Zander Diamont really, really wants to keep the Bucket

The way this season has gone for Indiana’s football program, quarterback Zander Diamont can’t think of anything more fitting than a win against Purdue.

And trust him.

He really, really wants to win this one.

“There’s part of me that feels like, with everything this team’s been through this season and all of the adversity and the losses, it’s kind of building to this moment,” Diamont said.

It’ll be the first Old Oaken Bucket game for the true freshman, who’s coming off two of his best performances since taking over in mid-October.

“I’ve heard all about it,” Diamont said. “I want to win. I think this game is one of the most important I’ve every played in. For me, for my sanity, I’ve never wanted to win so bad.”

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson says he continues to see the necessary progress from Diamont, who threw for a combined 293 yards against Rutgers and Ohio State, while completing 26 of his 58 passes over that span.

For the season, Diamont has thrown for 396 yards on 49-of-108 passing. Against Purdue, he’ll see the Big Ten’s No. 13 pass defense, which is allowing 233.5 yards per contest. Only IU has allowed more yards through the air this season.

“There’s urgency now,” Wilson said. “He was a little bit overwhelmed, but with time on task, great experience, great work, he’s getting comfortable. As he plays he’s getting comfortable, and I think the players are getting much more comfortable. The coaches, we’re just trying to put him in better places. We still miss some things. He had the opportunity the other day to make a few plays. He has the discretion to do some things that sometimes he still plays a little close to the vest — I’m not talking about where he throw the ball, just some things our offense has built in where the quarterback has got the green light.”


  1. The kid’s been frantically scrambling around like a valley girl freaking out over a pimple on prom night…..Just play the damn game and shuddup. Don’t give press until they impress.

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