McEvilly granted sixth year of eligibility

The NCAA announced Thursday that Northwestern defensive lineman Sean McEvilly would be eligible to return for the 2015 season after he missed all of the 2014 with what multiple sources are calling a foot injury.

After a successful 2012 season in which he started the last 10 games and recorded 20 tackles, McEvilly was expected to be a starter for the Wildcats in 2013. But a foot injury limited him to just five games that season.

Northwestern had hoped McEvilly could provide a boost to a defensive tackle position that was expected to be a weakness of the Wildcat defense in 2014. This announcement means McEvilly will join WR Christian Jones as players who missed 2014 but will return next season.