Southern announced Wednesday that offensive lineman Reginald Redding is academically eligible for the rest of the season and was in good standing when he played against Northwestern State last Saturday.
Redding, who sat out the first two games of the season while awaiting recertification after his initial certification was revoked, said Tuesday that he was told a day earlier that he was supposed to have been held out of last week’s game and was awaiting another recertification. Three other starters — defensive backs Kevin King, D’Andre Woodland and Dionte McDuffy — were held out at the last minute due to certification concerns.
The university media advisory released on Wednesday said, in part: “A misinterpretation of a conversation involving the student-athlete and the SU compliance officer Monday resulted in the student-athlete’s comments to a reporter that he believed he was not eligible to play. Redding was cleared to play in the game against Northwestern State.”
Redding, who practiced with the scout team Tuesday, worked with the first team at left tackle for much of practice Wednesday evening. Coach Dawson Odums said after practice that he wasn’t sure if Redding would start, but he will play a lot at Prairie View on Saturday.
King, Woodland and McDuffy remain unavailable to play in games even though they played in the first two games.