Navy’s Tago Smith denied medical redshirt; career over

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There is some bad news for a member of the Navy football program.

After tearing his ACL in the season-opener, starting quarterback Tago Smith applied for a medical redshirt. Unfortunately, the Midshipmen and Smith have learned that his medical redshirt after the academy didn’t even push through his application.

“This is a four-year academic institution and midshipmen are expected to graduate in that period of time unless the superintendent determines there is a significant reason why they cannot do so,” Commander David McKinney told Bill Wagner of the Capital Gazette. “Vice Admiral Carter looked at this particular situation and decided that is not the case with Midshipmen Smith.

“While we are sympathetic to Tago’s athletic career we aren’t an institution that exists to develop professional athletes, we exist to develop leaders.”

Navy Academy superintendent, Vice Admiral Walter Carter was the man who made the decision not to sign off on Smith’s redshirt application. Sadly, that means Smith’s college football career is over.

Smith finishes his time at Navy with 290 passing yards, 391 rushing yards, and 11 touchdowns.

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