Mississippi State linebacker Ferlando Bohanna has cut his playing career short and will assume a new role in the MSU football program as a student assistant coach under head coach Dan Mullen, according to Gulf Live’s Creg Stephenson.

Bohanna will forfeit the opportunity to compete for the Bulldogs as a fifth-year senior in 2014 after a head injury cost him all but one game last season. Mullen said he and Bohanna discussed the possibility of applying for a medical redshirt to extend his playing career, and the Bulldogs head coach said he thought Bohanna could have been cleared to play but was apprehensive due to his head injury.

“With where concussions are with young people right now, it was a great discussion we had sitting down,” Mullen told Stephenson regarding a talk he had with Bohanna. “He is much more comfortable medically redshirting and playing out his last year as a coach and helping other guys out just in his long-term future.”

Bohanna, a 6-foot, 220-pound Memphis native, played in 22 games in 2011 and 2012, registering 35 tackles, one tackle for loss and two fumble recoveries. He saw time in one game in 2013 but did not record any statistics.