Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders quarterback John Urzua announced his retirement today due to sustaining multiple concussions during his college career.
In a media press conference, John Urzua said that “Everybody who gave me their opinion had the same one,” and that “They told me I’d be crazy not to stop playing because it’s a brain injury.” John Urzua, a red-shirt sophomore, sustained another concussion two weeks ago when the Blue Raiders lost to Marshall, his third concussion of his career.
John Urzua, 20, joined the Blue Raiders in 2015 as he red-shirted his freshman year and played in five games in 2016 as a red-shirt freshman. This season, John Urzua has played in every game except two games and that was during week’s 1 and 2 of the season against Vanderbilt and Syracuse. John Urzua ends his college career with a 61% completion percentage, 2338 passing yards, and a 15/17 touchdown/interception ratio.
Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill said that John Urzua will remain a Blue Raider and will likely take on an assistant coaching role with the team for the year.