Things just took a turn this week for the Ohio Bobcats as J.D. Sprague left the team Monday after practice due to health concerns.
Sprague has thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that causes numbness in the fingers as well as pain on one side of the body. “He is concerned about his health right now,” Frank Solich said in an interview with the Athens Messenger. “He’s lost a lot of weight, he’s been unable to get his strength up to where he wants it... He felt he couldn’t help the team as much, or in the way he thought, as things stood.”
Sprague was entering 2016 as the presumptive starter at quarterback for a team that was poised to make a run for a MAC East title.
Earlier this offseason, another Ohio quarterback left the program due to medical issues in Minnesota transfer Conner Krizancic.
With Derrius Vick lost to graduation, Sprague’s departure complicates things at the quarterback position for the Bobcats, who will have to find out if they can get improvement out of redshirt senior Greg Windham or if they must turn to promising freshman Quinton Maxwell at some point this season.
Regardless of how the season ends up for Ohio, we certainly wish Sprague the best of luck in the future.