If anyone should be awarded a sixth season of eligibility — or an award for perseverance — it’s North Carolina State’s Jarvis Byrd.
After earning a starting job as a true freshman in late in the 2009 season, Byrd tore an ACL in the regular season finale against North Carolina. He missed all of the 2010 season recovering from that injury… then tore the other ACL during summer workouts and missed the entire 2011 season as well. After a non-ACL-related, injury-plagued 2012 season, the defensive back started the first five games of the 2013 season… then suffered a third torn ACL in that fifth game.
Friday, there was finally some good, albeit expected news as NCSU confirmed that Byrd has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA. Byrd is not expected to participate in spring practice, but should be available for the start of summer camp.
“This is great news for a young man who has overcome so much adversity,” said head coach Dave Doeren in a statement. “Jarvis is a great leader for our team and his experience will be invaluable to us.”
In addition to the three ACL tears, Byrd battled through a thigh injury in 2012 that cost him a sizable chunk of that season. When healthy, Byrd has started eight of the 14 games in which he’s played.