Badgers' Jordan Kohout's career over

Updated: July 20, 2012, 12:05 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Wisconsin junior defensive tackle Jordan Kohout has decided to end his career because of migraine headaches that led to two minor strokes.

Kohout, who appeared in all 14 games for Wisconsin last season and made seven starts in 2010, has accepted a medical scholarship and will remain with the team as a student assistant. He began suffering migraines midway through spring practice, and they returned every time he participated in contact drills. An MRI revealed he had suffered the strokes.

"You don't really think of 21-year-old athletes having strokes,'' Kohout told UWBadgers.com. "But I'm glad that we caught it early and I can still do a lot of the things that I love to do. As much as I love football, life has a lot of other things to offer as well.''

Kohout exited the spring as a backup defensive tackle. He appeared in 26 games and recorded 44 tackles during his Badgers career.