TE Tucker giv­ing up foot­ball for med­i­cal rea­sons

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp says freshman tight end Robert Tucker III is giv­ing up foot­ball due to med­i­cal con­cerns.

Muschamp said Tues­day that the 6-foot-3, 238-pound player from Atlanta, Ge­or­gia, met with a spinal spe­cial­ist af­ter hav­ing some numb­ness in his neck. Muschamp says the con­clu­sion af­ter the exam was that Tucker needs to give the game up to keep some­thing more se­ri­ous from oc­cur­ring.

The coach says Tucker will re­main in school and in­volved in the ath­letic depart­ment in some ca­pac­ity, pos­si­bly with the foot­ball team.

Tucker had not played this sea­son. He caught 16 passes for 385 yards and four touch­downs in eight games as a se­nior at B.E.S.T. Academy in Atlanta. Tucker signed with South Carolina in Fe­bru­ary.

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