The Michigan State Spartans added even more depth to their defense on Friday morning when linebacker Ed Davis received official word from the NCAA that he was granted a sixth year of eligibility following an injury that saw him miss the entire 2015 season.
Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio sent out the following tweet announcing the news.
Davis, who has already earned three letters as a Spartan suffered a torn ACL during preseason camp in 2015 after starting 12 games during the 2014 season earning honorable mention All-Big Ten from both the coaches and media for his play.
During his career Davis has posted 80 total tackles, including 16.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.
The Detroit (Mich.) Southeastern product not only brings his talents to the Spartans already deep linebacker group but also his veteran leadership.
It will be interesting to see how the Spartans work Davis into the defensive game plan as some feel he could also see time coming off the edge at defensive end with his 6-foot-2, 237-pound frame.
UPDATE: Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio released the following statement about Davis.
“We’re very excited to hear the news about Ed Davis receiving his sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. 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. Ed is an outstanding football player and has persevered through this past year. We’re looking forward to him getting back in a Green and White uniform for the Spartans this fall.”