Oklahoma senior center and former Liberty Christian standout Ben Habern has chosen to end his football career, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.
The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City said Habern’s lingering neck and back injuries caused the Argyle native to end his career.
Habern was a preseason first-team all-Big 12 selection, one of three Sooners to earn the accolade. He was also named to the Watch List for the 2012 Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the top center in college football.
The former Warrior started 30 games at center for OU, but suffered from injuries during his time in Norman.
In 2009, Habern broke his left leg in his freshman year and broke his right arm last year, causing him to miss a portion of last season.
“Our coaching staff knows this was a difficult decision for Ben,” Stoops told The Oklahoman. “Ben has been a consummate leader for our team, both on and off the field. We appreciate the toughness that Ben has displayed, and we wish him the very best as he completes his education at OU.”
Habern entered Oklahoma after a prolific career at Liberty Christian, where he was a TAPPS all-state nominee, a PARADE All-American and was a top-five prospect, according to multiple recruiting websites.