An unusual circumstance will allow Texas Tech defensive end Eli Howard to remain on campus for longer than originally anticipated.
A sophomore, Howard arrived at Texas Tech as a transfer from North Texas and circumstances surrounding his transfer has led to the NCAA granting him an extra year of availability, according to a report from Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
“The NCAA has granted Howard a waiver pertaining to the circumstances of his transfer from North Texas to Tech, a Tech spokesman said, restoring a year of eligibility.”
According to Williams, Howard declined to comment on the NCAA’s ruling to grant him an additional year of eligibility and the background details involved. Howard originally transferred to Texas Tech after the 2015 fall semester and joined the Red Raiders weeks later for the 2016 spring semester.
The NCAA’s ruling will allow Howard to reclassify as a redshirt freshman, which will provide him with three more years of eligibility.
The standout defensive end currently leads Texas Tech in sacks and tackles for loss with 5.5 and 8.5, respectively. Howard also has 26 total tackles to date.