Griffith, Hawkins will not return in 2017

A pair of Hoosier receivers will not use their final year of eligibility in 2017.

Redshirt juniors Isaac Griffith and Marqui Hawkins each announced through their Twitter accounts on Monday that they have decided not to play football next fall.

In Griffith’s case, he never fully recovered from an ACL/LCL injury suffered during a loss at Penn State in October 2015. Griffith wrote Monday that he also damaged his peroneal nerve that day in State College, which caused him to lose function in his foot.

Griffith was not able to play in 2016 and finishes his career having played in seven games, with five catches for 54 yards.

“I had every intention to play again,” Griffith wrote. “After I had my knee repaired, the nerve was still intact. After months of rehab, I was able to come back to running and routes just after five months but my foot still had trouble. In August, I had another surgery to repair the nerve as the nerve had scarred, not allowing for any nerve regeneration.

“During this time I received nothing but the fullest support from my coaches, my teammates, and the training staff. The nerve injury is a waiting game injury and out of my complete control that I decided it be best to have my health further in life and is why I decided on not playing my fifth year. It was a tough decision but I believe God has a reason for everything and I trust his plan.”

Hawkins played sparingly during two seasons at Indiana. He transferred to IU from UAB after the Blazers temporarily shuttered their program in the fall of 2014.

Hawkins did not appear in any games this past season, though he played in three contests in 2015. He was named IU’s scout team player of the week on four occasions that season.