Oct. 13, 2005
Cardinal head football coach Walt Harris announced today that fifth-year senior center Brian Head "has given up football due to health reasons," and sophomore defensive end Pannel Egboh will miss the remainder of the year due to a leg injury.
Head, who has battled injuries throughout his career, started the first two games of the year against Navy and UC Davis, but a shoulder injury in the Davis game forced him to miss the following two games against Oregon and Washington State. He has started 15 games in his Cardinal career and entered the 2005 campaign as the team's lone senior on the offensive line.
"Brian has done an outstanding job leading our team," said Harris. "but the wear and tear on his body and his inability to stay healthy has forced him to give up football. I am saddened about the news on his health. I hate to see someone not able to come back from injury after he's worked so hard to recover."
"His body told him enough's enough, and the medical personnel concurred," said Harris.
Harris said that Head will remain with the team for the rest of the season as an undergraduate coach. "It's the next best thing to utilize his knowledge and experience," said Harris.
Meanwhile, Egboh underwent surgery Wednesday evening to repair his injured leg and will be lost for he season. After showing continued improvement through the first three games, Egboh earned his first starting assignment last week at Washington State.
"That's a huge loss," said Harris. "First, it's another defensive lineman. Second, a starting defensive lineman. Third, he is a second year player who keeps getting better and, fourth, he has great size and movement,"
The domino effect of Egboh's loss resulted in junior Michael Macellari being moved from the offensive line to the defensive line. Macellari played defensive line in 2003 before being converted to offensive line prior to the 2004 campaign.