On Monday, the NCAA announced that Colorado State Rams tight end Kivon Cartwright has been granted a sixth season of eligibility. Cartwright struggled with a right ankle injury throughout much of his collegiate career, and the injury prevented him from playing during the 2014 season. While Cartwright could have attempted to pursue an NFL career, he instead dedicated his lost season to trying to return healthy to the program for his final year.
“I’m so excited to play again and to be a part of Colorado State,” Cartwright said to the media. “I’ll get another year, another season around the guys and my brothers who I’ve grown so close too. I’m amazed right now. I’m so thankful for everybody that worked hard through this process. God is good, God is always good. Through the ups and the downs, He’ll never leave you, nor forsake you. I’m so blessed. Blessed to be a part of the program for another year.”
During his junior season, Cartwright was an integral part of the offense, catching 22 passes for 467 yards and two touchdowns. Cartwright’s return should provide a major boost to an offense looking to sustain their success after a 10-3 2014 campaign. Still, the Rams struggled to score against a strong Utah Utes defense in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, and having a safety valve like Cartwright will be a major asset to the squad.
“We’re very excited for Kivon Cartwright, with everything he’s been through,” newly hired head coach Mike Bobo said in a statement. “He’s worked extremely hard to get back to this point, and I know his teammates are also very excited that he will be back with them for one more year. It’s going to be fun to see him back out on that field in 2015.”
*Section Photo credit to Sam Noblett, The Coloradoan; Featured Photo (above) credit to Chris Nicoll, USA Today Sports