Michigan State DT Tyler Hoover granted 6th year of eligibility by NCAA

Jonathan Daniel

Defensive tackle Tyler Hoover will return for a sixth season of eligibility with Michigan State next fall.

After dealing with a number of injuries throughout his football career, Michigan State defensive tackle Tyler Hoover was officially granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Thursday.

The 6'7, 310-pound lineman took to Twitter to break the news to fans and will now have one final season at the college level to make an impact on head coach Mark Dantonio's defense. Originally expected to play a vital role as an interior presence entering the 2012 campaign, Hoover was once again hampered by injury after developing a calf problem in early September that forced him to miss five games.

Hoover was first given a medical redshirt following his freshman season after an injury caused him to miss 10 games, and again had to sit on the sidelines after a fractured rib held him to just one game last year. With the majority of Michigan State's top underclassmen already headed to the NFL Draft, a consistent worker like Hoover represents a huge addition for Dantonio's 2013 roster.

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