After missing all of one season and most of another due to injuries, Kenny Anunike will see his collegiate career extended by one year thanks to the never-ending benevolence of the NCAA.
In a release, Duke announced that the defensive end has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the Association. Anunike had previously received a medical hardship waiver from the ACC for a fifth season, which he utilized in 2012.
“I am excited about returning and taking this rare opportunity to play another year at Duke,” Anunike said in a statement. “It is truly great to be a part of this new era of Duke Football. With Coach Cutcliffe, the staff, my teammates and our fans, I believe that coming back will be my contribution in helping take our program to new heights. Go Duke!”
Anunike, who is majoring in biological anthropology and anatomy and is scheduled to graduate from Duke next month, missed all of the 2008 season and all but four games in 2011 because of ACL injuries. All told, the player has undergone four surgical procedures on his left knee since arriving at Duke four years ago.
This season, however, Anunike has been healthy throughout, credited with 36 tackles, six tackles for loss and a team-leading five quarterback sacks.
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