BLOOMINGTON — Injuries never gave Indiana receiver Isaac Griffith a chance.The former Homestead standout has decided not to play football next season. Griffith tweeted the announcement on Monday.
He never recovered from a severe knee injury suffered against Penn State in October of 2015. The injury also damaged a nerve, which affected his foot. He missed the second half of the 2015 season, and didn’t play at all this past season.
Griffith played seven games for IU, totaling five catches for 54 yards."I had every intention to play again," Griffith tweeted. "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."
Another receiver, Marqui Hawkins, also tweeted that he won’t play football next season. Hawkins transferred to IU in 2014 after Alabama-Birmingham briefly dropped its program. He played in three games in 2015, but didn’t play at all this past season.
Also, IU will not retain offensive coordinator Kevin Johns and tight ends coach James Patton as new head coach Tom Allen works to complete his staff.
Allen is expected to hire Mississippi receivers coach Grant Heard, although there has not been an official announcement.
Johns and Patton were hired by former IU head coach Kevin Wilson, who surprisingly resigned in late November.
Johns spent the last six seasons with the Hoosiers, also coaching receivers and quarterbacks. Patton was at Indiana for four seasons.
In 2015, Indiana had the Big Ten’s best offense. Last season, the Hoosiers struggled under new quarterback Richard Lagow, a junior college transfer.
Allen said he believes in a spread attack that can vary the tempo. He wants to improve the running game as well as red zone productivity. The Hoosiers ranked among the Big Ten’s worst teams in those areas this past season, during which they went 6-7 and lost to Utah in the Foster Farms Bowl.