Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Citing family responsibilities, McClure leaves Arkansas football team
Arkansas defensive back D'Vone McClure (36) pursues Eastern Illinois receiver Aaron Gooch (7) during a game Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Linebacker D’Vone McClure has left the Arkansas football program midway through the 2019 season.
Razorbacks coach Chad Morris confirmed McClure’s departure Monday, saying McClure indicated that the decision was based on his desire to focus on academics and support his family. McClure has a son.
“From my communication with him it was him stepping away for family purposes,” Morris said. “That’s what he shared with me. He has not entered the transfer portal...as of me walking down here, or not that I’ve heard of.”
McClure, a redshirt junior, has played in 18 career games and has 37 career tackles. In six games this season, McClure had 11 tackles, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.
He has been listed on the depth chart as a backup weakside linebacker on defense and also played special teams for the Razorbacks. Hayden Henry is listed as the team’s backup weakside linebacker on the depth chart for this weekend’s game against Auburn.
Prior to playing college football, McClure was a minor league baseball outfielder for the Cleveland Indians for four seasons. He committed to play baseball at Arkansas out of Jacksonville High School, but signed professionally after he was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB draft.
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