Extra eligibility benefits fifth-year seniors, and Tigers by extension

By , Daily Memphian Published: September 03, 2021 5:51 PM CT
<strong>Memphis tight end Sean Dykes (right, dodging a tackle by SMU in Dallas on Oct. 3, 2020), will be returning to play for the Tigers this season as a fifth-year senior. He&rsquo;s among&nbsp;seven players listed as fifth-year seniors after being granted an extra year due to the pandemic.</strong>&nbsp;(Associated Press file)

Memphis tight end Sean Dykes (right, dodging a tackle by SMU in Dallas on Oct. 3, 2020), will be returning to play for the Tigers this season as a fifth-year senior. He’s among seven players listed as fifth-year seniors after being granted an extra year due to the pandemic. (Associated Press file)

The Tigers are entering the 2021 season with a veteran presence in the locker room that is unprecedented.

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Frank Bonner II

Frank Bonner II

Frank Bonner originally is from Indiana but comes to Memphis by way of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He spent the past two years writing for the Tulsa World covering Oklahoma State University athletics. He credits his early writing experience to his days as a high school sports reporter for the Republic Newspaper in Columbus, Indiana, and various internships, including at the NCAA and USA Basketball. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and his Master’s degree in Sports Journalism from IUPUI in Indianapolis.


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