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LSU safety John Battle has been granted a fifth year of eligibility and has been reclassified as a redshirt junior, according to multiple reports.

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Battle, who is expected to start at safety this upcoming season, was given the extra year by the NCAA to make up for his freshman season in 2014 which was cut short due to an injury. Per The Advocate:

Battle has been reclassified as a redshirt junior; this was supposed to be his senior year. Battle played in only one game — Game 2 against Sam Houston State — in 2014. He received a medical hardship for that season, the school confirmed. A player can receive a redshirt for medical reasons if he was injured in the first half of the season and only participated in one-third of his team's games.
Battle missed the LSU's spring game with a hip injury but is expected to be ready for the start of camp on July 31.
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themunch84 months
Glad for him and hope he shows out this year.
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Lexman184 months
Great news for this year and possibly next. Can mentor the younger guys while contributing as a starter and upper classman! A great situation!
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TigerAlum9384 months
So happy for John, great guy and player!
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