Offensive Tackle Mark Shuman to Retire from Football

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Virginia Tech announced in a release that senior offensive lineman Mark Shuman suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee last week during practice. An MRI on Wednesday confirmed the tear. Shuman tore the meniscus in the same knee in 2011 and again last preseason. The injury is season ending, and because of which, Shuman has decided to retire from football. He will take a medical disqualification, thus keeping him on scholarship.

In a bit of a surprise, Shuman began August practice as the top option at right tackle over returning starter Jonathan McLaughlin. McLaughlin moved from left to right tackle and senior Laurence Gibson was tasked with protecting the left side. Shuman was a blue chip prospect coming out of Fork Union Military Academy, but hasn't been able to earn significant playing time in 4 years at Tech. Two springs ago, he admitted his effort level wasn't up to par early in his career.

"You know, my first two years here, I wasn't a big effort guy," he said. "But they're pushing me, and getting me to play at my highest level. That's all I'm trying to do. I want to go out there, show them I want to play and hopefully, that will be the conclusion, come [fall] camp."

However, it seems Shuman was primed for playing time this season before suffering the injury.

"I'm disappointed for our football team and I know it's really disappointing for Mark," Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said in the release. "He was well on his way to having his best year. He had put so much effort into his preparation and he's still very much a part of this team, just in another capacity."

He has already graduated with a degree in sociology with a concentration in crime and deviance and is pursuing a second degree in history.

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Best of luck Mark. He comes from an absolutely fantastic family so I know that whatever his future holds he will be successful at it.

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With all the inexperience behind Gibson and McLaughlin at OT, I wonder if Searles considers trying Teller out again there? After all, it looks like Alston Smith is really pushing at LG (plus those football genes in him!).

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I wish Mark the best of luck. This is a tough blow.

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I admire his introspection about his early career, applaud him for his efforts as he got older, and wish him the best as he finishes that degree.

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Hate that for Mark. I really thought this was going to be the year for him.

Best of luck on the rehab and the rest of your life. Congratulations on the degree!!

That's unfortunate to hear. As mentioned above, he's a good guy from a great family. Unfortunately his college athletics didn't work out as he & others envisioned. The important is that he already has his degree and is on his way to another. Best of luck to him in his life beyond football.

That's a huge lost . Best of luck to mark in the future. Someone else will have to step up.

Unfortunate, but that knee has been like a black hole for his career. Best of luck to him, at least he knows he got a quality education with his time in Blacksburg.

That's hard to hear...best of luck to Mark going forward. It makes sense to move Teller to LT and have Smith at LG.

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That is too bad. Like others have said, glad he got one degree and is pursuing another. he has the main purpose for school already notched in his holster. Wish him best of luck. Frank Beamer said he is helping in other capacities - good he is still an active part of the team. We just got thinner on OL, let's see what Searels does with it.

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