UM quarterback Preston Dewey, who would have been a redshirt freshman this season, released a written statement Tuesday.
“Following consultations with doctors in Miami and in Texas, it was determined that I am no longer able to play football because of my back injury,” the statement began. “We have scheduled surgery for December and I am looking forward to getting better.
“I have decided to remain at the University of Miami to complete my education. I would like to thank Coach [ Al] Golden for the opportunity to be a part of the Hurricanes football program — the future is bright for this team.
“Obviously this is a very sad time for me, but I will continue to be a supporter of this team and these coaches; and I will be a Hurricane for life.’’
Dewey would have been the fourth-team quarterback this season behind Stephen Morris, Ryan Williams and Gray Crow – with true freshman Kevin Olsen expected to redshirt.
Dewey is still on scholarship, and will be working as an intern with UM sports marketing.
• A UM spokesman said Golden got sick at practice and missed his news conference Tuesday.
MORRIS ON “GOOD WORKS’’ TEAM
Quarterback Stephen Morris is one of 22 student-athletes selected to the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, announced Tuesday by Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association.
The honor is in recognition of the “good works’’ of the select players from across the country, and is one of the most prestigious off-the-field award in college sports.
Morris is one of only 11 college players from the FBS to be honored with the award, and the seventh Hurricane since 1993. His extensive volunteering includes coaching a T-ball team in Overtown, working at the Miami Rescue Mission, Ronald McDonald House, Thanksgiving Food Drive and Run For Your Lives 5K. He also served twice as the project manager for UM’s Marrow Donor Drive.