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UW offensive lineman Erik Kohler retires from football for medical reasons

Erik Kohler, who would have been a fifth-year senior offensive lineman for the Washington Huskies next season, has left the program due to medical reasons, the school confirmed Thursday.

The Seattle Times first reported Kohler's retirement.

Kohler played in 11 of 13 games as a freshman in 2010, then started every game as a sophomore in 2011. He also started the first two games of the 2012 season before suffering a knee injury that kept him out the rest of the year.

A foot injury slowed him this season, when he started two games in place of Dexter Charles but served primarily as a backup. He didn't travel to the Fight Hunger Bowl, as his decision to retire from football was made at the end of the regular season.

Kohler will remain on scholarship, but won't count toward UW's limit of 85. A native of Camarillo, Calif., he was a highly sought prospect out of Oaks Christian High School, where he played with former UW quarterback Nick Montana.