Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty has been granted a sixth year of eligibility, the school announced on Wednesday.

Doughty, who leads the nation in total passing yards (4,344) and touchdowns (44), appeared in only four games between 2011 and 2012.

"My time at WKU has been very special and I am looking forward to the opportunity to come back for my sixth year to build on what we've started this season," Doughty said in a news release. "Having to deal with injuries for two seasons was really tough and I never would have made it through without my faith in God and the support from my coaches, teammates and the athletic department staff. The players in that locker room are like brothers to me, and I am blessed to get to go through one more season with them."