Arizona Wildcats football: UA running back says career is over because of medical issue

2014-06-13T18:30:00Z 2014-06-13T18:52:37Z Arizona Wildcats football: UA running back says career is over because of medical issueDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Pierre Cormier’s football career is over because of a medical condition, the running back posted tonight on his public Facebook page.

Cormier wrote “Football has always meant the world to me.. Due to a medical condition I’ve been told I can never play again.. This last week and a half has been the hardest ever for me…”

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is out of town this weekend and isn’t expected to confirm Cormier’s status until Monday.

The San Diego native redshirted in 2013 and was expected to compete for extended playing time this season. The 5-foot-10-inch, 183-pound back was rated as a four-star prospect by the Scout.com recruiting service and had 2,233 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior at Madison High School in San Diego.

Cormier had offers from Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Boise State and others out of high school.

Cormier spent his first season in Tucson redshirting alongside fellow running back Zach Green. Both had productive and healthy springs and were due to compete for snaps this fall with incoming freshman Nick Wilson, senior Terris Jones-Grigsby, junior Jared Baker and others.

The running back would be the second player in the last few weeks to leave the UA because of a medical reason. Nose tackle Kirifi Taula left the program recently because of a medical issue. He battled a concussion this past spring. 

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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