Fort Wayne native and Indiana football player Isaac Griffith remains in critical but stable condition in a Sarasota, Fla., hospital.
Injured in a swimming accident while on a spring break vacation, Griffith has been in a medically induced coma for at least the past 20 hours.
Doctors in the critical care unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital said Griffith was “showing small but incremental improvements,” according to a statement released by spokeswoman Kim Savage on Tuesday night.
His father, Shannon Griffith, told The Journal Gazette that his son was “winning little battles.”
Griffith was on a ventilator earlier Tuesday to help his lungs heal, according to his father. There was no indication whether Griffith had since been removed from the ventilator.
Shannon and his wife Kim issued a joint statement through the hospital that thanked people from both Florida and Indiana for their prayers and support.
“We are seeing positive signs throughout the day,” they said.
Griffith was swept up by a wave off Siesta Beach on Monday. He was in the water with teammates Nick Stoner and Ty Smith as well as fellow Indiana student Mitch McCune. McCune was able to pull an unconscious Griffith from the turbulent ocean and perform CPR until help arrived, according to an incident report from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department.
The four men consumed alcohol in a room at La Siesta Condominiums before going swimming, alleged the report.
McCune told the Associated Press that the accounts of drinking were untrue.
When reached Tuesday by The Journal Gazette, Stoner, entering his senior season, said he was unharmed but declined to discuss other circumstances surrounding the accident.
“I'd rather not talk about it right now, that's not my focus,” Stoner said.
Meanwhile, the family asked for privacy and to not have any visitors or phone calls.
“We are a family of strength and faith,” Shannon Griffith tweeted. “You can be assured we will #KeepChoppin and #PrayForIke.”
Griffith starred at Homestead High School before redshirting the 2013 season, his first with the Hoosiers.