The Texas Tech football program received good news Friday when offensive tackle Rashad Fortenberry was granted a medical hardship waiver that restores his senior-year status and puts him back on the team for 2014.
Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Tech was notified Friday morning that the Big 12 Conference had approved the waiver, which was based on Fortenberry’s missing most of the 2012 season with a back injury.
Fortenberry finally shook a string of injuries and started all 13 games at right tackle last season.
Getting Fortenberry back solves a question mark because the Red Raiders have no proven player behind him. The other options are junior Matt Wilson, sophomore Trey Keenan and redshirt freshman Poet Thomas.
Wilson was out at the end of the season with a broken foot, and line coach Lee Hays said Wilson recently has had recurring problems with the right knee on which he had ACL surgery just before the 2012 season. Keenan, at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, has had a hard time keeping his weight up. And Thomas is a big body at 6-5 and 320, but young and raw.
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