Ohio State’s 2020 defense received a boost tonight, as the Buckeyes learned that a veteran linebacker has received another year of eligibility.
Justin Hilliard, a former five-star recruit, has been granted a sixth year of eligibility due to his injury history.
The former top recruit has suffered two torn biceps and a torn Achilles since his arrival in Columbus. These injuries have caused him to miss significant time in an Ohio State uniform.
Hilliard has since been ruled eligible to continue playing in 2020.
Justin Hilliard just said the NCAA has approved him getting a sixth year if eligibility.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) December 4, 2019
The NCAA is able to grant a sixth year of eligibility to players who are “deprived of the opportunity to participate for more than one season in his or her sport within the five-year period of eligibility for reasons that are beyond the control of the student-athlete or the institution.”
Hilliard meets those circumstances due to his injury history.
There are more games to be played this season, of course. Ohio State is set to play Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday. The Buckeyes will lock up a College Football Playoff spot with a win.