NCF Nation: Jeff Blanchard
Coach Kevin Sumlin said it was too early to consider such a possibility, which would appear to be a long-shot based on recent decisions the NCAA has made with other players. Under NCAA rules, a student-athlete has five years to complete four years of eligibility. Student-athletes can apply for the sixth year of eligibility should they lose more than a season for reasons beyond their control. Since Keenum took the typical redshirt season as a freshman, Houston could have difficulty making the case.
Here is a look at some of the recent waivers the NCAA has granted, and some it has rejected. Keep in mind each appeal is handled on a case by case basis:
FAU senior running back Jeff Blanchard got a sixth year because he suffered season-ending injuries in 2007 (ankle) and 2009 (knee).
Kent State running back Eugene Jarvis was granted a sixth year after a lacerated kidney forced him to miss nearly all of 2009. He was redshirted as a freshman because an error with his high school grades had him declared academically ineligible.
South Carolina LB Rodney Paulk had his waiver granted after missing most of the past two seasons with knee injuries.
USF running back Moise Plancher was granted a sixth year because he did lose two seasons to injury. He redshirted his freshman year because of a shoulder injury in 2005, then the following season he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener.
Arizona State WR Brandon Smith got his sixth year of eligibility. He missed the 2007 and 2009 seasons because of injuries.
Ball State TE Madaris Grant had his appeal denied. Grant tore an ACL in the first quarter of the season opener last season against North Texas. Coach Stan Parrish said that the appeal was rejected because the NCAA requires two severe injuries for a sixth year. Grant redshirted his freshman year without injury.
Cincinnati QB Ben Mauk had his appeal denied. Mauk was redshirted as a freshman, then missed almost all the 2006 season with a shoulder injury. He argued he did have an injury in his redshirt season, but the NCAA still said no.
Oregon State QB Lyle Moevao had his appeal rejected. Moevao injured his right shoulder during the 2008 season, then suffered a foot injury in October 2009. The school said his appeal was denied, “due to him not demonstrating the loss of two seasons beyond his control."
Florida RB Dorian Munroe had his appeal denied despite tearing his ACL last year for the second time in his career. The NCAA turned down the appeal because he played in a game in 2009.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
The Tuesday blog was a little Buckeye heavy -- apparently they have a big game this week -- so it's time to see what else happened around the league. Let's see ... bad news at Minnesota, no news at Penn State.
- Like it or not, Ohio State is carrying the Big Ten flag this weekend, though other teams also need to step up, Dave Curtis writes in The Sporting News.
- Defensive lineman Will Davis is pulling double duty for Illinois, and freshman Cory Liuget will have a big role soon up front, Stu Durando writes in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Illinois' opponent this week, Louisiana-Lafayette, has more important things than football on its mind, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- After a strong performance against Murray State, Indiana's Marcus Thigpen wants the Hoosiers' running backs to have a greater role, Brian Hedger writes in the Gary Post-Tribune.
- Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is just 3-6 against rival Iowa State, and he's well aware of the missed opportunities, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Iowa is getting healthy for Saturday, especially in the passing game, Pat Harty writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- Michigan's defense has the experience -- and now the speed -- to carry the load while the offense transitions, Brian Hamilton writes in the Chicago Tribune. Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis dropped in on Rich Rodriguez last year to learn about the spread offense, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. Weis also said his "To hell with Michigan" comment was an homage to Bo. Whatever you say, coach.
- A lot of tough talk from Florida Atlantic this season. After coach Howard Schnellenberger dissed Texas, kick returner Jeff Blanchard, reportedly, had this to say about Michigan State: "We will score a lot against them, trust me." I didn't realize winning the Sun Belt was license to pop off. At least Spartans coach Mark Dantonio is taking a rational approach to the game, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- A season-ending injury to running back Duane Bennett and injuries to two starting offensive linemen will test undefeated Minnesota, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune. Here's a good look at the three men trying to replace Bennett, courtesy of Marcus Fuller in the Star Tribune.
- Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher is focused on limiting turnovers, even if his completion percentage suffers, Jim O'Donnell writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. The Wildcats need fewer dropped passes and more from defensive tackle John Gill, but the secondary finally looks solid, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald.
- A heavily criticized Ohio State team has an opportunity to change things Saturday, Pete Thamel writes in The New York Times. Many give the loser of Saturday's game an outside chance to still reach the BCS title game, but after back-to-back failures, Ohio State knows it needs to be perfect, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune. Jim Tressel in a Tommy Bahama? Pete Carroll in a sweater vest? Here's a great piece on the differences between the two coaches from The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises.
- Penn State's defensive line continues to be in flux, Frank Bodani writes in The York Daily Record. ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel and others weigh in on the impact of Penn State's most recent disciplinary lapse, John Ross writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- Some funny lines from Purdue coach Joe Tiller about the Oregon matchup, though linebacker Jason Werner's latest back injury is no laughing matter, Tom Kubat writes in The Journal and Courier.
- All-America tight end Travis Beckum can't wait to make his season debut for Wisconsin at Fresno State, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Badgers linebacker Jaevery McFadden clouds mistakes with top-end speed, Mike Lucas writes in The Capital Times.