Junior Lineman Going On Medical Hardship Status

An injury is forcing a redshirt junior Auburn football player to give up the sport.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior offensive lineman Steve Goula is giving up football but will remain in school on scholarship.

The 6-6, 299-pounder from McGill-Toolen High in Mobile is being placed on a medical hardship scholarship. Signed by Auburn in February 1999, he has been plagued by injuries.

Goula missed the past two spring training sessions due to injuries. In spring of 2001, he was out due to surgery to repair damage to his right hand. This past spring, he was trying to recover from a neck problem. Coach Tommy Tuberville says that the problem with the neck is the reason that Goula is putting away the pads.

Steve Goula (66) is shown during two-a-days prior to his sophomore season next to Cole Cubelic (61). Monreko Crittenden is bending over to the left of Cubelic. Daniel Cobb (16) is the quarterback. Marcus Johnson (95), who is now at Murray State, is lined up on defense.

"The problem was not getting any better and we decided that it was in Steve's best interest not to play football because of concerns about his health," Tuberville says. "He will stay in school and remain on scholarship and finish work on his degree." Goula is majoring in business. By being on medical hardship status, he does not count on the 85-limit of football players on scholarship.

Steve Goula

Goula played in 13 games as a redshirt freshman on special teams and was in for 11 plays against Wyoming that season. As a sophomore, he played in three games on special teams.

To bolster the depth at the offensive guard spot, backup center Danny Lindsey is expected to move there when two-a-days start in August. Tuberville says that the Tigers will be giving signees Marcus McNeill and Jonathan Palmer of Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga., a chance for early playing time on the offensive front along with signee Troy Reddick from Westover High in Albany, Ga.

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