Penn State junior defensive end Ryan Buchholz, expected to be a key part of the Nittany Lions’ front, announced Wednesday he is giving up football due to back injuries.
“Stemming from problems developed in high school, I’ve been through years of dealing with extreme pain. After multiple back surgeries and the inability to perform 100% at this level, it is time for me to retire,” he wrote in a social media post.
“You only have one body and my health and future well-being is most important to me.”
Buchholz started six of the 10 games in which he played last season, missing three due to injury. He made 18 tackles, including two sacks. He also forced a fumble.
Buchholz and returning starting end Shareef Miller, who led Penn State in sacks (five) and tackles for loss (11) last season, were expected to anchor the line, which will feature two new starting defensive tackles.
Buchholz made 34 career tackles, with five sacks.
“Unfortunately, some things don’t last forever and I am just very thankful for everyone who has helped and supported me throughout my career,” Buchholz wrote.
Penn State had two other players recently retire due to injury. They are redshirt sophomore quarterback Jake Zembiec and true freshman offensive lineman Nana Asiedu.