Former Tennessee three-star offensive tackle prospect Zach Stewart has decided to give up the game of football, VolQuest.com reports.
Stewart, a two-time Class 1A Mr. Football Award Winner in the state of Tennessee, was supposed to join the team last May, but he opted against doing so after the unexpected death of his mother at age 42.
Stewart, the son of teachers, has taken solace in coaching his brother’s middle school team and is ready to move on from the game. He says he’d like to become a teacher like his parents.
“A year and a half away and I’m not sure I’d be ready for that SEC speed,” Stewart said, per the VolsQuest report. “I’ve still been working out but my heart is here and not there. I’d cheat myself and the program and that’s not fair to anyone.”
Tennessee coach Butch Jones also told the website that he has recently reached out to Stewart to support him.
“I can’t say enough about him and his family,” Jones said. “That’s a young man that’s always on my heart, and he’ll always be a Vol. Just reaching out to him and seeing if there’s anything we can do for him or his family, because they mean the world to us.”