IU football player in coma after spring break accident

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – Indiana University football player Isaac Griffith is in a medically induced coma in a Florida hospital, hospital officials said Tuesday.

Officials say Griffith was involved in a swimming accident Monday.

Griffith’s father, Shannon, the head football coach at Manchester College, released a statement on Twitter saying that his son was caught in an accident “involving a rip current” while with friends on spring break in Sarasota, Florida. He says his son is “stable but still critical, at this point.”

Griffith is a member of Indiana’s 2013 recruiting class. He set records at Homestead High School near Fort Wayne before becoming the first player to commit in that class for Indiana University.

He had 37 touchdown catches in high school and was an all-state player as a senior.

“We ask for your thoughts and prayers,” Shannon Griffith tweeted.

Tuesday evening, Griffith remained in a medically induced coma in Sarasota Memorial’s Critical Care Unit. His condition is critical, but stable. Doctors say he is showing small, but incremental improvements, hospital officials said.

A Sarasota Memorial Health Care System spokesperson released the following statement on behalf of the Griffith family:

“We deeply appreciate the prayers and outpouring of support coming to us through tweets, calls and messages, both from Florida and Indiana. We are seeing positive signs throughout the day and winning small battles that give us hope.”

Hospital officials say Isaac’s parents, Shannon and Kim Griffith, have asked for privacy during their son’s recovery.

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