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Auburn Tigers’ Shon Coleman Granted Sixth Year of Eligibility After Battle With Leukemia

Auburn Tigers offensive lineman Shon Coleman has been granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. Coleman has not played the previous two seasons because of an ongoing battle with leukemia.

This is great news for Shon, who has been through a lot medically during the last few years,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said. “He has been courageous in his fight and we look forward to him returning to the football field. We’re also very appreciative of the NCAA staff for their understanding of his situation and granting him his sixth year.”

Coleman was originally diagnosed with leukemia in the spring of 2010.

It is great to see the young man fight hard to get through his illness and it was an incredible gesture by the NCAA to allow a sixth year of eligibility. Coleman has been through a lot and he has never given up. Hopefully he can live out his dream as a college football player after all of his hard work.

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