Concussion have once again brought a premature end to a collegiate playing career.
In a missive posted to his personal Twitter account, Akeel Lynch announced that he has “made the decision to stop playing football.” The Nevada running back’s decision was made because of “two significant concussions” he suffered in “a short period of time” and after consultation with doctors and family members.
“I’ve been battling the internal conflict between a childhood dream and consequence of another concussion,” Lynch added.
— Akeel J. Lynch (@ALynch_22) October 17, 2016
In January, Lynch announced his decision to move on from Penn State and ultimately landed at nevada as a graduate transfer. In three games this season, Lynch had rushed for 28 yards on eight carries.
He hadn’t played the last two games because of the most recent concussion.
After redshirting as a three-star true freshman in 2012, Lynch ran for 358 yards the following season for the Nittany Lions. A team-leading 678 yards rushing in 2014 set him up to be the bellcow of the Nittany Lions’ running game this past season; however, the emergence of true freshman Saquon Barkley (1,076 yards) relegated Lynch to a secondary role — his 282 yards were still second on the team — and helped pave the way for his departure from Happy Valley.