Tuesday, December 21, 2010
USF wide receiver A.J. Love, who missed all 12 games this season due to a knee injury, was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Monday.
The former Southeast High standout is expected to be back to full strength for the spring season in 2011.
"I was happy and excited to find out I'll be able to come back for another year and play with the guys," Love said. "It's an early Christmas gift. I had a lot of people helping me out including (Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance) Steve Horton and (Director of Sports Medicine) Steve Walz, so I'm just looking forward to getting back out on the field."
Love, who missed his true freshman year with a thumb injury, has played in 33 career games, making 65 catches for 970 yards and seven TDs. Last season, as a junior, Love posted 26 receptions for 489 yards and four TDs. He added 31 grabs for 370 yards and two TDs as a sophomore and eight catches for 111 yards and a TD as a redshirt freshman in 2007.
In addition to his play on the field, Love earned his degree in communications earlier this month and will begin work on a second bachelor's degree in mass communications this spring.