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Ty Thomas seeking medical retirement, expects to remain at ASU

Ty Thomas seeking medical retirement, expects to remain at ASU
Published On: Mon, Feb 04
Mar 15, 2014; Katy, TX, USA; Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks guard Thomas Walkup (0) dribbles the ball against Sam Houston State Bearkats guard Kaheem Ransom (15) and forward James Thomas (20) in the championship game for the Southland Conference college basketball tournament at Merrell Center. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks won 68-49. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Due to persistent hamstring injuries, Arizona State sophomoreA Ty ThomasA is seeking to retire from football but remain on scholarship and finish his degree at the school through paperwork filed with the NCAA. He is no longer on ASU's roster and has not been working out with the team since it returned from the holiday break.

Thomas, a 5-foot-11 safety who joined the Sun Devils in the 2017 class out of Cooper High School in Lubbock, Texas, has rarely been able to practice at full speed in his two years with the program.

"After suffering numerous hamstring tears, I decided to medically retire," Thomas told Sun Devil Source. "Ita€™s unfortunate how it ended but the staff was extremely helpful through the process, and I enjoyed the time I got to spend with (ASU) coach (Herm) Edwards and the staff. I dona€™t plan on transferring as of now."

An impressive athlete in high school, Thomas was never able to really show what he could do at ASU due to the chronic injuries. He wasn't listed on the team's two-deep in the last year, mostly relegated to conditioning drills on the sidelines.A 

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