SEATTLE — After four seasons at Washington, offensive lineman Erik Kohler has retired from football for medical reasons.
The school confirmed Kohler’s departure Thursday after it was first reported by The Seattle Times.
Kohler, a native of Camarillo, Calif., played in 11 of 13 games as a freshman in 2010, then started every game in 2011. He started the first two games of the 2012 season before a knee injury kept him out for the rest of the year, forcing him to take a redshirt season but leaving him with two more years of eligibility.
He returned in 2013 as a backup and started two games in place of injured guard Dexter Charles, but Kohler was bothered throughout the season by a foot injury. He apparently decided to leave the program at the end of the regular season and did not travel with the team to San Francisco for the Fight Hunger Bowl.
Barring transfers or other unforeseen circumstances, Kohler should be UW’s only departing offensive lineman. He was one of the most sought-after prospects on the West Coast as a high school player out of Oaks Christian, where he was a teammate of former Huskies quarterback Nick Montana.
Kohler finishes with 22 career starts. He will remain on scholarship but will not count against the per-team limit of 85.
Kohler is the second UW offensive lineman in recent years to retire because of injury before exhausting his eligibility. Colin Porter, a Bothell High School alumnus, made the same decision in April 2012 before his junior season.christian.caple@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports @ChristianCaple