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Georgia Tech D-lineman reportedly forced to hang up the cleats

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There’s some pretty unfortunate news coming out of the Georgia Tech camp as it looks like redshirt freshman defensive lineman Denzel McCoy will have to give up his college football dreams.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, McCoy was not cleared for fall practice by team medical staff because of an undisclosed medical condition. As an even harder punch to the gut, this news comes after McCoy had spent the summer practicing and working out with his teammates.

“He’s probably finished career-wise,” coach Paul Johnson said following the practice. “It’s disappointing for Denzel, but we’ve got to look out for his well-being and his health, and it’s just not worth the risk.

“You’re disappointed for him. He’s such a great kid. He’s got a great attitude, and we just tell him, ‘Hey, there’s bigger things than football.’”

McCoy will still be on scholarship as he continues his education at Georgia Tech and will likely sign on as a student assistant. Still, it’s heartbreaking when a kid has to give up something he loves because of something over which he has no control.

All the best to McCoy in the future.


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3 Responses to “Georgia Tech D-lineman reportedly forced to hang up the cleats”
  1. jonkybon says: Aug 4, 2011 9:32 AM

    The young man’s health is far more important than any game. Wishing Mr McCoy well with his health issues.

  2. seanb20124 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:37 AM

    Who cleared him to practice all off season. Huge jury awards are forcing teams to shy away from taking chances

  3. cubano76 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:41 PM

    Best of luck kid!

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