While the majority of Mid-American Conference fans eyes are on Avon, OH and the MAC baseball tourney, there is still football news to report. Sources with knowledge of the situation confirm to Hustle Belt that the Miami-Ohio Redhawks have signed Jordan Diamond, a fifth year transfer from Auburn. Yes, that Auburn. In the SEC. This is big, as is Diamond.
Diamond graduated in May from Auburn and now will continue his education, and his career as a Redhawk in Oxford. At 6'4" and 304 pounds, Diamond, who is eligibile immediately, looks to have an immediate impact for Miami and against MAC defenses. It is not a trade secret that in the Mid-American Conference, as the offensive line goes, so goes the offense, and as the offense goes, so goes the season. Miami is in much better shape today than they were yesterday with the addition of Diamond.
Diamond's career has been somewhat marred by injuries as Diamond sat out the 2012 season with a shoulder injury and then played four games of the 2013 season at right guard. Back surgery cut his 2014 season short beyond seeing snaps in the first two games against Arkansas and Louisiana-Monroe. In 2015, he didn’t see action until the second-to-last game of the year, against Idaho.
In the case of Diamond, it's not just his athletic prowess that should have the fans giddy. His talent on the field is surpassed by his character off of it. I would encourage you to check this piece out from Auburn, about Diamond's impact and difference making in his Chicago neighborhood. I can only hope those who parrot the narrative about football players being me-first and not part of something larger than the Saturday spectacle get a chance to meet Diamond.