Michigan State of Defense Jacob Panasyuk announced Wednesday that he will change into the upcoming season due to fears of coronavirus.
Panasyuk started in the last two seasons for the Spartans. Last year it ended with 34 shells and five sacks.
“Our country is facing difficult times with many unanswered questions about COVID-19,” Panasyuk wrote. “Unfortunately, with the uncertainty of the effects of COVID-19, I can’t risk my health and safety to play football this season.”
A number of college players have dropped out in the past week, most notably Minnesota’s broad successor, Rasho Bateman, a predicted first-round pick in the NFL draft.
On Wednesday morning, West Virginia safety manager Kerry Martin announced that he was out of season because he did not think it was safe to play.
The NCAA directed schools on Wednesday to allow players to drop out due to concerns about coronavirus infection and that their scholarship commitments must be met.
Big Ten announced plans for the upcoming season on Wednesday, including a schedule of 10 games for conferences only, which will begin on September 5.