The Tennessee offensive line was dealt another blow this morning as Melvin McBride announced his retirement from football. McBride was a 2019 signee, part of an offensive line class that brought five new faces to the group.
He made the announcement via Twitter this morning.
Today I Officially Announce My Retirement From Football Due To Health Problems. I Would Just Like To Say That Football Has Change My Life And Bless Me In Ways I Could Never Imagine. But Now God Has A New Journey For Me . #60Forever— Melvo (@mjmballin) June 12, 2019
McBride had just joined the Vols as a summer enrollee. The former three-star prospect is out of Memphis and ranked as the 476th overall player in the class of 2019. He was expected to provide immediate depth for Tennessee, something that they didn’t have enough of last year on the offensive line.
He joins Tanner Antonutti, Eric Crosby and Chance Hall as Tennessee offensive lineman to retire due to medical concerns this year. Linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. was also forced to retire a few weeks ago due to a lingering knee issue.
Tennessee still will add four bodies on the offensive line this fall. Five-star tackles Wanya Morris and Darnell Wright are expected to start right away, while four-star guard Jackson Lampley and three-star tackle Chris Akporoghene compete for playing time.
Jeremy Pruitt has released a statement on McBride.
“Melvin is a great young man, and my heart breaks for him and his family,” Pruitt said. “However, I’m glad that we have an outstanding medical staff that did a great job identifying the problem when Melvin first arrived here. We are always going to do what’s best for our student-athletes here at Tennessee. He is certainly a Vol for Life and will continue to be a big part of our program.”