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August 15, 2013

NCAA grants waivers for three Bulldogs


RUSTON - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ruled on three Louisiana Tech appeals Thursday, granting Richie Casey, Jeremy Graffree and Andrew Guillot a sixth year of eligibility.

All three Bulldogs sustained multiple injuries in the past that prevented them from competing for four years in their five year windows. NCAA rules stipulate that a student-athlete has five years from the first day they enroll in a school of higher education in which to play four.

Casey, a wide receiver from Homer, enrolled at Louisiana Tech in 2008 but did not play in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons due to a pair of knee injuries. He enters the 2013 season with 75 career catches for 764 yards and four touchdowns.

Graffree, an offensive lineman from Gauthier, Miss., joined the program for the 2011 season after spending the previous three years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Graffree sat out the 2008 season at Mississippi Gulf Coast with an injury and then suffered an Achilles injury in August 2012, sidelining him for last year's campaign. He has played four games for LA Tech in a Bulldogs jersey, all of which came in 2011 when Tech won the Western Athletic Conference Championship.

Guillot, a wide receiver from Slidell whom former coach Sonny Dykes termed as "The Man with the Bionic Knee," suffered knee injuries in both 2008 and 2009, preventing him from playing. He enters the 2013 season with 45 career receptions for 373 yards and one touchdown while also recording 14 punt returns in his career for 168 yards including a long return of 52 yards against Central Arkansas in 2011.

LA Tech is still awaiting a ruling on a sixth year for offensive lineman Larry Banks and a waiver for transfers Joseph Brunson (Louisiana-Lafayette) and Paul Turner (LSU) to be eligible to play immediately.

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