Florida linebacker Nick Smith has given up football due to a serious neck injury, the redshirt sophomore announced on Twitter on Tuesday night.
Smith, who played in the opener but not in any other games this past season, said on Twitter that he is dealing with a neck injury that could lead to paralysis if he continued to play football.
“By the grace of God, I’m still walking, talking and breathing on my on will and can promise that I WILL NOT LET FOOTBALL DEFINE WHO I AM AS A PERSON,” Smith wrote.
Smith will be allowed to remain on scholarship as a medical hardship. His scholarship will not count against UF’s overall total.
Smith, a three-star prospect from Orlando, missed his true freshman season in 2017 after undergoing knee surgery.
He is the third UF player in the past two years to give up football due to health concerns, joining wide receiver James Robinson and defensive back Randy Russell.
Robinson and Russell both were diagnosed with heart conditions after they arrived at UF as true freshmen. Both remain on scholarship and are attending classes at UF.