Indiana will once again have one of the Big Ten’s top cover cornerbacks in its defensive backfield next season.
Rashard Fant announced Thursday that he intends to return to IU for his final year of eligibility, giving the Hoosiers a trusted veteran at field side corner.
Fant, who gained admission into the Master of Public Affairs degree program at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, said last month that he would wait until after Indiana’s trip to the Foster Farms Bowl to decide whether to pursue a career in the NFL or return to college.
Indiana is certainly glad he chose the latter.
Fant earned All-Big Ten second team honors in 2016, leading the conference with 17 breakups and 20 passes defended. He also made three interceptions. Fant is first in the NCAA among active players with 48 career passes defended, averaging 1.3 across the 38 career games he’s played.
The Georgia native has also developed into a leader inside IU’s program. Fant has previously served as a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative for the Big Ten and also works as a Hoosier HEROES peer mentor, providing guidance to incoming freshman athletes.