Texas safety gives up football due to concussions, migraines

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Texas’ depth at defensive back just got a little bit thinner with the news that junior safety Nolan Brewster will have to give up football because of reoccurring problems with what are being classified as post-traumatic migraines and concussions.

With starting safety Christian Scott suspended for the first three games following a “repo incident”, Brewster was seeing more time on the field as a backup. But Brewster’s history of migraines and concussions, which date back to high school, were causing him problems on just about every play.

“I started to worry about getting a migraine or a concussion with every hit,” Brewster said. “The UCLA game (Sept. 17) was really the tipping point where I had to come out of the game and they diagnosed me with a severe concussion. When we got back to Austin, [team trainer Kenny Boyd] had me go through a series of tests…and they all felt like it would be best for me to stop playing.”

“It’s something we’ve been monitoring very closely,” Boyd added. “We’ve talked to Nolan and his family extensively about the situation…we felt it was in Nolan’s best interest to no longer play football.”

It’s always disappointing when a kid has to give up football because of a medical condition, but safety comes first, and the good news is that Brewster will be able to stay on scholarship while he continues school.

(Big thanks: Dallas Morning News)