Zander Diamont doesn't plan on returning to the field for Indiana
With the growing concern of long-term health among college and professional football players, it’s become commonplace for guys to suddenly retire from the game for safety reasons.
Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont will be one of those players.
After the Hoosiers beat rival Purdue 26-24 on Saturday to post their fourth-straight win over the Boilermakers and lock-up consecutive bowl berths for the first time since 1990-91, head coach Kevin Wilson said that Diamont will hang up his cleats once the season concludes.
Diamont is only a junior but is scheduled to graduate in the summer.
According to Wilson, Diamont has been concerned about the number of big hits he’s taken during his three seasons in Bloomington. The shifty quarterback has been hit pretty frequently through his career, used more as a runner than a pocket-passer.
Here’s what Wilson had to say about the junior quarterback:
He came to me about a week ago. I think we had been talking about it, and he said ‘Hey, I can graduate in the summer, and I think this is it.’ He’s been talking with his family.
Diamont ran for 42 yards on 13 carries in the Old Oaken Bucket game, scoring one TD in the contest. He only threw three passes in the game and didn’t end the day with a single completion.
He first came on to the season in 2014, when starter Nate Sudfeld and backup Chris Covington endured injuries. He was a freshman at the time and he finished the year starting the final six games.
For his career, Diamont racked up 552 rushing yards and 837 passing yards. He accounted for 10 total touchdowns, nine of which came via the ground. He’s come in frequently this season when Indiana is looking to get an offensive spark or his looking to be more mobile at the quarterback position.
Diamont will have one more game left in his Indiana career as the Hoosiers await to see where they will travel for their bowl game.