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Medical redshirt not an option for Van Dyke

November 20, 2001

Senior quarterback Ryan Van Dyke announced Monday that he won’t pursue the possibility of being granted a medical redshirt to play next year.

Van Dyke, who broke his jaw Oct. 20 at Minnesota, made his decision after MSU investigated the issue and reported back to him, Assistant Athletics Director John Lewandowski said.

His freshman season Van Dyke was forced to fill in for former quarterback Bill Burke, who was recovering from a concussion. Van Dyke’s time on the field as a freshman exceeded the amount of time allowed to be granted a redshirt.

“There’s no previous precedent for someone playing in the last half of the season (and getting a redshirt),” Lewandowski said. “Our compliance people looked into it and brought the facts back to coach (Bobby) Williams and Ryan, and there was no basis to pursue that additional year.”

Van Dyke said he made the decision because he thinks it’s time to move on.

“It’s been a tough four years,” Van Dyke said. “For all the hard work, I haven’t got the payback I’ve expected. I realized that if (the quarterback situation) was up in the air this year, it would be even more up in the air next year, especially with the new kids coming in.”

But Van Dyke said he isn’t done with football yet.

“I don’t think my football career is over by any means,” he said.

Van Dyke has been participating in noncontact drills the last couple weeks and could possibly be healthy for a bowl game.

He’s being evaluated on a weekly basis and could be cleared for contact drills as early as the middle of next week, Lewandowski said.

“He’s been focusing on making it work so he can finish on his terms, rather than in Minnesota,” Lewandowski said.

Although Van Dyke isn’t pursuing a redshirt, Williams said senior cornerback DeMario Suggs will. Suggs broke his left ankle in a practice Oct. 4 during the bye week.

MSU’s latest season-ending injury came Saturday against Purdue when freshman fullback Jason Bradley sprained his right knee.


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