Indiana WR Nick Westbrook out for season with torn ACL

By Jesse Reed

The Indiana Hoosiers have a ton of offensive firepower, but receiver Nick Westbrook won’t be available to them the rest of the 2017 season.

The top returning receiver from last year, Westbrook was injured on the opening kickoff return last Thursday against Ohio State. Head coach Tom Allen announced Monday that Westbrook will be out the rest of the season after tearing his ACL.

“As we’ve shared with our team, sometimes life’s not fair,” Allen said, via the Indianapolis Star. “Things happen, it’s tough. He’s got a good attitude about it. He knows that it’s a challenge he has to overcome.”

Last season, Westbrook hauled in 54 receptions for 995 yards and six touchdowns. Though he was not the team’s No. 1 receiver on the depth chart this year, the Hoosiers were still looking to get him heavily involved on offense this season.

Without Westbrook, Indiana’s passing attack still fared well against Ohio State. Richard Lagow completed 40-of-65 passes for 410 yards with three touchdowns. Simmie Cobbs Jr. hauled in 11 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown to lead the Hoosiers.