Health concerns have cost Northwestern a starter heading into the spring preparation portion of the 2019 offseason.
On his personal Twitter account Monday night, Cameron Green announced that, “due to concussion and head injuries within my family, I have chosen to step away from the game.” Green, who played the “superback” position for the Wildcats, had one year of eligibility remaining prior to his decision.
This past season, Green’s four receiving touchdowns led the Wildcats while his 57 receptions were second on the team behind Flynn Nagel‘s 68. His 483 yards receiving were good for third on the squad as well.
Green is the second significant contributor for the Wildcats in the last five months to retire because of medical concerns. In late September, it was confirmed by the football program that Jeremy Larkin, who was leading the team in rushing yards at the time, had been forced to step away permanently from the game of football as the result of a diagnosis of cervical stenosis.
Considering the events that have unfolded earlier on championship Saturday in college football, Ohio State may be in a position to need to win impressively against Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game. After 30 minutes, Ohio State leads the Wildcats, 24-7.
Ohio State started the game the way it needed with a 10-play drive traveling 77 yards and ending with a touchdown pass from Dwayne Haskins to Terry McLaurin. The defense then forced Northwestern to go three-and-out to get the ball back quickly. But after Northwestern’s defense turned in a quick defensive stand, Northwestern running back John Moten IV took off for a 77-yard run against the Buckeyes defense for a game-tying score. It was the seventh time this season Ohio State had given up a play of at least 70 yards.
But then Northwestern’s offense appeared to hit a wall. A three-and-out was followed by two straight possessions ending with turnovers; an interception in the end zone thrown by Clayton Thorson and then a Thorson fumble just moments after the Wildcats had picked off a pass from Haskins. Ohio State managed to tack on a field goal to take a 17-7 lead and has remained in control as the game approached halftime. Haskins made sure the lead was given a bit more of a cushion before the half with a 42-yard touchdown pass to McLaurin late in the half. Haskins is already up to 249 passing yards with two touchdowns.
If Northwestern is going to make a comeback in this game, they will have to do so without leading receiver Flynn Nagel. Nagel has been ruled out for the remainder of the game after limping off the field in the first half.