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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wilcoxon, Marshall give up UT careers because of injuries

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas sophomore defensive tackle Michael Wilcoxon and junior tight end Josh Marshall have elected to give up their careers at the school because of injuries.

Both will continue school at Texas and will be placed on a medical hardship scholarship.

Marshall missed the 2008 season with a shoulder injury sustained last season in training camp after appearing in seven games as a backup tight end in 2007 as a redshirt freshman.

"I've been dealing with a shoulder injury for a while, and unfortunately, it just isn't healing right," Marshall said in a prepared statement. "I spent a lot of time talking with doctors and trainers about my future. I love football and the opportunity it has given me, but my family and the doctors agree what's best for me is to let my body get healthy."

Wilcoxon, who appeared in six games at defensive tackle and special teams last season, will remain with the team, but has given up football for "chronic medical issues."

"I'm really disappointed that I'm not going to be able to go out there with the guys playing," Wilcoxon said in a statement. "Getting the chance to play football at the University of Texas is an experience that can never be taken away from me. But when I sat down and looked at my future, I realized that getting healthy, doing well in school and getting my degree was the most important thing."

Wilcoxon was expected to challenge for playing time at defensive tackle, one of the Longhorns' major weaknesses, before his injury.

"We're going to miss Wilcoxon a lot," Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston said. "He's a good guy and good player. But we're going to rally with the players we've got."