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Miami Announces Malek Young's Career Is Over

A closeup look at the pylon at the Orange Bowl.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 30: A detailed view of Capital One Orange Bowl signage on pylon before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Wisconsin Badgers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

The Hurricanes have made it official.

Miami's football program has suffered a tough loss. The Hurricanes are losing star cornerback Malek Young.

Young, one of the top defensive backs in the ACC, is no longer able to play football. He's undergoing a career-ending neck surgery, Miami announced this morning.

CanesInSight.com first reported the news, saying it's a "neck/vertebrae" issue. Young took to Twitter late on Saturday night, too.

“God has [a] better plan," he wrote. The tweet was accompanied by praying hands.

Young, the first player to wear Miami's "turnover chain," sustained the injury during the Orange Bowl against Wisconsin. The Hurricanes lost that game, 34-24.

Everyone within Miami's football program speaks incredibly highly of the star cornerback. "He’s a fearless competitor. He has tremendous ball skills, but the main thing is Malek plays very confident. He kind of feels like he’s one of the top corners when he gets out there," UM cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph said.

Young took to Twitter this morning. He's been retweeting several messages from his coaches and teammates, wishing him well.

Young, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound defensive back, is a Pompano Beach, Fla. native. He was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in 2016.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Young and his family moving forward. Here's to him achieving the best off the field.