San Diego State announced Thursday that football student-athlete Jake Fely has been granted a sixth-year waiver request by the NCAA. The waiver will allow Fely, who will now be classified athletically as a junior, to compete in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Fely has appeared in 33 games over his career with 30 starts, registering 170 tackles (114 solo), 20 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. An Oceanside, Calif., native, Fely was a second-team all-Mountain West selection in his last full season in 2012, where he had 90 tackles, while leading the Aztecs in TFL (11.5), sacks (7) and forced fumbles (2), and adding two fumble recoveries. He started all 13 games that year as SDSU won its 19th conference title.

In 2012, Fely became the only Rocky Long coached player in the last 14 seasons to record at least two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, 10 tackles for loss and 90 tackles in a single season.

Last season, Fely had 20 tackles (15 solos), 1.5 TFL, one sack and a PBU before going down with a season-ending injury in the fourth game of the year at New Mexico State. Prior to the season, Fely was on the Bednarik Award Watch List (Defensive Player of the Year) and Lombardi Award Watch List (Top Lineman), and was a preseason first-team selection by the MW media, Athlon Sports, Phil Steele and Sporting News.