After Practice today Bulls Head Coach Skip Holtz announced hat Bulls senior offensive guard Zach Hermann has decided that after making a tough decision will no longer be playing football due to injuries.
The senior USF offensive lineman returned to the practice fields in full pads for the first time on Monday but was not at practice during on Wednesday. Hermann had been out for several weeks due to a bulging disc/neck injury that he occurred against West Virginia last season.
"Hermann has been fight the issue with his neck and had some tough decisions to make," said USF Head Coach Skip Holtz. "He's been meeting with trainer Steve Walsh and his family for the last couple of days and came to the conclusion that with everything that he's been through and the severity of the injury that he's not going to continue playing."
It was a decision made between Zach Hermann and the medical staff, and Coach Holtz was not involved in the decision. "I respect his decision and he has to take the information that he gets from the medical staff and make his decision based on that. It's a very hard time for him and I feel for him, because his decision is to play but with the medical issues, he has to decide if he wants to run the risk of injury."
"It's a tough time for him, with a game that he's played his whole life and has been very good at," said Coach Holtz. "He's going through a hard time right now accepting it and I feel for him. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family with what they're going through right now. We'll continue to do everything that we can to ensure that he gets the treatment for a full recovery and live a healthy life."
Hermann entered his senior year as the most experienced USF offensive lineman with 26 career starts and his loss will hurt the Bulls depth at the position.