Despite losing most of his senior season to an injury, Corey Nelson likely won't return for a fifth season with the Oklahoma Sooners. According to NewsOK.com on Dec. 19, the NCAA denied Nelson of the extra year of eligibility.
This rejection was expected. The rules state that, if a player plays more than 30 percent of the season, they are not eligible for a medical redshirt. Nelson suffered a pectoral injury against the TCU Horned Frogs on Oct. 5 that ended his season. That meant that Nelson played in four games and then part of the fifth.
Four games equals 30 percent. Because he played in the game where he suffered the injury, it meant he slightly slipped over the limit he needed for the medical redshirt. According to NCAA rules, if he was injured against Notre Dame the week before, he could have returned for the fifth redshirt season.
Nelson opened the season as a team captain for the Sooners, and once he fell to injury, the defense looked different and was not able to stop opposing teams as well as they did with Nelson healthy and in the lineup. He finished his final season with the Sooners with 27 tackles, three for a loss, one sack and one interception.
The Oklahoma Sooners has requested one more review for Nelson, but if he is denied again, that will be his last chance. If Nelson leaves, he will finish his Sooners' career with 153 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, and the one interception.