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LSU defensive end Pittman granted sixth year of eligibility

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU defensive end Kirston Pittman was
granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, the school
announced on Monday.

Pittman, who missed all the Tigers' 2005 and 2006 seasons with
foot and ankle injuries, formally applied for an extension in early
January. After reviewing Pittman's documentation, the NCAA granted
the additional year of eligibility.

"Kirston is very deserving of this ruling after what he's been
through as far as injuries are concerned during his LSU career,"
coach Les Miles said. "He's very fortunate that there's a good
rule in place that allows a guy who has missed extensive time with
injuries the opportunity to get a year back."

Pittman signed with the Tigers in February 2003 and saw action
in 13 games as a freshman during LSU's run to the national title
that year. Pittman played in 12 games as a sophomore in 2004 before
missing the next two seasons because of injuries.

Pittman returned to the field in 2007 to again help lead the
Tigers to a national title. He started all 14 games for LSU this
past season, leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss.

Pittman, who earned his college diploma in December, is one of
five returning starters on the defense.