Anthon Samuel taking a semester of college off

Rob Carr

The Falcons starting running back is not taking classes at Bowling Green State University for personal reasons.

Anthon Samuel has gone through way too much real life for a 19-year-old. He saw his father murdered when he was 7 years old. I can stop the list right there: that's way too much already. But he's also a husband and father. Again, he's only a teenager. Additionally he's grown into a fine football player, winning MAC Freshman of the Year in 2011 and serving as their best offensive player.

The Toledo Blade reported that Samuel didn't enroll for classes this spring in order to spend more time with his wife and child, both who reside in his home state of Florida.

It's unclear what this means for football. Head coach Dave Clawson is fully supportive of the sabbatical. There's a line in there saying that if he maintains his eligibility, he can still play in 2013, which is an obvious conclusion. But how likely is that?

Samuel is one of the most impressive running backs I can remember in a while at Bowling Green, but being a father trumps being a football player. And you thought homesickness as an ordinary 19-year-old was difficult. But this is a sports blog, and our interest in the situation is connected to his football talent, so we have to wonder if he'll be back in the fall. I wouldn't think any less of him if he decides to transfer closer to home, but I would humbly submit that Northwest Ohio is a great place to raise a family.

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