Minnesota received some good news on Friday, as the NCAA approved the medical hardship waiver for cornerback Troy Stoudermire, allowing him to return for a fifth season.
Stoudermire played in only four games before suffering a season-ending arm injury in 2011. He had 24 tackles and two interceptions before getting hurt.
He has played both offense and defense during his career and was a standout on special teams, where he led the Big Ten in kick returns as a true freshman. He broke the all-time Big Ten return yards record during the second game of the season against New Mexico State.
Stoudermire's return gives the Gophers some much-needed experience in the secondary, where safety Kim Royston departs. Like Stoudermire, Royston got an extra season because of a medical waiver. He went on to have a huge final year at Minnesota. Perhaps Stoudermire can do the same