Some unfortunate news to share from Rocky Top as one of the newest faces of the Tennessee football program has been forced to retire from the game.

In-state offensive lineman Melvin McBride revealed he will be forced to retire from the game due to “health problems” just days after arriving on campus. The 6-foot-3, 312-pound Memphis native from Whitehaven High School was expected to begin his Tennessee career as an interior lineman but now he’ll have to contribute to the program in a new manner as his playing career comes to a premature end.

McBride was rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports Composite Rankings. He signed with Tennessee over Florida, Arkansas, Memphis and Indiana.

He is the official announcement from McBride’s Twitter account:

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https://twitter.com/mjmballin/status/1138815034707103745