Posted by Chip Patterson
Georgia Tech touted defensive lineman Denzel McCoy unfortunately will never get to see his time on the field for the Yellow Jackets, his career reportedly over due to an undisclosed medial condition. CBSSports.com's Larry Hartstein reports that head coach Paul Johnson has made the difficult, but necessary, decision to keep the redshirt freshman off the field.
"It's disappointing for Denzel, but we've got to look out for his well-being," Johnson said. "It's just not worth the risk.
"You just tell him, 'There are bigger things than football.' He came here to get a degree from Georgia Tech and hopefully he'll do that."
Just because McCoy can't be on the field with his teammates does not mean that Johnson plans to keep him from being a part of the program. According to Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McCoy will remain on scholarship and work as an assistant to the director of player personnel.
McCoy had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Stanford - to name a few - coming out of high school. Doctors first discovered this undisclosed condition last summer before his freshman year. It is disappointing that McCoy's football career could be over just as it was starting, but a lot of credit goes to the Georgia Tech doctors and training staff for keeping the players health as the top priority.