If granted a waiver by the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility, Damon Knox was likely to start at defensive tackle for the Michigan State Spartans this fall. Knox, who dealt with injuries throughout his career, started three games for the Spartans between the 2013 and 2015 seasons, finishing with 15 tackles last season. He would have been one of the most experienced players returning to MSU's defensive line, but instead, will walk away from the sport after graduating this winter to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Michigan State announced the departure in a statement on Friday. From the Lansing State Journal:
MSU coach Mark Dantonio said in a release that Knox, who graduated in December, will instead be pursuing a career in law enforcement. An athletic department spokesman said MSU never officially submitted paperwork to the NCAA to apply for a sixth year.
“Damon has been a major contributor to our success the past five years,” Dantonio said. “We appreciate his time and commitment to the Michigan State football program and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
The Spartans defensive line has had major turnover from last season.
With Mark Dantonio on the sideline, we don't worry too much about the Spartans' defense, but it is definitely a cause for concern for MSU after losing that number of players.