Mark Stoops got some good news about his defensive troops for the upcoming 2020 season. Defensive lineman Phil Hoskins has been granted a sixth-year waiver by the NCAA, allowing him to play another year in Lexington.

Hoskins shared the big news with his Twitter followers on Wednesday afternoon:

“My 6th-year extension waiver has been approved and I am excited to announce my return,” Hoskins wrote. “Thank you @NCAA, our training staff and @ukcompliance for all of the work they did to get me this opportunity. Being injured has been very frustrating and draining but on the bright side I am also happy to say I’ll be graduating in May and I can’t wait to get back on the field this fall with my brothers! #BBN”

Entering the 2019 season, Hoskins was expected to be a key piece on the Wildcats defensive line. Hoskins missed UK’s first two games due to an academic-related suspension and then suffered a knee injury during warmups ahead of Kentucky’s third game.

In 2018, when Mark Stoops’ squad went 10-3, Hoskins appeared in every game, accumulating 21 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, posting a career-high four tackles in the Texas A&M game.