Diamont not dwelling on drops

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — They huddled together along the wall of a corridor leading from the field to Indiana’s locker room after Saturday’s 43-25 loss at Rutgers.

There, IU coach Kevin Wilson and athletic director Fred Glass spoke with one another one-on-one as they normally do after football games, home or away. But the conversation stopped for a moment when true freshman quarterback Zander Diamont passed by them on his way down the hall.

Diamont stopped to apologize to Wilson for a mistake that happened during Indiana’s fifth consecutive loss, but Wilson didn’t want to hear it. He told Diamont that he appreciates his ability to progress and Glass concurred.

Diamont completed 15 of his 31 passes for a career-best 179 yards and a touchdown — Indiana’s first since Nate Sudfeld found Nick Stoner open in the end zone of IU’s game at Iowa on Oct. 11.

And yet those numbers could have been better if not for a handful of critical drops by Indiana’s receivers.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t frustrating, but I’m in no position to be criticizing anybody for some dropped balls based on the last few weeks and how I’ve played,” Diamont said. “We have a lot of young guys playing out there and nobody knows what it’s like to play in front of 60,000 people on TV when you’re an 18- or 19-year-old kid. I feel for those guys because I’m in the same position. Yeah, we had some drops, but we’re going to work at it this week and we’re going to be good.”

For the second consecutive week, Indiana’s receivers were unable to come through with key catches on third down. It was a similar occurrence to last week’s loss to Penn State, when IU couldn’t convert on third down due to drops.

As Diamont’s progress continues weekly, Indiana’s lack of receiver development has become troublesome. It’s not merely the young players either, with Shane Wynn failing to haul in a couple big throws in key moments.

Wilson said his only option is to continue throwing the ball until they figure it out.

“A few years ago Michigan State, as they came on a couple of years ago, the young guys really struggled, but their kids grew through that,” Wilson said. “Our guys have to go through that. We told them ‘We are going to keep coming at you. You are talented. You just have to mature and grow through this.’ We will keep pushing that. There will be some drops, we just have got to keep pushing.”

6 comments

  1. You can wish for better results, but you have to appreciate the maturity and intelligence of all parties concerned, including Wilson, Glass and Diamont. That’s a true leader. Give him some time and he is going to be terrific.

  2. That’s for sure. IU Football is really doing well and most certainly on an upward trajectory. I’m excited for the rest of the season!!!

  3. Wonderful display of leadership from a kid who’s getting better from week to week. Keep grindin’ Hooisers.
    Watch film, apply the experience gained in this game to next weeks and get ready for O-State. Go Hoosiers!!!

  4. I posted last week that our WR group is no longer a strength and someone tried to state otherwise. They struggled when Sudfled was still playing and still do now. WR has been a huge drop off this year, with no real improvement since the start of the season. With Wynn gone after this year they will need to step it up or really focus on finding some 3 stars that turn out to be rock stars that can start as freshman. Diamont is improving despite the lack of talent around him.

  5. Zander is clearly showing potential! While still a long way to go, I like the poise, confidence and guts; not to mention, the young man has an arm. And, he sounds like a high character guy! I hope our staff can continue to develop him and that he does not transfer or Lord forbid, get hurt. I think that we have some receivers with some potential but we are terribly inexperienced there and it shows. Our offensive line play is OK, not great.

Comments are closed.