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Miller Petitions for Extra Year

UMass tight end Ricardo Miller/Andy Heller for the Maroon Musket

Ricardo Miller, a tight end who transferred to UMass from Michigan, is petitioning for another year of eligibility, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.

Miller is already going through the NCAA-mandated process. However, neither source could say what his strategy is going forward.

"I'm not exactly sure what Ricardo's case to the NCAA is. I just know it's got a chance," one source said.

Both sources opted to remain anonymous due to the "sensitivity of the process."

Miller transferred to UMass from Michigan under an NCAA rule that allows players to switch schools without taking a year off if they: 1) finish their undergraduate degree, 2) are pursuing a graduate degree at the new institution, and 3) have a year of eligibility left.

Typically this rule applies to fifth-year transfers - those who completed a four-year degree, redshirted and still have a fifth year of eligibility remaining. Miller, however, is more of a fourth-year transfer.

Miller excelled in the classroom at the University of Michigan and graduated after only three years. Whether or not that has any bearing on his petition to the NCAA is unclear.

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