Jan. 30, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Monday that they approved a sixth-year request for Southern Miss senior offensive lineman Jason Weaver, while also denying a similar request for senior linebacker Korey Williams.
In cases where a student-athlete misses two seasons of intercollegiate competition because of reasons outside of his or her or the institutions control, the NCAA will allow a school to petition for the student-athlete to receive a sixth season of collegiate eligibility.
"Both of these cases involved very complicated circumstances," said Jason Gray, Southern Miss Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance. "These weren't your typical extension requests where you have a student-athlete who misses two seasons because of an injury. Those type of cases are usually black and white. There was a lot of gray area in these two individual cases. Both of these cases involved these young men losing an individual who they were very close to before they started their college careers. Those events had such an effect on these young men at that time that their coaching staffs decided it would be better for them to redshirt their true freshman years and help them adjust and move on.
"The main difference between the cases were that in Jason's case the individual who passed was a family member while, in Korey's case, the individual was close personal friend and mentor, but not a relative."
Weaver, from New Orleans, La., sat out the 2007 football season at Arizona Western Community College and then suffered a knee injury during the first game of the 2010 season at Southern Miss, which required him to miss the remainder of the season. Weaver transferred from Arizona Western CC to Southern Miss in January of 2010.
Williams, also a New Orleans, La., native, sat out his true freshman season of 2007 at Southern Miss then missed ten games in the 2011 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury during the Golden Eagles game at Virginia. During his career, Williams totaled 273 total tackles to go along with 34 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, four interceptions, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.
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