There will be a ninth season of collegiate football for Cam McCormick, who plays tight end for Miami.
Thursday was the day that McCormick announced that his request to play collegiate football for a ninth season had been approved, and that he would be returning to the Hurricanes for the 2024 season.
McCormick submitted a petition to the Atlantic Coast Conference in September with the intention of playing for the Hurricanes for a total of two seasons. This is the first time that a college football player has ever had nine seasons of eligibility.
— Cam (@McCormick_Cam) January 18, 2024
McCormick began his professional career at Oregon, where he remained for the first seven seasons of his career before transferring to Miami prior to the 2023 season.
McCormick had a left ankle injury that ended his season in the first game of the 2018 season. Prior to that, he had received a redshirt in 2016 and participated in all of Oregon’s games in 2017.
The injury required him to have many operations, and it caused him to miss the 2019 season as well as the 2020 season, which was affected by the pandemic.
Despite the fact that McCormick was able to return to the field for the 2021 season, he sustained another injury to his right Achilles tendon that ended his season two games into the championship season.
It was possible for him to return to the field for the 2022 season, and he participated in each of the Ducks’ thirteen games. He had ten receptions, 66 yards, and three touchdowns to his name. At Miami, McCormick collected eight receptions for 62 yards during his rookie season with the Dolphins.
Considering the eligibility predicament of the three-star talent from the class of 2016, it is highly possible that we will never see him again. McCormick is able to participate in a ninth season of collegiate football as a result of the injuries that caused him to basically miss four seasons of football.
Additionally, the NCAA granted athletes an additional year of eligibility as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, which allowed them to extend their eligibility for the season.
McCormick was a member of the same Oregon recruiting class as Justin Herbert, who is currently the quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers. This is to put into perspective how long McCormick has been attending college.
McCormick started his academic career in Oregon, where he completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees before transferring to Miami.