Ezra Millers’ college football career is over before it ever really got started. This week, it was reported by Rivals.com that the former four-star recruit will have to retire from football, due to ongoing back issues.

Miller will continue to be a student at the University of Iowa.

Miller was a native of Holstein, Iowa and was a big in-state addition for the Hawkeyes’ 2019 recruiting class. As a prospect, Miller was ranked as the No. 2 player from the state of Iowa and the 31st-ranked offensive tackle. Nationally, the 6-foot-6, 305-pound lineman was No. 354 for his recruiting cycle.

Though he was a highly-touted prospect and expected to be a future NFL draft selection, Miller did not see the field in his lone season with the Hawkeyes. Iowa finished the season 10-3, which included a win over USC in the Holiday Bowl.

It’s been a news-filled week in Iowa City, as offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs, defensive end A.J. Epenesa and running back Toren Young all announced that they will not return to the program next season. All three will be entering the 2020 NFL Draft.