A couple of weeks ahead of National Signing Day, Memphis has already received a significant — and experienced — personnel boost for the 2014 season.
Head coach Justin Fuente confirmed in a press release Monday that Brandon Hayes has won his appeal and been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA. A knee injury suffered during spring practice knocked the running back out for the entire 2010 season, while he did not play in 2009 after graduating that year.
“We’re excited to have Brandon returning for another season,” Fuente said in a statement. “Not only do we get back our leading rusher from the past two seasons, but Brandon’s experience and leadership will be an asset for our younger players as we continue to build.”
Hayes led the Tigers with 860 yards rushing and five touchdowns in 2013. That came a year after he led the team in rushing (576 yards) despite not seeing the playing field the first three games of the 2012 season.