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JONESBORO, Ark. (A-State) - Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson announced Monday that junior center Bryce Giddens has decided to end his collegiate playing career because of past and recent injuries sustained on the field.

"After multiple discussions with Bryce, his family and doctors, we support Bryce's decision to step away from football," said Anderson. "Bryce is obviously a talented football player, but the health and well-being of all our players comes first. We wish Bryce only the best in his future endeavors. As far as our football team goes, I'm confident we will have several players step up on our offensive line this fall to fill the vacancy left by Bryce."

Giddens was a two-year starter for the Red Wolves at the center position, earning Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference recognition as a sophomore in 2013. He helped lead A-State to Sun Belt Conference championships in 2012 and 2013, as well as back-to-back GoDaddy Bowl victories the last two seasons.

Giddens will continue his association with the Arkansas State Athletics Department, working with administration while remaining on scholarship as he pursues his bachelor's degree.

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