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Spider RB's spine condition causes end to career

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Jovan Smith had provided the Spiders offense a spark, as the team's change of pace running back and sometimes a dangerous weapon out of the wildcat.  But seemingly overnight, the Spiders have lost that weapon and Smith is going to have to give up on football.

Spiders head coach Danny Rocco announced Tuesday that Smith has played his final game on the gridiron.  Smith has a condition known as spinal stenosis where the canal that spinal cord passes through is more narrow than normal.  He sat out the 2011 season recovering from neck surgery (Anterior Cervical Disectomy & Fusion).  It had been discussed that based on all the medical literature that another episode would require medical disqualification from contact sports which happened this past weekend at Villanova.

The team will wear white "JS 4" stickers on their helmets to honor Jovan's courage and determination.

Through six games, Smith was the leading rusher for the Spiders, and had scored four touchdowns on the ground.

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