EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University says junior offensive tackle Skyler Burkland is quitting the Spartans’ football program because of multiple injuries and will forgo his final two years of college eligibility.
Coach Mark Dantonio says Burkland applied for a medical disqualification Tuesday. Once the paperwork is approved, Burkland will remain on scholarship but won’t count toward the NCAA’s 85-man scholarship limit.
The 6-foot-7-inch, 315-pound Burkland saw action in 15 career games, including 14 starts at right tackle.
The Sunbury, Ohio, native missed part of preseason camp and the first game of the 2012 season against Boise State in 2012 with a hand injury. He also broke and dislocated his left ankle against Notre Dame in 2011.
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