It took much longer than originally anticipated, but Ed Davis has received the all-clear from the NCAA.
Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio confirmed Friday that the linebacker has been granted a sixth season of eligibility. Because of the ruling, Davis will be eligible to play in MSU’s next game, a Sept. 17 matchup at Notre Dame.
The Spartans will be on a bye in Week 2.
In June of this year, it was reported that Davis was seeking a sixth season of the eligibility from the NCAA. However, MSU couldn’t apply for that sixth season on Davis’ behalf until the linebacker graduated from the university, which contributed greatly to the delay.
“We’re very excited to hear the news about Ed Davis receiving his sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA,” a statement from MSU’s head coach began. “We felt all along throughout this process that Ed would get an opportunity to play this season once the paperwork was submitted and reviewed. Ed fulfilled his requirements by earning his degree this summer, so it’s great to see him get rewarded after missing all of last year with a knee injury.
“I want to thank everyone who helped Ed during this process, particularly our academic, compliance and athletic training staffs. I appreciate their efforts in having a young man finish his collegiate career on the field, rather than the sidelines.”
A key contributor from 2012-14, Davis started 12 games in that latter season. He was third on the team in tackles for loss (12) and sacks (seven), and was named honorable mention All-Big Ten for his performance.
Davis didn’t play at all in 2015 because of a torn ACL sustained in the first full-pads practice of summer camp last August. That lost season, plus a redshirt his true freshman season in 2011 that was blamed on an injury stemming from his high school playing days, led to the sixth year of eligibility.
“Ed is an outstanding football player and has persevered through this past year,” Dantonio continued. “We’re looking forward to him getting back in a Green and White uniform for the Spartans this fall.”