Not so fast: Joshua McMillon may not return to Alabama next season despite being granted medical redshirt
If you missed the news on Friday, Alabama senior linebacker Joshua McMillon announced he has been granted a sixth-year of eligibility by the NCAA.
McMillon was a projected starter on Alabama’s defense before being lost for the season after tearing his ACL in training camp leading up to the Tide’s 2019 campaign.
Here is the statement McMillon posted announcing the NCAA’s decision to grant him another season:
2019 has been a year to remember. I’ve had good days and bad days. Going into my senior year of football I was set to be a starter for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. Unfortunately I tore ACL before the season began and was not able to complete the season. I never questioned the work of God and always kept faith in his destiny. Today I turned 23 years old and I am the first African American football player to graduate from the university with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I am the first to graduate from a 4 year university in family. I was also granted a medical shirt from the NCAA to return next season to play. I am truly blessed and give all praises to God, family, and friends. Many said it couldn’t be done but I’ve never stood down from a challenge. Thank you all for pushing me to be the best I can be!
However, while McMillon shared the news that he has been given another year to play, he didn’t specifically say he would pursue that next season at Alabama. Following this news, McMillon cast some doubt on a potential return to the field.
“Said I received a 6th year. Did not say I was returning,” McMillon posted on Twitter.
It’s unclear what plans McMillon currently has at this time but based on that statement, he is still weighing his options regarding the 2020 season.