Last week, wideout Quintez Cephus was reinstated to the University of Wisconsin after being acquitted of sexual assault charges earlier this month.
Today, the NCAA granted Cephus eligibility, meaning he will be able to play in games for Wisconsin this fall. Cephus took to Twitter to announce the news, saying he is incredibly grateful to be eligible to return to the field with his teammates.
The announcement was confirmed by a UW official, which means Cephus will be able to play as soon as next week. After his reinstatement as a student, Cephus returned to the football team in practice, but had not yet been ruled eligible to play in games.
How the NCAA would handle the situation was hard to know, but the governing body made their decision and granted Cephus his eligibility. It has been quite an eventful couple of months for the Badgers wideout, but it appears the steps have been taken to get him back to playing football.
Quintez Cephus returns to practice: pic.twitter.com/oLRTsSehjF— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 21, 2019
Cephus last played in 2017, hauling in 30 receptions for 501 yards and 6 touchdowns before going down with a leg injury. He returned the following season, but was dismissed from the team and later expelled from UW after the allegations were filed.
Now more than a year later, he will return to the classroom and the football field for the Badgers. He often proclaimed all he wanted to do was be a student and play football again, and now he will get the opportunity to do so.
What to expect from Cephus as a football player is hard to say, but now it will be in the his hands and the coaching staff to make the decision on when he returns. He was a tremendous player before, and I am sure he is ready to make an impact again in 2019.