Gopher CB Troy Stoudermire Granted 5th Year of Eligibility

January 15, 2012

Minn Football, MN

Head Coach Jerry Kill and the rest of the Golden Gopher football team got a nice gift this weekend, in the form of senior cornerback and kick returner Troy Stoudermire.  Stoudermire was granted a 5th year of eligibility by the Big Ten, due to medical hardship.  That hardship came in the form of a broken forearm in a Week 3 win vs. Miami(OH).

The Big Ten's All-Time leading kickoff return man will be back for another year. Oh, yeah - he plays corner too.

This is big for the Gophers, as Stoudermire has been the #1 corner the last 2 years, and a terrific return man (in fact he’s the Big Ten’s all-time kick return yardage leader).  This is also somewhat ironic – given that midway thru his career at Minnesota, Stoudemire looked to be ready to leave the Gophers during a suspension applied by then Head Coach Tim Brewster his junior year. But he came around, and ultimately decided that making the change from WR to CB wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.   He transitioned well to cornerback, well enough that he began drawing the matchup with the opposing teams’ #1 wideouts.

Any help the Gophers can get on their woebegone defense is welcome, especially when it comes in the form of experienced veterans.  And it’s doubly helpful when it means that D-coordinator Tracy Claeys has some additional depth to work with on the unit that was the weakest in 2011.

On a personal level, Troy was one of my favorite players on the squad in 2010 (his last full season), and he clearly worked hard to become a respectable cornerback.  Very pleased to have him back for one last year. Now if we can just get that rare 6th year of eligibility for Trevor Mbakwe, we’ll really have something going.

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4 Comments on “Gopher CB Troy Stoudermire Granted 5th Year of Eligibility”

  1. Tony Says:

    Kraft Hunger Bowl, here come the Gophers!


  2. Dusty12 Says:

    Fighting hunger is good.



  1. Weekly Golden Gopher Grab Bag | The Daily Big Ten - January 20, 2012

    […] case you didn’t hear earlier, senior CB/KR Troy Stoudermire received a 5th year of eligibility, due to medical hardship.  This is good news for the Gopher defensive depth chart and kick return […]

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