COLUMBIA — South Carolina rising senior Terry Googer announced his retirement from football Sunday. The redshirt junior never recovered from the hit he suffered during the Gamecocks’ loss at Texas A&M on Oct. 1.
Googer was covering a punt during the game and appeared to have the back of his head driven into the turf. Following a frightening 10 minutes where he gently had his helmet and shoulder pads removed so he could be loaded onto a backboard and placed onto a cart, Googer gave a thumbs-up as he was being driven to a local hospital.
Googer recovered from the injury but never played again. He played in five games in 2017, mostly on special teams, and caught 12 passes for 140 yards over the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
“Unfortunately my latest injury has ended my football career!,” Googer posted to social media Sunday. “Although it’s hard to think about right now I just want to thank everyone. I also want to think gamecocknation for accepting me as a part of their family!”