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NCAA Grants Damian Copeland A 6th Year Of Eligibility

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville fans may not have seen the last of Honey Mustard inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The NCAA has granted U of L wide receiver Damian Copeland a medical hardship waiver, giving him a sixth year of eligibility. Though he participated in Saturday's senior day festivities, Copeland now has the option to return for one more season with the Cardinals, a decision he says he'll make after Louisville's bowl game.

Copeland was saddled with injuries his first three years at Louisville. He suffered a fractured foot his freshman year and then a torn meniscus which forced him to miss U of L's 2010 Beef 'O Brady's Bowl victory. A hamstring injury then forced him to miss nearly all of the 2011 season.

Since then, Copeland has become a star at U of L, as well as one of the team's most recognized personalities. He led the 2012 Cards in receptions with 50, and finished the season with 628 yards and two scores, including a touchdown in Louisville's Sugar Bowl win over Florida. Through 11 weeks this season, he ranks as U of L's leader in receptions (42) and receiving yards (600), and is tied for the second-most touchdown catches (4).

Suffice it to say, this is (potentially) some very, very good news.