Two seasons plagued by injuries have taken a toll on Vanderbilt linebacker Nigel Bowden.
According to The Tennessean, Bowden decided to end his playing career after missing the past seven games with a knee injury and concussion symptoms. The redshirt junior recorded 14 tackles through the first three games of the season, and appeared to be on track for another productive year after most of last season. He informed the team of the decision at a recent practice.
Bowden played in 16 games during his three years with the team. He burst onto the scene in 2014 as a redshirt freshman. He was named to the Freshman All-SEC team, and his 78 tackles were the most by any freshman in the conference.
Bowden was the No. 32 ranked recruit in the state of Georgia coming out of Central High School in Macon in 2013.