Duke DE Anunike gets sixth year

Duke got some great news Tuesday.

Defensive end Kenny Anunike has been granted a sixth year of eligibility, the school announced, allowing the team to hang on to its best and most experienced defensive lineman for another season.

Anunike has undergone four surgeries on his left knee since arriving at Duke in 2008. He missed the entire 2008 season before playing in all 24 games during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns. In Week 4 of the 2011 season against Tulane, he suffered a season-ending knee injury and received a medical hardship waiver from the ACC.

"I am excited about returning and taking this rare opportunity to play another year at Duke," Anunike said in a statement. "It is truly great to be a part of this new era of Duke football. With Coach [David] Cutcliffe, the staff, my teammates and our fans, I believe that coming back will be my contribution in helping take our program to new heights. Go Duke!"

This season, Anunike has 36 tackles, six tackles for loss and a team-leading five sacks. He currently ranks tied for eighth in the ACC in sacks per game. In 38 career games, Anunike has 73 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four quarterback pressures and three forced fumbles.