Miami Hurricanes Sep 8, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; A Miami Hurricanes fan holds a school logo sign during the first half against the Savannah State Tigers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Hurricanes tight end Cam McCormick is in the midst of his eighth college football season. And he is now trying petition to the ACC for a ninth year next season.

College football players are traditionally only in college for four seasons if they finish out their schooling at the program. A fifth-year sometimes happens when a player attempts to go to another school as a grad transfer.

Eight years is something else entirely, and it was actually a stroke of some pretty horrible luck that led McCormick to this point.

McCormick began his career at Oregon, where he was redshirted in 2016. He then played a year in all 13 games in 2017 before getting injured in the first game of 2018 which granted him a medical redshirt. That injury ended up costing him both the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

He then returned for the 2021 and 2022 seasons before transferring to Miami for his official senior season at the program. McCormick told reporters on Tuesday that he is petitioning to the ACC for a ninth year of eligibility in 2024.

If McCormick is indeed granted this ninth year of eligibility, he will be 26 years old by the time he plays his final college football snap, obviously far older than the typical college player.

It’s certainly hard to fault him considering the implementation of NIL deals in college sports…

[Adam Lichtenstein on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.