Florida offensive lineman Noah Banks announced his decision Sunday to medically retire, citing the medical issues that have kept him off the field throughout 2019. In a post on his Instagram page, Banks elaborated on what led to his retirement from college football.
“As most of you already know I’ve been living with epilepsy for 6 or 7 years now,” Banks wrote. “For several years after my first 2 episodes I didn’t experience anything else. Unfortunately within the past year and a half or so it’s seemed [sic] to come back around. I sat out this past spring and got cleared in the summer to come back. Unfortunately earlier this week after a normal practice I had another minor episode.”
A former junior college transfer from Iowa Western, Banks played in 12 games in 2018 for the Gators, recording his lone start against Idaho.
As Banks’ post outlined, the Gators had hoped he would return in preseason camp to provide depth along an inexperienced offensive line.
Now, the bulk of the responsibility will likely fall on redshirt freshman Richard Gouraige and redshirt sophomore T.J. Moore, in addition to true freshmen Ethan White and Michael Tarquin. Former walk-on Tanner Rowell, who was put on scholarship last week, provides depth at the position, too.
“I have loved everything about this sport and the University of Florida because it introduced me to so many new people and life experiences that I never would have gotten otherwise,” Banks wrote. “Earlier this week I made the decision to medically retire and hang it up. Thank you to everyone that I’ve met through this sport and continue to meet because I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.”
The Gators are scheduled hold their second scrimmage of preseason camp Sunday night.