Big Ten player reveals that he suffered a stroke last year Stacy Revere/Getty Images
SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: Torii Hunter Jr. #16 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish catches a pass in front of Tyson Smith #15 of the Michigan State Spartans during a game at Notre Dame Stadium on September 17, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan State defeated Notre Dame 36-28. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans suffered through a ghastly season in 2016 and it felt as if it could be rock bottom for the football program under his leadership. However, junior defensive back Tyson Smith had a problem that certainly would transcend on-field performance, as he took to Twitter to reveal that he suffered a stroke sometime last year.

This is, of course, a jarring revelation. In an effort to shed more light, Kyle Austin of reached out to both player and program but came away with little more.

“Smith didn’t reveal any further information about the timing or severity of the stroke, and didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday morning.

A team spokesperson said detailed medical information about student athletes cannot be not released per university policy.”

Michigan State hasn’t addressed the issue beyond stating that Smith had an “undisclosed injury” that forced him to miss the final four games of the season. Prior to that, he appeared in eight games (four starts) and was an integral piece of the defense.

More information will almost certainly surface in the aftermath of news like this but it is wild to consider that a young student-athlete would be facing this kind of health issue.

Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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