Injury Forces CJ Carroll To Give Up Football

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CJ Carroll has been forced to give up football because of a chronic foot injury. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

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.

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.

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  1. CJ,
    First, thank you for being a Hokie. You have been a consummate teammate and wherever you land after graduation, the organization will be enhanced by your presence. Good luck, young man!

  2. Thank you CJ! I hope the rest of these guys learned from the way you conducted yourself and your business. I will always remember the good things you did for the program and for HokieNation

    Thanks and good luck!

  3. CJ, thank you for all you have done for our HOKIES and for all the small guys who love football. Best Wishes for your future.

  4. Isn’t this another former walk-on saying good-bye?
    ThanK You, CJ, for the way you conducted yourself, represented the Hokie Nation, practiced and played hard. You set a great Hokie example for all your teammates every time, all the time.

    1. I was just wondering last week why we haven’t seen more of him. Always seemed to be a consistent route runner with reliable hands when he was in there. Wish him well.

  5. Very sorry to hear this about C.J., I am sure that was a really tough decision. Always enjoyed watching him play, you could tell he was a hard worker and I wish him nothing but the best. #hokieforlife

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