Penn State Football: Tight End, Now Offensive Tackle, Gary Gilliam Granted Sixth Year of Eligibility
It has been a busy week for tight end-turned-offensive tackle Gary Gilliam, who, according to a university press release, has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.
A tight end during the 2010 and 2012 seasons, Gilliam suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at Iowa in 2010, and an infection then delayed his surgery and rehabilitation. Gilliam missed the entire 2011 campaign.
“I’m very excited to be able to continue to help Penn State and to be a part of such an important period in our history,” stated Gilliam in the release. He will be eligible to play during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
The Nittany Lions return three tight ends from 2012 — Kyle Carter, Jesse James, Matt Lehman — who combined for 75 receptions, 1,025 yards and 10 touchdowns. On the offensive line 2012-13 starters tackle Mike Farrell and center Matt Stankiewitch have graduated. Giliam is now listed at 6-foot-6, 290 pounds per a university spokesperson.