The NCAA's Student-Athlete Reinstatement Staff granted Tennessee football player Chuck Prugh an extension of his five-year clock, making the Maryville native eligible for the 2004 season.
This week's ruling came in response to the unusual medical circumstances Prugh suffered last season, missing the final 10 games of the year.
Student-athletes have five years to complete four years of eligibility.
The NCAA committee categorized Prugh's situation as circumstances of extraordinary or extreme hardship. Prugh was hospitalized Sept. 26 for 22 days, and then spent another nine days at a rehabilitation center before continuing his recovery at home.
At the time of his illness, Prugh had gained a solid hold on the backup center position behind Scott Wells.