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NCAA Grants Texas Tech Starting Center A 7th Year

The NCAA has awarded a rare 7th year to Texas Tech’s Tony Morales.

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Some sort of miracle has happened. The NCAA has granted Texas Tech center Tony Morales a seventh year of eligibility. No, that’s not a typo, and we don’t mean sixth. Morales has been two additional years of eligibility.

It isn’t totally unprecedented as the NCAA has awarded a seventh year before, but it doesn’t happen very often. Only in incredibly rare cases, and only to those deserving, and Morales is certainly deserving.

There’s snake bitten, and then there’s Tony Morales. He missed the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 season all due to season-ending injuries before the season even started.

Finally healed, healthy and ready to put his injuries behind him, Morales first saw the field as a redshirt senior last season. He appeared in 10 games at right guard and started in six games.

Working on his master’s degree in educational leadership, Morales was granted a sixth year by the NCAA before the 2016 season. He moved from right guard to center and has started for the Red Raiders in every game so far.

Morales was expected to walk during senior day against Texas on Saturday, but with another year of eligibility granted, he will gladly postpone that walk a year.

“I know I’ve got another year, for sure,” Morales told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “I already talked to compliance and (offensive line) coach (Lee) Hays and them. I worked too hard for too long. I didn’t rehab for four years to turn down eligibility.”

 

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