BREAKING NEWS: MiQuale Lewis says he's been granted extra year of eligibility

Athletics department still awaiting official word from NCAA

MiQuale Lewis said Wednesday he has been told he will receive a fifth year of eligibility, but Ball State University is still waiting for official notification.

Lewis said trainer Shawn Comer was called by the NCAA with the news, which was relayed to him by offensive coordinator Eddie Faulkner on Monday morning.

Joe Hernandez, Ball State's Associate Athletic Director for Media and Alumni Relations, said that when the NCAA officially rules on the matter, Ball State will receive a letter. That has not happened as of Wednesday afternoon.

Assistant Mid-American Conference commissioner Ken Mather said Monday paperwork had been submitted to the NCAA, but official word might not come until February.

Lewis was named second team All-MAC after leading the Cardinals with 871 rushing yards this season. He also set the school record for single-game rushing yards with 301 at Eastern Michigan University. The Fort Wayne native ranks third all-time at Ball State in career rushing yards and touchdowns.

Ball State petitioned for the extra year for Lewis and tight end Madaris Grant, after Grant tore his ACL on Opening Night against the University of North Texas. Lewis tore his ACL during his sophomore year at the University of Nebraska.

The status of Grant's request is still pending.

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