Sophomore running back Morgan Ellison, Indiana's leading rusher last season, has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities, the school announced on Friday.
Indiana did not immediately disclose the reason or length of the suspension, but Ellison is expected to miss the Hoosiers' season opener against Florida International on Sept. 1 at a minimum.
Ellison rushed for 704 yards and six touchdowns last season to lead Indiana in both categories, gaining 186 yards against Georgia Southern and 149 against Rutgers. He also caught nine passes for 60 yards.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Ellison was selected all-district, all-conference and All-Ohio in his senior year at Pickerington Central High School after rushing for 1,841 yards and 29 touchdowns. Pickerington Central went 13-2 and made it to the semifinals of the Division I state playoffs.
Ellison was rated the No. 37 running back nationally, No. 4 running back in the Midwest and No. 30 overall prospect in Ohio after missing his sophomore year because of a broken left leg and his junior year with a broken right leg.
Without Ellison, Indiana has redshirt sophomore Cole Gest, senior Mike Majette, redshirt senior Ricky Brookins and freshman Stevie Scott to share the running back chores.