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Penn State defensive end Buchholz retires

Ryan Buchholz No. 97. - AP

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In a surprising move late Wednesday morning, Penn State defensive end Ryan Buchholz took to Twitter to announce his retirement from the game of football due to injuries.

In his post, Buchholz stated he was unable to perform at 100 percent due to back injuries. The 6-foot-6 Buchholz was sidelined with an injury last season during the Ohio State game and the pass rush for Penn State suffered mightily as a result.

Buchholz, a redshirt junior, was projected to be one of the starting defensive ends for the Nittany Lions this fall and his departure will certainly leave a void at the end position moving forward.

Defensive coordinator Brent Pry will be without a skill set from Buchholz that was versatile and unique in both the passing and running game during his career. Pry still has a plethora of talent available at defensive end, but not many have the experience Buchholz had at the position. Torrence Brown and Shareef Miller are now the only two upper classmen listed at defensive end for Pry.

In his career with Penn State, Buchholz started six games, all in 2017, while appearing in 22 games over the past two seasons. Buchholz recorded a total of 34 tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery in those 22 games with the Nittany Lions.

 

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