Two Football Players Granted Fifth Year of Eligibility



Aug 28, 2013

RUSTON, La. - Officials ruled on two more Louisiana Tech appeals Wednesday, granting Larry Banks and Scott Cathcart a fifth year of eligibility.

The two Bulldogs join three others – Richie Casey, Jeremy Graffree and Andrew Guillot – that were given a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Aug. 15.

Head coach Skip Holtz initially announced the rulings over his twitter account, @LATechSHoltz, and retweeted the news from the program’s official twitter account, @LATechFB.

Banks, an offensive lineman from Fayette, Miss., sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in the first game of the year at Southern Miss in 2011. He had previously played two years at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in 2009 and 2010 and played in all 12 games last season, starting in four.

Cathcart, a wide receiver from Santa Maria, Calif., appeared in one game in 2011 at Idaho before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. Prior to Louisiana Tech he played for two years at Allan Hancock Community College. Cathcart made one appearance last season in LA Tech’s 70-28 win over Idaho.

LA Tech is still awaiting a ruling on a waiver for transfers Joseph Brunson (Louisiana-Lafayette) and Paul Turner (LSU) to be eligible to play immediately.

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