Georgia State freshman quarterback Mikele Colasurdo announced he will not play this season due to a recently-diagnosed heart condition after he became infected with COVID-19.
"I am very thankful for everyone who has reached out and prayed for me," Colasurdo wrote Thursday in a statement posted to his Twitter account.
Colasurdo also thanked Panthers coach Shawn Elliott and trainer Bob Murphy "for providing a safe environment for us to train and practice."
Though Colasurdo didn't specify which heart condition, several professional and collegiate athletes have spoken publicly about dealing with Myocarditis, a disease that causes inflammation of the heart that has been associated with COVID-19.
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"Ultimately it was the procedures and tests set forth by GSU that allowed the doctors to find this condition in my heart and help keep me safe," Colasurdo continued. "I am very thankful. I can't wait to watch my team compete this fall and I could not be more excited to return for the 2021 season!"
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Colasurdo enrolled in the 2020 spring semester and was expected to compete for the open starting quarterback position.
Originally from Inman, S.C., Colasurdo won the 2019-2020 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year in football after he led Chapman High School to a 15-0 record and the state championship in Class AAA.
Colasurdo accounted for 51 touchdowns, 36 passing and 15 rushing, as a senior for Chapman and threw for more than 3,000 yards.
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