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Michigan State starting RT Jordan Reid pulls out of season due to COVID-19 concerns

Michigan State just lost another returning starter due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Senior starting right tackle Jordan Reid announced via Twitter Friday morning that he is retiring from the 2020 season.

The move comes the same day the Spartans started fall camp. Reid is the second member of the team to publicly step down, after Announcement of senior starting defensive end Jacub Panasiuk on Wednesday.

Reid said he will graduate in December, plans to return to Michigan State for his fifth year, and noted he has spoken to head coach Mel Tucker and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic of the decision.

“Due to all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and personal family experiences, I believe this is the best choice for me during these trying times,” Reed wrote. “I want to thank Coach Tucker and Coach Kapilovic for their understanding and support during these times. That being said, I wish my brothers good luck this season as I will be cheering them on! I can’t wait to see what the future holds and I can’t wait to be on track next season.

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The 2020 college football season remains under threat due to the pandemic, and the NCAA Division II and III Fall Athletic Championships were canceled on Wednesday. Players across the country have retired, including some of the Big Ten’s top talent in Minnesota, wide receiver Rashod Bateman, Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons.

Speaking to reporters on a Zoom call on Thursday, Tucker said he “100%” supports Panasiuk’s decision and is speaking with other players who may retire this season.

“Whatever they decide to do, we’re going to support them,” Tucker said. “Overall, we have a football team that is excited to get ready for camp, excited to start camp and ready for our first game. We will play with the guys who are available.

Reid, 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, is a former Detroit Cass Tech standout who signed with Michigan State’s recruiting class in 2017 and completed the rotation as a true freshman, including understood by making a departure. While the Spartans offensive line has been plagued with injuries for the past two seasons, Reid has been consistent and started 26 straight games at right tackle.

Reid previously weighed in publicly on college football programs moving forward amid the pandemic.

“Guys are testing positive across the country left and right…why is there still talk of a season? Why does it take so long to make a logical decision? Hmm let me guess REVENUE #NCAA #BIG10,” Reed tweeted on July 24.

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