Offensive Tackle David Barrent was one of the gems of Michigan State's 2009 recruiting class, then a 6'8" 290 pound offensive tackle ranked as one of the top 100 football recruits in the nation by Rivals. He's had health issues throughout his Spartan career, and like Joe Boisture did a few months ago, Barrent has chosen to take a medical disqualification due to chronic lower-back issues. Here's a quote from the press release:
"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."
Barrent will remain on scholarship as he pursues a degree in mechanical engineering. He was Academic All Big-Ten last season, so it looks like the Iowan is well on his way to a productive career. From one Spartan engineer to another, here's hoping that David graduates and has close to a pain-free life as possible.