CHAMPAIGN -- The NCAA has granted Illinois starting left tackle Corey Lewis a sixth year of eligibility after his return from a series of injuries.
A university news release said the NCAA had notified the school about the medical waiver on Friday.
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He played in the last four Illinois games last fall after missing 34 straight games.
Lewis didn't play in 2010 or 2011 after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament three times. He had had five separate surgeries.
The Cresco, Pa., native earned his bachelor's degree in 2011 and is expected to graduate with a master's this December.