Syracuse filed a medial hardship waiver with the NCAA after last season on behalf of Luke Arciniega in order to gain an extra year of eligibility. The former junior college transfer has spent his time with the Orange battling several injuries that have kept him off the field and prematurely ended multiple seasons. He posted on Instagram on Saturday that he was granted two more years to play college football.
A CuseNation.com source confirmed the news Saturday evening.
Arciniega had exhausted all of his four years between junior college and at Syracuse, but the announcement is positive news on the injury front for maybe the first time in his career.
He played in only four games last season due to a nagging lower body injury, picking up one sack and four tackles. During the offseason prior to the 2014 campaign, he had hip surgery. Prior to that, he enrolled at Nevada out of high school. Concussion issues, and seeming disagreement with the Nevada staff regarding those concussions, led to leaving that program in order to go the junior college route.
This coming season there will be more change for Arciniega, as he transitions from middle linebacker to defensive end. His athleticism should work well there, and his presence adds much needed depth to the defensive line.