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    Lewis Granted Sixth Year of Eligibility by NCAA
    After missing 34 games due to injuries, Lewis returned to the field at Ohio State last November.


    After missing 34 games due to injuries, Lewis returned to the field at Ohio State last November.

    April 19, 2013

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois offensive lineman Corey Lewis (Cresco, Pa./East Stroudsburg South HS) has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA and will have a sixth year of eligibility for the 2013 season, the organization announced Friday. Lewis did not play in 2010 or 2011 after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) three times, five total knee surgeries and the subsequent rehabilitation.

    He returned to action at Ohio State on Nov. 3, 2012 - his first playing time in 1,076 days after missing 34 games - and played 25 snaps against the Buckeyes. Lewis then saw considerable time in Illinois' final three games of the 2012 season and is listed as the starter at right tackle following spring practice.

    Lewis, who was named the Bresee Most Improved Offensive Player following 2013 spring practice on April 12, completed his bachelor's degree in communication in December 2011 and will complete his master's degree in sport management in December 2013. Lewis is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, earning the honors in 2009 and 2012.

    Check out some Corey Lewis comeback stories from last season:
    Decatur Herald & Review (Nov. 6, 2012)
    ESPN.com (Nov. 7, 2012)
    Daily Illini (Nov. 7, 2012)
    Chicago Tribune (Nov. 8, 2012)

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