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FAU wide receiver DeAndre Richardson is sitting out the 2012 season with an ankle injury. (Owl Access File Photo)

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Looking to future

FAU receiver DeAndre Richardson will appeal to the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility after his ankle injury in the spring kept him from playing this season.

Originally published on 11/21/2012

by Marcus Nelson

BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic wide receiver DeAndre Richardson plans to apply for an extra year of eligibility after missing the entire 2012 season with an ankle injury.

Richardson, who was one of the Owls top receivers in 2011, had to have surgery following a gruesome ankle injury during spring practice.

Richardson, a redshirt junior, participated in portions of practice during the fall and was making enough progress that it was thought Richardson might attempt to play in a game. He traveled to away games and dressed out, but never saw action.

However, by not playing he can petition the NCAA to receive a medical hardship waiver for this season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

“There's no guarantee he would get to play, but if we played him now, there would be no way.” FAU coach Pelini said. “He decided to take the chance by not playing in a game.”

Richardson's 32 catches led the team in 2011 and his 269 receiving yards was second on the team.

Time to give thanks: With no game on Saturday, the Owls will take a few days off for Thanksgiving and will report back to the Oxley Center on Sunday.,

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