OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi defensive end Kentrell Lockett has been granted a sixth year of eligibility after receiving a waiver from the NCAA.
Lockett, a 6-foot-5, 248-pound senior, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the fourth game of the season against Fresno State.
Lockett's injury was one reason the Ole Miss defense struggled last season. The defense gave up more than 35 points per game, which ranked last in the Southeastern Conference. In 2009, Lockett was one of the team's best pass rushers, with 10 tackles for a loss and five sacks.
Lockett is not going through spring workouts while rehabbing his injured knee. Team spokesman Kyle Campbell confirmed Lockett received the waiver.