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IU's Griffith injured in swimming accident (with VIDEO)

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Former Homestead standout in Florida hospital

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Former Homestead standout Isaac Griffith, an Indiana freshman wide receiver, is in critical condition at a Sarasota, Fla., hospital following a Monday swimming accident.

According to a tweet by his father, Manchester College football coach Shannon Griffith, his son was injured in a "water accident involving a rip current." Isaac Griffith was on spring break in Florida.

"My wife, Kim, and I have been at Isaac's bedside since 2 AM we are encouraged with his progress in ICU but we have small battles to face and are asking for your thoughts and prayers. We have great care surrounding him, we have placed this battle in God's, and we look for the small battles he has over come. His vitals are stable but we still need for continue prayer for his lungs. He is still in medical induce coma and on a ventilator to help his Lungs heal. My wife and I want to thank all that have reached out we are Truly thankful for positive words and loving messages. I want to thank #HoosierNation and players who have been with Isaac or who reached out to us. We are a family of strength and faith. You can be assured we will #KeepChoppin and #PrayForIke"

Homestead High School football tweeted late Monday night that, “Please pray for former Spartan & current Hoosier, Isaac Griffith & his family. Isaac was in a swimming accident & is critical. Thank you.”

IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld tweeted, “I'd appreciate it if everybody could take a second and pray for my teammate @isaac_griff right now.”

Another Hoosier teammate, Ty Smith, tweeted, “Isaac is doing better y'all. Keep praying.”

The 6-foot, 195-pound Griffith redshirted last season. He was an all-state player at Homestead. He set school career records for catches (119), yards (2,453) and touchdowns (37). He also has single season school records for points (162) and receiving touchdowns (22), plus the record for longest punt return (80 yards).

Griffith helped Homestead win four Northeast Conference titles. He was the state's No. 12 prospect as a senior by ESPN.com.

Shannon Griffith tweeted late Monday night, “My wife and I are boarding a plane to Sarasota to be by his side. Our faith in God is our strength. His condition is Stable, but still critical. At this point in a medically induced coma to allow his lungs to heal. Other (signs) are positive at this time. We ask for your thoughts and prayers.”

IU athletics released the following statement: “We are aware of Isaac Griffith's condition. Our prayers are with Isaac and his family and we ask Hoosier Nation to keep the Griffith family in their thoughts.”