Stoudermire given one more year of eligibility

Stoudermire given one more year of eligibility

Published Jan. 13, 2012 3:24 p.m. ET

It was a tough year for University of Minnesota cornerback and kick returner Troy Stoudemire, who missed the majority of the 2011 season with an injury.

Fortunately for Stoudemire, he has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the Big Ten Conference and will have one more year of eligibility.

"This is great news for Troy and for our program," head coach Jerry Kill said in a statement Friday. "I'm really excited for Troy and glad to have him back with us next season."

"I'm just excited and happy," said Stoudermire, who played in four games before breaking his arm. "I've been waiting on this thing for a long time. Now, I'm just looking forward to getting back there for my first workout and getting back with the team."

Stoudermire is the Big Ten and Minnesota school record holder for kickoff return yards with 3,102. In his four games, Stoudermire recorded 24 tackles with three tackles for loss. He also tallied two interceptions and three pass breakups.

Stoudermire moved to cornerback full-time midway through the 2010 season. He finished seventh on the team with 37 stops during 2010, while breaking up six passes, tallying one interception and recording two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.