By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State tailback D.J. Harper has received his sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, the school announced Tuesday on Twitter.
The NCAA generally gives athletes five years to complete four years of competition. However, there is an exception available if an athlete misses two seasons because of injury.
Harper has played in each of the past five seasons but in 2009 and 2010 he only appeared in three games. The NCAA allows for a medical hardship if a player competes in less than 30 percent of games.
Harper is the projected starter for 2012. He was expected to get his extra year all along, which is why he was not honored on Senior Day. Harper has scored 25 touchdowns in his career and rushed for 1,642 yards.
Boise State has not made any announcement about offensive lineman Cory Yriarte, who also is expected to receive a sixth year. Yriarte missed two full seasons and seems like a clearer case for a sixth year than Harper.
Both players tore the same anterior cruciate ligament twice.