It looks as if the potential, or even likely, successor to All-American tight end Maxx Williams will head into the 2015 season armed with another season in his back pocket. Provided he can stay healthy, of course.
While Minnesota has yet to confirm it, Duke Anyanwu took to Twitter Tuesday to announce that his medical hardship waiver for a sixth season of eligibility has been approved by the NCAA. The tight end missed the entire 2014 season after sustaining a torn ACL during summer camp last August. He also took a redshirt for his true freshman season in 2012 after tearing an ACL a first time.
The waiver means that, including 2015, Anyanwu will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
The 6-4, 239-pound Anyanwu has played in exactly one game for the Gophers, the 2013 season opener against Western Illinois. Despite his lack of experience or receptions at this level, and despite the injuries, Anyanwu is viewed as one of the favorites to replace Williams at tight end.
To buttress that potential front-runner status, Anyanwu had entered camp last year as Williams’ primary backup prior to his latest injury.