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Friday, January 13, 2012
Stoudermire gets extra year for Minnesota

By Brian Bennett

Minnesota received some good news on Friday, as the NCAA approved the medical hardship waiver for cornerback Troy Stoudermire, allowing him to return for a fifth season.

Stoudermire played in only four games before suffering a season-ending arm injury in 2011. He had 24 tackles and two interceptions before getting hurt.

He has played both offense and defense during his career and was a standout on special teams, where he led the Big Ten in kick returns as a true freshman. He broke the all-time Big Ten return yards record during the second game of the season against New Mexico State.

Stoudermire's return gives the Gophers some much-needed experience in the secondary, where safety Kim Royston departs. Like Stoudermire, Royston got an extra season because of a medical waiver. He went on to have a huge final year at Minnesota. Perhaps Stoudermire can do the same