Tom Allen is hopeful that Indiana receiver Whop Philyor will make a return to the field before the season ends, but that could be more wishful thinking than reality.
Allen was asked about Philyor’s status during his weekly press conference. The Hoosiers receiver has battled a high-ankle sprain through a good portion of the season, as well as other unrelated injuries.
Philyor has missed three games and did not play in Indiana’s 34-32 win over Maryland on Saturday.
According to Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star, Allen is trying to get Philyor back on the field. With a couple different injuries hindering his health, the receiver may have to remain on the sideline for the remainder of the year.
Tom Allen says IU is still trying to get Whp Philyor back this year, but he doesn't know if its possible. High-ankle sprain been the long-term problem, and then another injury unrelated. #iufb
"I feel for him, because he's worked his tail off." #iufb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) November 12, 2018
Philyor has 23 catches for 235 yards and a touchdown this season, though most of that production came in one game. In Indiana’s loss to Michigan State on Sept. 22, the sophomore had 13 receptions for 148 yards and a score.
Entering the year, Philyor was expected to be a huge piece of the Hoosiers’ receiving corps. Those injuries have lingered around throughout the year, though, hindering his ability to produce the type of numbers most anticipated.
Last season, Philyor had 335 yards and three touchdowns on 33 catches for the Hoosiers.