Mark Shuman entered summer camp as Virginia Tech’s projected starter at right tackle. Entering the final two weeks of camp, the Hokies will be looking for other options at the position.
In a release Thursday, Tech announced that the offensive lineman has been, following an MRI, diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee. Shuman suffered the injury during practice last week and will be lost for the entire 2014 season.
As a result, the fifth-year senior has decided to take a medical disqualification and retire from the game. He will, though, remain on scholarship.
“I’m disappointed for our football team and I know it’s really disappointing for Mark,” head coach Frank Beamer said in a statement. “He was well on his way to having his best year. He had put so much effort into his preparation and he’s still very much a part of this team, just in another capacity.”
Because of injuries — he tore the meniscus in the same knee last season as well as in 2011 — Shuman was limited to just 10 games in his Hokie career.
Sophomore Jonathan McLaughlin is listed as the starter on the most recent depth chart released Wednesday, with freshman Colt Pettit sliding into the No. 2 spot.
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