Earlier this week it was announced that Michigan State offensive tackle David Barrent will forgo his final three years of eligibility. The reason he is leaving the football program is injury-related, as Barrent has been dealing with chronic lower-back problems.â†µ
Although Barrent will no longer play football, he will stay on scholarship during the remainder of his time at Michigan State after his medical disqualification waiver is approved. Barrent is a mechanical engineering major and was on the Academic All-Big Ten Team, so he certainly will be putting that scholarship to good use in the classroom even though he will miss being on the football team.
"I'll miss the camaraderie," Barrent said. "I've made lifelong friendships, but I'll definitely miss being on the field competing with my teammates. I'm thankful for the opportunity to remain close to the program while pursuing my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering."â†µ
Barrent played in seven games in 2010. He was set to be a redshirt sophomore this fall and compete for a starting job on the offensive line.