Missouri offensive lineman Nate Crawford has medically retired, according to a report from St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat reporter Dave Matter.
Crawford had back surgery in the spring, and new Tigers coach Barry Odom revealed on Thursday that Crawford is no long a part of the team.
Odom: OL Nate Crawford has medically retired. Had back surgery in the spring.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) August 4, 2016
Crawford played in 11 games for the Tigers in 2015, including eight starts. He earned starts at both right tackle and left guard.
According to his official bio on the team website, Crawford “was one of the Tigers most consistent offensive linemen despite badly spraining his ankle at Kentucky” and was noted to have “played through the injury through the entire season.”
Crawford, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder from Pensacola, Fla., was named the team’s most improved offensive lineman coming out of spring practice in 2015. He had been a member of the Mizzou football program since redshirting in the 2013 season.