During his seven years at Oregon, tight end Cam McCormick, was on the sideline for almost three of them due to injury.
Now at Miami, the 25-year-old filed a petition with the ACC on Tuesday in hopes of receiving a ninth year of eligibility for the 2024 season.
McCormick is currently tied with Northern Illinois’ Kyle Pugh for the longest college football career in FBS history, with a potential ninth season rewriting the college football history books.
“It was accepted in the PAC-12, but for the ACC. I have to re-petition for it,” McCormick told the South Florida SunSentinel. “So that’s in the works right now to see if I’ll be able to get it or not.”
McCormick redshirted his freshman year with the Ducks in 2016, getting in 13 games the following season and earning Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.
He was sidelined after breaking his ankle during the first game of his sophomore season in 2018, forcing him to undergo multiple surgeries and lots of rehabilitation — and missing the entire 2019 season, as well.
McCormick and teammate Young celebrating after a touchdown.Getty Images
He was granted a sixth and seventh season by the NCAA, though his return was delayed further by the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
His 2021 season, as a sixth-year senior, was ended early due to an injury after starting the first two games.
McCormick finally made a full return to the field in his seventh season, playing all 13 games for Oregon last year, catching 10 passes for 66 yards and three touchdowns.
Cam McCormick’s college football journey began at Oregon back in 2016.Getty Images
“It was tough, missing all that time,” McCormick said in March. “You start to feel separated from the team, being injured and kind of away doing your own kind of rehab. That was when I took some time to myself to be with my family and kind of just rehab at a slow pace and just wanted to get back to be fully healthy.
He finished his Ducks tenure with 20 catches for 197 yards and four touchdowns, with one of those scores coming in a historic upset of Ohio State in 2021.
Now listed as a redshirt senior on Miami’s 2023-24 season roster, McCormick says the why is more important than the how.
McCormick is already tied for the longest NCAA football career in history.TNS
“I love playing football. I love being part of a team. And obviously, my why: my family, my best friend who passed away last year,” McCormick told the SunSentinel. “When things are getting tough, I tell myself why I’m doing it and who I’m doing it for. To have that opportunity at the next level and live out my dream that I’ve had since a little kid.”
In his eighth season, he has two catches for 28 yards this season for the 3-0 Hurricanes.
“On the field you’re in your own zone,” McCormick told 247Sports. “At the end of the day, we’re just playing football.”