MSU: Tackle David Barrent leaving team for health

Michigan State says sophomore offensive tackle David Barrent has decided to forgo his final three years of eligibility because of chronic lower-back problems.

Coach Mark Dantonio announced the decision Tuesday.

Barrent will remain on scholarship while not counting toward the NCAA’s 85-man scholarship limit.

The 6-foot-8, 308-pound Barrent earned his first letter last season after appearing in seven games, mainly on special teams. The red-shirt freshman played behind left tackle D.J. Young.

Barrent is from Clive, Iowa, and is a mechanical engineering major. He was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.

He was redshirted as a true freshman and underwent lower-back surgery in December 2009.