Indiana QB Zander Diamont to leave team after season: ‘I need my brain’

Indiana backup quarterback Zander Diamond is set to leave the program following the 2016 college football season.

For Diamont, who says he has suffered “a lot” of concussions throughout his three-year career with the team, the decision was made to preserve his health.

“If I’m going to go out, I’m going to go out my way,” Diamont told reporters over the weekend, accordingto the Indy Star. “I think that for my safety and my future — I’m not going to the NFL — I need my brain. So that was the decision.”

Diamont also released a statement on social media thanking the Hoosiers fans for all of their support.

Diamont made the decision after discussing his health with his family. He then informed head coach Kevin Wilson, who was fully supportive of the junior’s choice.

During his career at Indiana, the dual-threat quarterback threw for  837 yards and one a touchdown. On the ground, Diamont added 552 rushing yards and nine scores. Diamont’s final appearance in uniform will come during the Hoosiers’ bowl game.

As for what’s next for the soon-to-be retired signal-caller, it could be giving a go at the entertainment scene in Los Angeles but he still treasures his time in Indiana.

“This game is life and I couldn’t be more grateful for the growth it’s brought me,” Diamont said.

Best of luck to Diamont in the next stage of his life.

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