Due to an undisclosed medical condition, Georgia Tech defensive lineman Denzel McCoy will not play for the Yellow Jackets this season, and most likely ever.
“He’s probably finished career-wise,” coach Paul Johnson said after Tech’s first practice Wednesday. “It’s disappointing for Denzel, but we’ve got to look for his well being and his health, and it’s just not worth the risk.”
Johnson said McCoy, a redshirt freshman from Northview High, will retain his scholarship and help the team as a student assistant. After his condition was discovered last year as McCoy entered Tech, he practiced with the team but did not take part in contact drills. He practiced in the spring under the same conditions and trained with the team in strength and conditioning drills.
“You’re disappointed for him, he’s such a great kid,” Johnson said. “He’s gotta great attitude and we just tell him, ‘Hey, there’s bigger things than football.’”