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Florida linebacker Matt Rolin ends injury-plagued career

January 3, 2015: Florida Gators helmet during the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Matt Rolin, a 6-3, 215-pound linebacker, has decided to leave Florida. His career never got going because of several injuries. He made the announcement via his Twitter feed Tuesday.

“He just kind of lost the love of the game,” Gators coach Jim McElwain told Gator Bait. “He’s going to stay and graduate, should be done actually this semester if he chooses to use his time right. And that’s kind of the goal for him. And for the right reasons. He wasn’t really into it and yet at the same time he saw he was taking reps from some of the young guys that have been showing some promise. So for him and the injuries he’s had, he’s just chosen that maybe there’s something else in his life.”

Rolin was a four-star recruit in 2013 and the No. 147 prospect in the country, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He originally committed verbally to South Carolina but then switched to Florida in late 2012 before signing with the Gators. He was parted of a well-regarded group of linebackers in the Class of 2013.

Rolin tore his ACL late in his senior season in high school the suffered another ACL injury once in Gainesville. After missing the 2013 and 2014 seasons, last season he was hampered by a herniated disc that limited him to just three games. In the Southeastern Conference championship game against Alabama, he had the best game of his abbreviated career, totaling eight tackles.

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