On Friday, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio announced Ed Davis had been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
On Monday, Dantonio said it’s possible Davis could see action this weekend against Notre Dame.
While speaking on Detroit’s WJR-AM radio station, Dantonio said the linebacker could play this Saturday.
Dantonio on WJR: "It is huge. It's great for Ed & our program. … We gotta get him on the field now." Possibly could play vs. Notre Dame.
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) September 12, 2016
MLive.com‘s Kyle Austin reported that Dantonio said Davis’ reps in practice have been limited because of the uncertainty regarding his situation.
Sounds like Davis' reps have been limited because of his uncertainty. Dantonio: He’s got a couple of things he’s got to still work through.
— Kyle Austin (@kylebaustin) September 12, 2016
Davis didn’t play during the 2015 season because of a torn ACL, so his return is a big boost to the Spartans’ defense. In 2014, Davis had 58 total tackles while recording 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
Michigan State had hoped Davis would be cleared in time for the season opener against Furman on Sept. 2, but Davis could return for No. 12 Michigan State’s trip to No. 18 Notre Dame. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on NBC.
“We felt all along throughout this process that Ed would get an opportunity to play this season once the paperwork was submitted and reviewed,” Dantonio said in Friday’s release on the team’s website. “Ed fulfilled his requirements by earning his degree this summer, so it’s great to see him get rewarded after missing all of last year with a knee injury. I want to thank everyone who helped Ed during this process, particularly our academic, compliance and athletic training staffs. I appreciate their efforts in having a young man finish his collegiate career on the field, rather than the sidelines. Ed is an outstanding football player and has persevered through this past year. We’re looking forward to him getting back in a Green and White uniform for the Spartans this fall.”