The freshman from Greenville, SC had two back surgeries this past fall after initially suffering a back injury while lifting weights last summer.
"It is most important to me that I have a normal life when I am older,"
said Jay, who will remain a Clemson student and serve as a student
coach. "After talking to the doctors, it was obvious that by returning
to the football field I would be at a high risk for serious injury. I
want to be able to play with my kids when I start a family years from
Jay enrolled at Clemson in January of 2009 following an outstanding high
school career at Christ Church Episcopal School. A Shrine Bowl
selection for the South Carolina team, he was a four-star selection by Scout.com. He was also selected to play in the
ESPN/Under Armour All-American game.
Jay had a strong spring practice at Clemson in 2009 and was listed as a
co-starter at right tackle entering fall camp. But the back injury
forced him to have surgery and red-shirt the season. He had another
back surgery in December. He also had mononucleosis during the fall and
had to drop out of school. He returned to campus on Wednesday and will
continue his academic career this semester.
Jay will remain on scholarship, but as a career ending medical hardship,
he will not be counted towards Clemson's maximum 85 scholarship limit.
Jay to Become Student Coach
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