When Michigan cornerback Jeremy Clark tore his ACL in the fourth game of the 2016 season, the hope was that he would be granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Well, according to reports, that is not that case and Clark will be forced to leave the Wolverines and will see what kind of options he has at the next level.
According to a source, Jeremy Clark has been denied a sixth year of eligibility. Has signed an agent and will pursue his NFL options.
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Clark told the Free Press today that his application for a sixth year was denied.
When he suffered an ACL tear in Michigan’s fourth game last season, it appeared it might be early enough to get him a look at another season.
But sixth years are granted infrequently because there is already a redshirt year built in as players have five years to play their four of eligibility.
Clark’s problem was he redshirted as a true freshman without an apparent injury. Most players granted a sixth year on a “hardship waiver” receive it after multiple seasons nullified by injury.
The threshold for a hardship is “the injury or illness occurs when the student-athlete has not participated in more than three contests or dates of competition (whichever is applicable to that sport) or 30% (whichever number is greater) of the institution’s scheduled or completed contests.”
To read the rest of the article by Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, please click the link below.