A graduate transfer punter seeking to play at Mississippi State has been denied an eligibility waiver.

Bulldogs coach Joe Moorhead was asked about the status of Corliss Waitman in a post-practice press conference on Friday.

“Corliss had his waiver for a sixth year of eligibility denied through the NCAA,” Moorhead told reporters. “Right now, he is not with us. He is with his family right now exploring some options. Once we find out more on that, we will let you know.”

Waitman signed with Mississippi State as a graduate transfer in February. He was classified as a senior in 2018 at South Alabama and participated in the school’s senior day, but expected to be granted a sixth year of eligibility after suffering a season-ending injury during his 2015 redshirt season. Waitman averaged 42.7 yards per punt during his South Alabama career, including a school-record 45.7 yards per punt in 2017. Waitman appeared in Week 1 and Week 3 of South Alabama’s 2015 season.