Royston Receives Extra Year of Eligibility

After a devastating injury in spring practice, senior safety Kim Royston battled all year to try to get back on the field. Unfortunately for the Minneapolis native, he never got to a point where he was healthy enough to see playing time. On Friday, Royston received word that he would be given a sixth year of eligibility after missing the Gophers' entire 2010 campaign.

Royston played high school ball in Minnesota for Cretin-Derham Hall before attending Wisconsin in 2006. He played in 12 games in 2007 and recorded 14 tackles and a forced fumble.

After the 2007 season, Royston transferred to Minnesota, forcing him to sit out all of 2008. In 2009, during his junior season, Royston had an impressive season, recording 86 tackles to go with six pass break-ups, one interception and one forced fumble.

Heading into the 2010 season, Royston was expected to be one of the most experienced and skilled players on the Gophers' defense.

During spring practice, Royston suffered a broken leg, keeping him out of competition for the entire year. Getting Royston back on the field next season could bring a huge boost for the Minnesota secondary.

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