The football career of Donovan Munger is over, Ohio State had coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.
Munger, a junior defensive tackle, has struggled with a pulmonary embolism since high school and had already missed time during his Ohio State career for that reason. Meyer said doctor’s gave Munger a year to see if the blood clots in his lungs returned, but problem resurfaced, ending his playing days early.
Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson said medical issues can be difficult to come to grips with, but he noted that Munger has handled the situation well.
“It’s tough, it really is, when you put your whole life into playing this game of football and you love it so much and then it gets taken away from you, it was a tough thing to swallow,” Johnson said. “But I think he understands it, this is best for him.
“I think now it gives him a chance to move on in his life, really do a great job in the classroom, get his degree and if he wants to get into coaching he’ll be able to do that.”
A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Munger was a reserve player for the Buckeyes in 2016, but he saw extended playing time in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame, which ended up being his final collegiate contest.
“He was really starting make some strides for us,” Johnson said.