Michigan Wolverines senior defensive end Mario Ojemudia may apply for a fifth year of eligibility following surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon suffered during his team’s game against Maryland two weeks ago. Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press reported the development.
Ojemudia faces an uphill battle, as he suffered his injury after the redshirt threshold of three games. On top of that, at a press conference shortly after his injury, coach Jim Harbaugh said “it was his understanding” that Ojemudia’s college playing days was over.
However, Lisa Byington of Big Ten Network reported the following:
“Harbaugh also told us he is interested in at least gathering more information about trying to petition for another year for defensive lineman Mario Ojemudia. There have been some unique cases the NCAA has heard, and granted.”
That “unique case” could be related to Ojemudia’s recovery time. Having posted 82 tackles (17.5 for a loss) and eight sacks with an interception and a forced fumble in his time in Ann Arbor, he is a surefire candidate to be selected in the NFL Draft from a statistical standpoint. However, recovery from a torn Achilles tendon is at least six months, which would put Ojemudia back on his feet before the draft, but after the NFL Scouting Combine. Since Ojemudia wouldn’t be able to showcase his talents at the combine, that could seriously affect his draft value.
Thus, Ojemudia can use the argument that he never redshirted up until now to perhaps get a medical exception. Stay tuned to Campus Sports for updates on this story!
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Detroit Free Press