COLUMBIA, S.C. – Freshman tight end Robert Tucker will give up playing football at South Carolina due to neck issues, coach Will Muschamp said Tuesday.
Muschamp said Tucker had numbness in his neck a couple times and it was a reoccurring issues. After meeting with a spinal specialist, the decision was made.
“We felt like he needs to shut down football in his life right now,” Muschamp said.
Tucker was redshirting this season and Muschamp had not been shy about his belief Tucker had a bright future as a Gamecock.
“He’s as good a young man as we’ve got in our program,” Muschamp said. “Really sad, but certainly glad our medical staff was able to catch this before it became more of an issue.”
He will continue to attend South Carolina and has hopes of being an athletic director one day.
“He’s going to to get his education here,” Muschamp said. “He and I are talking about how he’s going to stay involved with the football program, whether it’s helping me or helping coach (Ray) Tanner. He wants to be an athletic director one day.
“But we’re going to take care of Robert.”
The 6-foot-3, 238-pound Tucker is an Atlanta native.