An injury that cost Michael Doctor most of the 2013 season will net the linebacker another season of eligibility at Oregon State.
OSU confirmed Wednesday that, as expected, Doctor has been granted a medical hardship waiver. Doctor suffered an ankle injury Sept. 7 last year and did not play again.
The release stated that Doctor “qualified for a medical hardship for the 2013 season by meeting several criteria, most notably that he did not play in more than four of the first six games of the year per NCAA rules.”
Doctor, who has already received his degree from the university, led the Beavers in tackles with 83 in 2012. Prior to his injury, he had started 25 straight games.
Despite the resume, Doctor is far from assured a return to a starting role as the Beavers will have eight lettermen at the position coming back in 2014.
“From a football standpoint, I’m very excited to have Michael back; he solidifies our outside linebacker depth,” head coach Mike Riley said in a statement. “From a personal standpoint, Michael has meant a great deal to this team not only on the field, but off as a captain and a true leader. Having number 40 back in the lineup is a huge plus for the defense.”
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