Romano To Pass Up Senior Year


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<font size=-2 face=arial>Ryan Romano had 15 punts inside the 20 in 1999.</font>
Ryan Romano had 15 punts inside the 20 in 1999.

CLEMSON, SC -- Clemson punter Ryan Romano has decided to concentrate on studying for the MCAT exam and acceptance to medical school instead of returning for the football team, Romano confirmed Monday morning.


"I knew the Peach Bowl would be my last game," he said. "Right now I just
want to set my sights on school and get to work on those things that will
help me there."


Romano, a redshirt junior who entered Clemson as a placekicker, averaged
39.9 yards a punt last season. He was the only punter Clemson used after he
won the job from Jamie Somani in the pre-season.
Romano will graduate in August with a degree in biological science.


"After the South Carolina game, I met with coach (Tommy) Bowden and coach
(Jack) Hines and talked to them and explained to them exactly what I'm going
to have to do," he said. "They gave me some advice that was helpful and
helped me look at a couple of different options to keep playing, but I still
wouldn't have enough time to do what I need to do. It just didn't seem like
it was going to fit."


Romano also threw a 23-yard pass in the Florida State game on a trick play.


"Once I really sat down an thought about it and looked at what I was going
to need as far as preparing for the MCAT, I saw it was going to take a ton
of time and that's what I wanted to do with my career and the rest of my
life."

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