All we know at this point is that DOG linebacker Danny Spond walked away from football for medical reasons, likely those that relate to migranes so severe he had previously lost motor-functioning on the left side of his body. The announcement to his team came following a practice in which Spond did not participate and walked with the help of a cane. According to Coach Kelly, the Spond family will be releasing a statement this week.
Spond was the likely starter and his departure from the active roster opens the door for all-everything freshman Jaylon Smith to see considerable playing time. But, for now, the notion of not seeing Number Thirteen on the field will take some getting-used-to. The 2012 Student-Athlete of the Year Award winner, Spond is known as a humble, spiritual young man, who used his talents to honor and help others.
The South Bend Tribune‘s Eric Hansen has a terrific piece on Danny Spond, his departure and his place within the squad here.