Senior wide receiver CJ Carroll announced Wednesday night that he was giving up football due to chronic foot injuries. He has been battling the injuries since at least early last season, and after another setback during the Notre Dame game, he decide that it was best to end his career early.
Thank you Hokie Nation!! ❤️✌️ pic.twitter.com/na0hMrqqQU
— CJ Carroll (@_CJ86_) October 11, 2018
In a Virginia Tech press release, head coach Justin Fuente said, “Our team and our entire football and athletic training staff has the utmost respect for the way C.J. has worked and battled to keep playing through this injury. Unfortunately, C.J., his family and our medical team all agree that the only way he can fully healthy is to rest and rehab without competing. While I know C.J. very much wanted to finish his senior year on the field with his teammates, we will always appreciate his many contributions to our program at Virginia Tech and know that he’ll continue supporting our squad the remainder of the season.”
Carroll caught 33 catches for 415 yards and one touchdowns during his career, along with 14 carries for 45 yards. The former walkon also returned 21 punts for 156 yards.
In Carroll’s absence, wide receivers Damon Hazelton and Hezekiah Grimsley will likely become Virginia Tech’s primary punt returners.