Heaney hurt shoulder in first game this season

Updated: February 14, 2004, 12:25 AM ET
Associated Press

PROVO, Utah -- Brigham Young cornerback Brandon Heaney was awarded an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA Friday because of a shoulder injury that limited him to one game last season.

Heaney dislocated his right shoulder in the season opener against Georgia Tech and did not play again. Heaney, who missed the end of the 2002 season with an injury to his left shoulder that also required surgery, had his right shoulder operated on in September and applied for a medical hardship from the NCAA.

Heaney said he was lifting weights when he got the news from BYU athletic director Val Hale.

"Val shook my hand and said, 'You must be living right.' He had a big grin on his face," Heaney said. "It's exciting to know that I have a chance to end what I started here."

Heaney started eight games as a junior, finishing with three interceptions and 34 tackles. He has been cleared to practice with the Cougars when they open spring drills March 15.

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