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Former Clemson DT reportedly leaving Gamecocks program

Former Clemson DT reportedly leaving Gamecocks program


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Former Clemson defensive tackle Josh Belk reportedly will be leaving the South Carolina football program.

Mike Uva of WACH Fox 57 in Columbia first reported the news.

Belk released a statement to VizorSports.com that he suffered an injury to his vertebrae and will be giving up football.

"I fractured a vertebrae and decided to choose another path in life. One that won't potentially mess me up in the long run with injuries and all. Been praying and this is what God has led me to."

South Carolina has not yet announced his departure as their spring practice starts on Feb. 27.

In 2018, Belk had seven tackles including a pass deflection in six total games. However, he had the best game of his short career with three tackles in South Carolina's embarrassing 28-0 Belk Bowl loss to Virginia.

The native of Fort Lawn, S.C. entered Clemson in January 2018 as an early enrollee and participated in spring practice and the spring game.

Belk was ranked as the No. 21 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 96 by ESPN.com coming out of Lewisville high school. As a senior, he had 34 tackles for loss, including 11 sacks among his 116 tackles. He played in the US Army All-American game.

Update: Will Muschamp released the following statement on Josh Belk's future on Wednesday afternoon.

"After talking with Josh Belk, he has decided to give up the game. He is a fine young man and we wish him the best."

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kctigs81®
spacer well. he could have played for the tigers and won a natty.
A912
spacer Re: well. he could have played for the tigers and won a natty.
clemson2003
spacer Re: well. he could have played for the tigers and won a natty.
lhaselden
spacer His claim, not theirs.
MRTTMT
spacer only of he wants to remain in school and earn his degree***
BigCUFan®
spacer Do they haul their horses with Peterbilts?***
Spud
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TheTigerFan555
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8992Tiger
spacer have you ever been over 300 lbs and had back problems?***
jfmahon
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quozzel
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ClemsonME08
spacer No way we should bring him back so he gets a degree.
Clemson13
spacer I see that most assume that Belk’s fracture is a simple fracture
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Tigerlife44
spacer Jesse?***
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Joe21®
spacer Man, fracturing a vertebrae is no joke
homeslice1479
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HumbleServant®
spacer Hate to hear of a career ending injury happening to any
o2bnclemson
spacer More excuses
cmj2086
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BloodbeOrange®
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clemson2003
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BloodbeOrange®
spacer You comparing ANYBODY to Mike is unfair
homeslice1479
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BloodbeOrange®
spacer I’d wager the injury is as real as his sick
cmj2086
spacer Re: More excuses
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pointcove
spacer If you don’t take care of yourself no one else will. Wish him all the best***
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spacer "Sources say he couldn't get along with his [Gamecock]...
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