Michigan State will likely face Indiana freshman QB

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
A shoulder injury to Indiana's Nate Sudfeld has created a chain reaction that has the Hoosiers turning to freshman Zander Diamont Saturday against Michigan State.

Michigan State was already preparing to face Indiana's backup quarterback this week after starter Nate Sudfeld was lost for the season to a separated shoulder.

But on Wednesday, things took another turn when the Indianapolis Star reported that freshman backup Chris Covington would not play, citing his mother, Sheneesha Edwards, saying her son would not play without elaborating.

The news means freshman Zander Diamont will likely be the starter though he hasn't attempted a pass.

"Zander is a good player, throws well, runs well," Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said Monday. "He's a smaller guy. You've got two freshmen, so you've just got to be careful of what you ask those guys. When you have freshmen, you have some mistakes, and they are going to be challenged, but the defense is going to do everything they can to make his role uncomfortable."