Published: May 10, 2019

Jake Hartbarger, Brandon Sowards receive sixth year of eligibility from NCAA

Contact(s): Matt Larson Athletics office: (517) 355-2271

MSU punter Jake Hartbarger and wide receiver Brandon Sowards have each been granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA for the 2019 season.

Hartbarger injured his right leg in the second game of the 2018 season at Arizona State on Sept. 8 and was forced to miss the remainder of the year. A three-year starter, Hartbarger entered the season as a candidate for the Ray Guy Award. Hartbarger's injury led to MSU starting four punters in 2018, the most of any team in the FBS, and a total of five Spartans punted.