South Carolina DT Josh Belk giving up football because of back injury

Ruben Hill
February 14, 2019

A general view of the kickoff between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.

It appears that the sophomore defensive tackle who transferred from Clemson to SC last offseason is no longer on the Gamecocks' football team.

According to The State, injuries - potentially serious ones - could have had a huge influence on Belk's decision.

UPDATE: The latest report is that Belk said that he broke a vertebrae and was concerned about his long-term health, so he wanted to look at a different path for his career. "Been praying and this is what God has led me to".

Now, it's being reported by multiple outlets, including The State Newspaper, that Belk is no longer with the SC football program.

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.

A source earlier in the day Wednesday, confirmed to Gamecock Central that Belk wasn't now on the team, but pointed out at the time that it wasn't finalized and that Belk could be back in the program. Dabo Swinney granted him the ability to transfer anywhere he wanted to and then a few months later, Belk was awarded a waiver to play his freshman season.

In 2018, Belk had seven tackles including a pass deflection in six total games.

The 6-foot-3, 259-pound defensive tackle collected a career-high three stops vs. Virginia in the Belk Bowl.

SC wound up finishing 7-6 after losing to Virginia in the Belk Bowl.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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