Texas Running Back Tre' Newton to Quit College Football for Good

Keenan Womack@@KParkerWomackContributor IIINovember 15, 2010

LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 18:  Tre' Newton #23 of the Texas Longhorns at Jones AT&T Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With all of the recent stories about football concussions, player and coach awareness regarding head injuries has spread, resulting in teams holding players with head injuries out for longer than they would have been previously and NFL offices fining players heavily for helmet-to-helmet hits.

Armed with this information, University of Texas starting running back Tre' Newton has decided to quit football entirely due to the multiple concussions that he has received during his career, both in high school and in college.

Fortunately, he has stayed on top of his schoolwork during his football career at UT and has a bright future in some professional field other than football.

The university has also decided to let Newton keep his scholarship so that he may continue to attend Texas for free.

The Southlake Carroll Product will leave the starting running back job open to Fozzy Whittaker, after splitting carries with him and Cody Johnson for most of the year.

While it's always sad to see a player leave the team, this loss will not be a monumental one for the Longhorns. Don't cry for Newton, whom managed only 229 yards on 64 carries this year, good for a mediocre 3.6 yards per carry.

Anyway, there is a better than likely chance that incoming five-star running back Malcolm Brown would start over Newton next season.

With Whittaker out because of a shoulder injury, Cody Johnson will likely start against the mighty Owls of Florida Atlantic on Saturday.