Kohout, a reserve in 2011 who made seven starts in 2010, began experiencing the migraines midway through spring practice. He eventually had an MRI that showed he had suffered two minor strokes. Kohout has accepted a medical scholarship,which ends his playing career but allows him to remain with the team as a student assistant.
The Badgers opened spring practice on March 22 and Kohout said "the first week went really well for me. I was improving quite a bit" and there were no physical setbacks, no headaches. But that all changed after the players returned from their spring break and resumed practicing. "Then I started having these streaks of light followed by pain," Kohout said.
As a precaution, he was immediately pulled out of practice.
"They're very cautious here," he added. "Our medical staff wouldn’t put us at any risk."
When he was allowed to practice again, the headaches came back.
"It starts with a light flash, light streaks; migraine sufferers call it an aura,’’ Kohout explained. "Tunnel vision would kind of form and it was followed by pretty intense pain; sometimes vertigo, too. I'd have them every time I had contact in practice … I woke up one day with streaks of light and I had them the whole day. It was pretty awful."
The good news is Kohout hasn't experienced migraines toward the end of spring ball. He exited the spring as a backup behind projected starters Ethan Hemer and Beau Allen. Kohout finishes his career with 44 tackles in 26 games in two seasons for the Badgers.
Best of luck to him going forward.