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Oklahoma senior linebacker Corey Nelson still awaiting NCAA ruling on medical redshirt

by Jason Kersey Modified: December 13, 2013 at 9:40 am •  Published: December 13, 2013

Corey Nelson's college career is still up in the air. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Corey Nelson's college career is still up in the air. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Oklahoma senior linebacker Corey Nelson is still waiting for the NCAA to rule on his appeal for a fifth year of eligibility, he told The Oklahoman this week.

Nelson was having the best season of his career before a torn pectoral muscle ended it in OU’s Oct. 5 win over TCU. He initially appealed to the Big 12 Conference for a medical redshirt, but was denied, forcing him to appeal to the NCAA.

Nelson played as a true freshman, so he’s never used a redshirt season.

NCAA rules state that to receive a medical redshirt, a player cannot have appeared in more than 30 percent of his team’s games.

OU sources have indicated that Nelson’s chances at winning his appeal to the NCAA are very slim.

Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson, who signed with the Sooners in the 2010 recruiting class with Nelson, expressed support for his former teammate Thursday on Twitter.

They got to RT @jasonkersey: Still no word from the NCAA regarding senior LB Corey Nelson’s appeal for a fifth year. #Sooners

— Tony Jefferson (@tonyjefferson1) December 12, 2013

 

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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