Tuck Gives Up Football Because Of Injury

FAYETTEVILLE — Crosby Tuck's once-promising career at Arkansas has come to an end because of ongoing problems with an elbow injury suffered early in his freshman season.

The former Shiloh Christian wide receiver announced Monday that he has decided to quit playing football for the Razorbacks, despite having three years of eligibility remaining.

Tuck said in a statement that he will remain at Arkansas as a student, but he didn't feel he could continue playing because his injured right elbow hasn't healed completely over the past two years.

"While I have made some progress since my injury, it has grown increasingly difficult to remain competitive at this level of college football," Tuck said in the statement released through the university.

"I am appreciative to the physicians and the sports medicine staff for their work and support during my football career. While I will no longer play football, I am excited to remain at the University of Arkansas, pursue my degree and continue to be a part of the Razorback family."

Tuck made an immediate impact when he arrived on Arkansas' campus as a freshman in the summer of 2007. He impressed former coach Houston Nutt with his ability to make tough catches in practice, and he showed his good hands in his first two games with the Razorbacks.

In Arkansas' 2007 season opener, Tuck caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden on a trick play in a 46-26 win over Troy in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Two weeks later, the wide receiver scored on a 40-yard touchdown catch in a 41-38 loss at Alabama, giving him two catches for two touchdowns.

But Tuck's promising start was derailed when he fractured his right elbow in a 42-29 loss to Kentucky on Sept. 22, 2007, forcing him to miss the remainder of his freshman season.

As a redshirt freshman last season, Tuck tried to come back from the injury, but he had trouble holding onto the football in practice.

Tuck slipped down the depth chart, started only one game and finished 2008 with two catches for 18 yards and no touchdowns. He ends his career with five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

"I just hate it for Crosby because he showed that he could play at that level," said Josh Floyd, Tuck's former coach at Shiloh Christian. "... Every time I talked to him, I never felt like he was really totally healthy again."

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