University of Miami athletics released some devastating news Jan. 21: sophomore cornerback Malek Young will undergo career-ending neck surgery because of an injury sustained during the Dec. 30 Orange Bowl game against Wisconsin.
It was reported on CanesInSight.com Jan. 20 that Young’s career looked to be over because of an injury to the vertebrae in his neck. UM confirmed the report the following day.
“After discussions with my family and the UM medical staff, we have determined that my football career should come to an end,” Young said. “I look forward to getting healthy, working towards my degree and continuing to support my teammates, as I know they will continue to support me.”
God has s better plan 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/KCQLRX6fPp
— Humble Child (@MalekYoung) January 21, 2018
Young, who played in all 13 games for the Hurricanes this past season and recorded 43 tackles and two interceptions, has received an abundance of support from teammates, coaches and Miami alumni.
God got you lil bro keep ya head up! Love! 🙏🏽🙏🏽 https://t.co/Eb9pABn9AM
— Corn Elder (@AIR_CORN23) January 21, 2018
The Fort Lauderdale native was one of Miami’s best defensive backs in 2017 and received national attention as the first Hurricane to wear the Turnover Chain back in the season-opening 41-13 victory over Bethune-Cookman Sept. 2.
God has the best plan, even when we don't understand His ways or His timing. You are a great warrior and a true Cane…and there can only be one first…you'll always be the 1️⃣st to rock the chain! ⛓📙_📗⛓ pic.twitter.com/fJDLCuXbjT
— Manny Diaz (@Coach_MannyDiaz) January 21, 2018
The University of Miami medical team will perform Young’s surgery.
“While we’re disappointed that Malek’s football career is over, his health is our top priority,” head coach Mark Richt said. “Malek is a terrific young man, one who I’m confident will go on to accomplish great things. He will remain on full scholarship, and we will support him every step of the way.”