Earlier today, Head Coach Chris Petersen started out his weekly Thursday post-practice interview by announcing that two players have medically retired.
Junior defensive back Austin Joyner who suffered a concussion during the Arizona State game last month will have to retire from football.
The University of Washington doctors assessed his health and deemed this as the right time for him to retire in order to keep his health in tact.
Joyner is listed at 5-foot-11 inches and 200 pounds and is a local star from Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington.
“He’s okay…..The thing that’s good about this situation is that this probably would have never happened eight years ago….You just go. Guys get concussions, you go and heal up and you go. And I think everybody is just on top of this where it’s like, how many has he had, how serious is this and everybody’s hypersensitive to this situation. Which I think is a good thing.” Petersen said this morning about Joyner.
Junior defensive lineman Jared Pulu who has not seen the field all season will have to medically retire from football as well.
Petersen said earlier today that Pulu has a rare kidney condition that he has not been able to overcome.
Pulu is listed at 6-foot-4 and 281 pounds and is another local favorite from Federal Way High School in Federal Way, Washington.
“It’s tough…..All the hard work he’s put and he was really going to be a contributor for us on that d-line. It’s a hard place for us to find guys. But the good thing is, he’s getting close to being graduated and we’ve still got him until he gets graduated. He’ll get that done and that’s the primary reason why those guys are here. He’s got a great attitude! He’s helping us out there with coaching and those things.” Petersen said this morning about Pulu.
While they are no longer playing football for the Huskies, Petersen said that their policy is to honor all medical retirements in terms of scholarships.
“When those guys medically retire, we still certainly honor their scholarship but we want them involved with us somehow, whether it’s in the athletic department or with us wherever their interests might lie…..”They’ll always be with us.” Petersen said earlier today.