Syracuse football safety Antwan Cordy was officially granted a medical redshirt from the NCAA on Thursday, he announced on Twitter.
Cordy injured his forearm in the second half of Syracuse’s 62-28 loss to Louisville in mid-September. The junior defensive back was forced to undergo season-ending surgery less than a week later. He will now have two more years of eligibility.
Just got some great news it's official the NCAA gave me my year back . Now I have 2 more years at Syracuse. It's On Now pic.twitter.com/5R1xC5ifbb— Antwan (@CordyKidd8) February 23, 2017
Cordy previously said he expected to receive a medical redshirt as he had played in less than 30 percent of Syracuse’s games last season (he only appeared in SU’s first two contests).
At the time, Orange football coach Dino Babers said the injury could potentially be a blessing in disguise, as Cordy will now have more time to learn Babers’ Tampa-2 defense.
“With Antwan, we’re going to be able to get a redshirt year for him, which means now we now get number eight back the second and third year of this system,” Babers said. “That’s a blessing. Everything happens for a reason – and that’s what I told him.”
The 5’8”, 175-pound Cordy is arguably Syracuse’s best returning defensive back, especially after former cornerback Corey Winfield elected to transfer to West Virginia.
As a sophomore, Cordy started all 12 games at safety for Syracuse, finishing second on the team with 68 tackles and setting the school record for tackles for a loss by a defensive back with 12. He also recorded two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
While Cordy will be Syracuse’s most experienced defensive back, the position group will feature plenty of competition. In addition to Cordy, junior Daivon Ellison, redshirt junior Rodney Williams and junior Kielan Whitner also all saw time at safety last season – and all will be returning next season. Sophomore Evan Foster will also attempt to earn more playing time, as will newcomer JUCO transfer and former Notre Dame safety Mykelti Williams.