Texas Tech defensive back Summitt Hogue announced Tuesday on his Facebook account that he’s having to retire from football because of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal.
Hogue wrote that a specialist would not clear him to continue playing and that paperwork had been finalized.
“God closes doors to open new ones,” Hogue wrote. “It was a dream come true to wear the scarlet and black!”
A Tech spokesman confirmed the veracity of the social-media post.
Hogue, from Frenship, played in all 13 games last year as a sophomore and was credited with 10 tackles, including a tackle for loss.
He played both safety and outside linebacker, but got most of his action covering kickoffs and punts the last two years. He made five tackles in 2012.
Hogue also was an academic all-Big 12 first-team honoree each of the last two years.
No final determination’s been made on Tech wide receiver Peyton Williams’ future, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said, but whether he plays again remains cloudy because of knee injuries.
Williams underwent knee surgery in January 2012, signed with Colorado and then transferred to Tech in January 2013. He later suffered another knee injury.
“He had another surgery on that knee,” Kingsbury said. “He’s still going to rehab it, and I think he’s thinking about not playing anymore. He’s just working through that. But he’s a ways out if he’s going to play again.”
Williams caught 92 passes for 1,196 yards and 10 touchdowns as a Southlake Carroll senior, but had that season cut short when he suffered a knee injury in a December 2011 state semifinal.
Kingsbury said he’s not sure which way Williams is leaning.
“I think he’s going to see how he comes back from it,” Kingsbury said, “but he’s had so many complications from that knee, we’ll just see how it works.
“He’s a great kid. I hope it works out.”
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