Virginia Tech Hokies fans on Thursday bid a grave farewell to senior wide receiver CJ Carroll, when he announced his retirement from the team. The 5-foot-8 inch 173-pound redshirt slot receiver from Maryland has been battling injuries over the last few seasons and listed a setback on a nagging foot ailment.
CJ Carroll was one of the seven seniors on the Virginia Tech Football team.
He took to twitter to announce his decision, saying, “As many of you may know I’ve been battling though a foot injury for the past two years and trying extremely hard to get healthy. Unfortunately after another setback Saturday night my family and I have decided it is in my best interest at this moment to stop playing the game I love and get healthy. I’d like to first thank Coach [Aaron] Moorehead for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream coming out of high school. I’d also like to thank Coach [Justin] Fuente, Coach [Holmon] Wiggins, and the entire staff for believing in me these past few years. I’d like to thank Mike Goforth and his team for doing the best they could do to get me healthy. I’d like to thank my friends, family, and teammates for the love and support all the way through. Lastly I’d like to thank Hokie Nation, you guys have been unbelievable and are second to none when it comes to fans. These last 4+ years at Virginia Tech have been incredible and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Blacksburg will always be home.”
During his four year career, Carroll played in 26 games, and caught 33 passes for 415 yards and a touchdown. He rushed 14 times for 45 yards for his career.His most productive season was when he played as a slot receiver. He took part in 13 games and caught 18 passes for 253 yards, including a career long 60-yard reception against Notre Dame.In 2018, following his lingering injuries, Carroll became the punt returner for the Hokies. Throughout his career, he has 21 punt returns for 156 yards.
Carroll would surely be missed on the field, but the demand of the situation is also understandable. We wish Carroll good luck and good health!