Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ryan Hamilton is one tough son of a gun... who deserves a sixth year of eligibility

How tough is Ryan Hamilton? After the LSU game, coaches thought the fifth-year senior captain had something wrong with his bicep and would be doubtful for next week's game. Turns out his right pectoral muscle had been torn from his humerus bone, and he'd kept playing for more than a quarter and made two more tackles.

We're not worthy.

Bobby Johnson says he'll petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt for Ryan, which would allow him to play next season as a sixth-year senior. Hopefully when that great association steps up to its decision-making dart board, the dart will land on YES.

Johnson said the NCAA tends to favor cases involving two injuries — as opposed to a player like Ryan who redshirts his freshman year because of the needs of the team and then gets injured later in his career.

Johnson did say he thinks the team has a good case.

We'll keep our fingers crossed. Bottom line, you hate to see Ryan's Vandy career end like this.

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