Vanderbilt QB Patton Robinette's career is over

Vanderbilt QB Patton Robinette has ended his playing career.

Robinette made the announcement to his teammates on Friday.

According to the school, the decision "was influenced by a history of injuries." Robinette suffered a concussion in September, and according to his high school coach, it also forced him to miss class time in addition to playing time.

It was at least his second concussion. Per the Tennesseean, he had a concussion in 2010 in high school.

"This has been a very difficult decision to make," Robinette said in a team release. "This team means the world to me and I love playing football more than anything. It's been tough coming to a decision that is right for my family and I, and protects my health and future.

"I've been very deliberate in coming to this decision. It's difficult but I'm really excited to move forward to the next chapter of my life and really to see what the field of medicine has in store for me."

The team tweeted a picture of Robinette's acceptance to medical school earlier in the month.

Robinette participated in Vanderbilt's spring game before announcing his decision and was the leading contender to start at quarterback for the Commodores in 2015. Now that he won't be playing, the quarterback competition is down to Wade Freebeck, Johnny McCrary, Kyle Shurmur and Shawn Stankavage. Freebeck and McCrary saw playing time in 2014 as Vanderbilt had a quarterback carousel. Stankavage is a redshirt freshman while Shurmur will be a true freshman in the fall.

In his career, Robinette threw for 1,096 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. He was 43-67 passing for 454 yards, three touchdowns and three inteceptions in 2014.

"Patton Robinette is one of the most fierce competitors that I've ever had the pleasure to coach," Vanderbily coach Derek Mason said. "He's been a winner on every level and a guy that others look to for leadership. Patton leaves this football team in good hands, and has done a fantastic job of helping to create a foundation for success.

"This has been tough on Patton and his family, but we support his decision and look forward to seeing what the future in medicine holds for such an outstanding young man,"

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