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Nevada cornerback E.J. Muhammad granted a sixth season of eligibility

E.J. Muhammad
E.J. Muhammad is returning in 2020. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Nevada cornerback E.J. Muhammad has been granted a sixth season of eligibility, he announced Wednesday.

Muhammad was eligible for a sixth season because he redshirted his first year on campus at the discretion of the coaching staff before missing all but two games during his junior year in 2018 due to a season-ending shoulder surgery.

Muhammad, who has 18 career starts, gives Nevada an experienced returning cornerback. The team is losing its top cornerback, Daniel Brown, to graduation. If Muhammad had not received the additional year, Nevada would have returned just four starts among returning cornerbacks (all by junior Berdale Robins).

A 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from DeSoto, Texas, Muhammad has appeared in 27 career games. He has 91 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, with nine pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Muhammad had his most productive season last year. Appearing in 12 games, Muhammad had 58 tackles with six pass breakups. Both were career highs.

Muhammad's return gives Nevada six returning starters on defense, including defensive end Dom Peterson, linebacker Lawson Hall and defensive backs Austin Arnold, Emany Johnson and Tyson Williams. Defensive linemen Sam Hammond, Chris Green and Kameron Toomer and defensive backs Jordan Lee and Mar’Quette Jackson also have some starting experience.

The defense will be under the direction of new coordinator Brian Ward, who replaces Jeff Casteel. The Wolf Pack is planning on running a more aggressive man-to-man defense in 2020.

Nevada begins spring practice March 24.

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