Notre Dame freshman OL medically retires due to car accident
Notre Dame freshman offensive lineman Joey Tanona has medically retired, coach Marcus Freeman announced on Friday.
Tanona was involved in a car accident last offseason and is evidently still dealing with the effects of that incident.
Freshman offensive lineman Joey Tanona has medically retired following an offseason car accident last offseason.
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“He kept trying to come back,” Freeman said, via On3. “Mentally and physically, he was not in a place where he was ready to play football. He will still be here to get his degree.”
Tanona was a big-time recruit for Notre Dame in the class of 2022. He was the No. 15 offensive tackle in the country, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. He was also the No. 4 prospect from the state of Indiana.
Tanona was a standout at Zionsville High School in Zionsville, Indiana. He chose Notre Dame over offers from programs like Arizona State, Cincinnati and Iowa.
Notre Dame does have depth along its offensive line. The Irish also already have 5 offensive linemen committed in the class of 2023.