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January 13, 2014
Hayes Granted Sixth Year of Eligibility
Brandon Hayes, who led the University of Memphis with 860 rushing yards in 2013, has had a waiver for a sixth year of eligibility approved by the NCAA.
"We're excited to have Brandon returning for another season," said Memphis head coach Justin Fuente. "Not only do we get back our leading rusher from the past two seasons, but Brandon's experience and leadership will be an asset for our younger players as we continue to build."
Hayes began his collegiate career as a walkon at the University of Memphis and returned to the U of M after playing his sophomore season at Scottsdale Community College.
Prior to transferring to Scottsdale Community College, Hayes had a productive spring as a walkon at Memphis in 2010 before suffering a knee injury in the Blue-Gray Game. He would transfer to Scottsdale Community College prior to the 2011 season.
During the 2013 season, Hayes also caught 20 passes for 119 yards and scored seven touchdowns during the season. At the conclusion of the season he was named the DeAngelo Williams Most Valuable Player and the Isaac Bruce Offensive Player of the Year by his Tiger teammates.
Hayes did not see any playing time at Memphis until the fourth game of the 2012 season. He went on to lead the Tigers with 576 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He was also named the Isaac Bruce Offensive Player of the Year following the 2012 season.
In two playing seasons, Hayes has rushed for 1436 yards which ranks 16th all-time at Memphis.