The Washington Times - November 8, 2011, 06:22PM

ANNAPOLIS —- Navy offensive tackle David Sumrall, who started the first three games this season for the Midshipmen, has ended his career because of concussions.

Sumrall sat out the last three games because of his third concussion this year. He also suffered concussions in spring practice and preseason camp.


“He came and saw me last week or some time,” coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “After discussion with doctors and his family, he decided the best thing for him was not to play. I’m in total agreement. Your brain, you can’t fool around with that.”

Sumrall discussed his concussion history before the Mids’ second game. He had overcome the camp concussion to win the left tackle job to begin the season.

“I’m not going to hold back on my play just because I’m afraid of a concussion,” Sumrall said in September.

Andrew Barker has started the last six games at left tackle. Graham Vickers is now the Mids’ top reserve at both tackle spots.

—- Patrick Stevens