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Justin Hilliard Granted Additional Year

Ohio State senior linebacker Justin Hilliard says the NCAA has granted him another season of eligibility.

To facilitate the request, he filled out some paperwork and wrote an essay.

"Telling them I got redshirted freshman year, telling them [I] tore my left bicep, tore my right bicep, tore my left bicep again, tore my meniscus, tore my Achillies, which I think totaled up to 24 months of rehab. So with it all said and done, they chose to give me another year," he explained.

Hilliard, listed as a backup to starter Pete Werner, has also made an impact on special teams. This season he has totaled 11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and a pick.

"It was great news," Hilliard said of the NCAA's decision.

"I still have to have some important talks," he told reporters, adding he wanted to discuss his future with his parents and coaches. However, he knows what he wants in the big picture.

"I still have more to give. Playing in the NFL is still a goal of mine."

And off the field? "I started graduate school this semester, so hopefully I'll be able to finish my master's program in consumer sciences in the next couple semesters."

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