Wednesday it was reported that Georgia’s Merritt Hall would be forced to step away from the game due to head injuries.
Thursday, UGA confirmed as much.
In a release, the school acknowledged that the fullback “has been medically disqualified by the UGA sports medicine staff for recurrent concussions.” The release further stated that Hall (pictured, No. 43) suffered a concussion last week to go along with “multiple (previous) concussions both in high school as well as college.”
“The UGA Athletic Association will apply for a medical exemption certificate for him,” the school stated, referring to the process in which the player is essentially “agreeing that they fully understand the conditions, that the diagnosis of the injury or illness clearly appears to be an incapacitating one, and that there’s a ‘reasonable expectation’ they’ll never again be able to play.”
In other words, Hall will remain on scholarship but won’t count toward UGA’s 85-man limit.
Hall has played in 25 games over the past two seasons, making seven starts. He was the Bulldogs’ starting fullback throughout the first couple of weeks of summer camp.