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Troy Stoudermire Gets Medical Waiver And An Extra Year With Minnesota

The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team should be a little bit better off in 2012, as College Football Talk reports on Twitter that defensive back Troy Stoudermire was granted a medical hardship waiver by the Big Ten, and will play in 2012. Soudermire played in just four games before suffering a season-ending arm injury. Now he'll get another year of eligibility so he can try and help the Golden Gophers get back on track with a veteran presence in the secondary, not to mention boost his own chances at the NFL Draft.

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Stoudermire had 24 tackles and two picks in the four games he played this past season, and has played on offense, defense and special teams. He's a great kick returner, leading the Big Ten in kick returns as a true freshman. Against New Mexico State, he broke the Big Ten return yards record.

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There's a solid chance he'll be able to establish himself in those areas again in preparation of next season. Kim Royston is entering the NFL draft after a huge season, after playing an extra season due to a medical waiver of his own. Stoudermire has a chance to make history repeat itself at this point.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.