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February 8, 2012
Dworaczyk granted sixth year
LSU had an experienced offensive line in 2011 with eight players having started at least one game.
A ruling by the NCAA on Wednesday morning helped the quality of the Tigers' 2012 offensive line. Josh Dworaczyk, who sat out last season with a knee injury, was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
A representative of the NCAA verbally granted Dworaczyk's appeal to Jayson Santos of the LSU compliance office Wednesday. Dworaczyk had redshirted in 2007 - his first season in the Tigers program.
Normally a player is given a sixth year of eligibility if he misses two seasons due to injury. However, the NCAA has been more lenient in these matters in recent years.
Dworaczyk, a tight end in high school at New Iberia Catholic, was a backup offensive lineman in 2008. He won the starting left guard position prior to the start of the 2009 campaign. Dworaczyk started all 26 games played by the Tigers in 2009 and 2010.
Arthroscopic knee surgery following the Cotton Bowl in January of 2011 prevented Dworaczyk from going through spring practice. Dworaczyk was back on the practice field last August. However, he injured his other knee at that time.
Dworaczyk, who already has earned his undergraduate degree, served as a student coach on game days during the 2011 season. Talking prior to the BCS title game against Alabama, Dworaczyk said that LSU compliance officials felt good about him receiving the sixth year.
With Dworaczyk returning, the Tigers No. 1 offensive line will be comprised of three seniors - Dworaczyk at left guard, P.J. Lonergan at center and Alex Hurst at right tackle - and two juniors - Chris Faulk at left tackle and Josh Williford at right guard.
The top backups are projected to be sophomore Elliott Porter at center, sophomore La'El Collins at guard and junior Chris Davenport at tackle.
Dworaczyk is the third LSU player in the last five seasons to be granted a sixth year of eligibility. The other two individuals were Kirston Pittman in 2008 and Charles Alexander in 2009.