Cheney, WA (Sports Network) - The NCAA has granted Eastern Washington wide receiver Tyler Hart a sixth year to complete his football eligibility after having two seasons shortened because of injuries.
Out of a possible 49 games he could have played from 2008-2011, Hart played in only 28, missing the majority of games in 2008 and last season.
"It's exciting for Tyler," EWU head coach Beau Baldwin said. "He's had a tough go of it with a couple of injuries, so it's great for him to get a chance to finish his career, hopefully, healthy. Up until his injury last year he was going to be a big contributor for us. Our goal is to get him back to where he was in fall camp a year ago - he was going to be a strong force in the return game and at slot receiver."
Hart has 43 career receptions for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Originally a running back his first two seasons in the program, he also has rushed 66 times for 278 yards and four touchdowns. He has returned five punts for a 9.4-yard average and five kickoffs for a 23.2 average.
Last month, Eastern Washington linebacker Zach Johnson received a sixth year from the NCAA after having 19 games wiped out because of a knee injury that erased his entire 2009 campaign and most of last season.