University of Cincinnati senior quarterback Brendon Kay (Marine City, Mich./Marine City) was granted a sixth year of eligibility Monday after the NCAA approved his request for an extension of eligibility waiver.
Kay, who suffered multiple injuries during his first four seasons at Cincinnati, missed participation opportunities in both 2008 and 2011. Based on contemporaneous medical documentation and the granting of a medical hardship waiver for the 2011 season by the conference office, the NCAA staff approved the granting of a sixth year of eligibility for Kay to utilize during the 2013-14 season.
"I'm excited," Kay said. "I can't thank Maggie McKinley and Bob Mangine enough for their efforts in helping me through this process. This University has given me so much and I'm grateful for the opportunity."
Kay earned a bachelor's degree in health education during the spring of 2012 and is working towards a master's in business administration.
Kay has played in 10 games for UC this year, starting the last four at quarterback and helping to lead UC to a 3-1 record in those games and the team's fourth BIG EAST Conference title in five years. He is 70-of-113 for 966 yards and six touchdowns. He has averaged 6.1 yards per carry on 38 rushes, tallying 230 yards and adding a pair of touchdowns.
Entering the season, he was limited to six career games due to injury.
He is scheduled to start the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27, 2012 as the Bearcats take on Duke in Charlotte, N.C.