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Multiple injuries force Spartans O-lineman to retire from football

Skyler Burkland AP

On the verge of the start of fall camp, Michigan State is losing one of its more experienced offensive linemen.

Michigan State junior offensive tackle Skyler Burkland via a university release that he is retiring from football due to multiple injuries. He will forgo his final two years of eligibility, but has applied for medical disqualification that would allow him to stay on scholarship so he can complete his degree. That scholarship would not count toward the 85-man limit for the Spartans roster.

“This was a difficult decision for Skyler,” Dantonio said. “We’ll certainly miss him on the football field, but he’ll remain heavily involved in our program and continue to work on earning his degree.”

After missing the first few weeks of the 2012 season with a hand injury, Burkland went on to start the final 11 games of the season at right tackle for the Spartans. He also missed a majority of the 2011 season with an ankle injury after starting the first three games of the year.

It’s a tough position for any player to be in. Our best to Burkland as he goes forward without playing football.

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4 Responses to “Multiple injuries force Spartans O-lineman to retire from football”
  1. friarjack61 says: Jul 31, 2013 5:15 PM

    Good for him, to stay in school to get his degree !

  2. kiopta1 says: Jul 31, 2013 5:27 PM

    Good luck and God bless – a ND man

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 31, 2013 5:28 PM

    Get that degree and go into either the business side of the game or maybe coaching.

  4. jgater1981 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:43 AM

    I’m also a ND man, and I hope they let him keep his scholarship to continue his degree. My student loans understand how hard it can be. Good job, big fella!

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