According to a Facebook post from Jacqueline McMillon, the mother of University of Alabama linebacker Joshua McMillon, her son will make use of the medical hardship waiver granted to him and play a sixth year for UA in 2020.

McMillon was on track to start at inside linebacker for UA in 2019 when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in preseason practice. He was a redshirt senior at the time, but applied for a medical hardship waiver and got it. When he was notified that his waiver was approved, he had not yet made the decision that he would use that waiver.

The approval of McMillon’s waiver, and his decision to use it, gives UA the experience at linebacker it thought it would have in 2019 before injuries. Shane Lee and Christian Harris — two true freshmen — started at the pivotal position in 2019, but the return of McMillon and Dylan Moses for his senior season give UA the experience it needs at that position.

The news comes after a day that saw UA lose Tua Tagovailoa and Henry Ruggs III to the 2020 NFL Draft, but retain wide receiver DeVonta Smith.

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