Melvin Eugene Tuten, Jr. (born November 11, 1971) is a former American football offensive lineman and coach. He was most recently the offensive line coach for the Marion Blue Racers of the Continental Indoor Football League. He is also a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League, and Continental Indoor Football League.
He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C. where he lettered in football and basketball.
He played college football at Syracuse where he was a tight end and lettered 3 times. During his senior year, he played for the 1994-1995 Syracuse Basketball team, playing in 4 games as a forward. He scored a total of 7 points and had 1 rebound.
He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft. During his rookie season, he did see some action at tight end, where he caught 2 passes for 12 yards and 1 touchdown. Games Played 32 Starts 9
In 1999, he signed with the Denver Broncos after 2 years off. He was released Games Played 2 Starts 0
In 2000, he signed with the Carolina Panthers. He recovered the only fumble of his career while starting at right tackle in 2002. He was placed on the IR in 2003 with a knee injury, effectively ending his NFL career. Games Played 32 Starts 8
After several injuries, and lack of talented linemen, Tuten suited up for the final 4 games for the Blue Racers, who play in the Continental Indoor Football League. He started both of the team's playoff games., who finished the regular season 8-2 and lost the CIFL Championship Game to the Cincinnati Commandosa
He has helped out at Midwest Lineman Camp at Illinois Wesleyan
He was named the lineman coach for the Marion Blue Racers for the 2011 season, and will return again in 2012