Former 4-star recruit announces Tennessee football career over due to injuries

Sep 24, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; General view during the second half of the game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 38-28. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee defensive lineman Andrew Butcher announced Monday that his college football career is over due to medical reasons.

Butcher, a four-star prospect who signed in 2015, shared a note on his Twitter account stating that after multiple major surgeries he would not be returning to the football field.

By taking a medical exemption, Butcher will continue to be on scholarship as a UT student in pursuit of his degree.

As a prospect out of Alpharetta (Ga.), Butcher was ranked the No. 17 strong-side defensive end of the 2015 class by the 247Sports Composite.

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  • Hate it for the kid but have noticed Jones signs alot of kids who have had recent injuries, some major. Heck he signed a WR other day that had back-to-back surgery on his leg. Doesnt make sense. With all the injuries Tennessee has had, the roll of the dice isnt worth the risk.

  • I am so sorry for the young man. These guys play for love of the game. A wise decision on his part. 3 knee surgeries courtesy of the Marines and I walk like Chester. By stopping now he can avoid that.