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October 5, 2011In August, offensive lineman Cameron Fordham made the choice to leave LSU and transfer to NC State. Fordham had redshirted his true freshman year last fall at LSU, and because the NCAA makes transfers sit out a year before playing, Fordham knew there was a chance he would go two years without playing football games.
"I was definitely prepared to sit out this year and give the defense a good look on scout team," Fordham said. "I didn't expect to play this season."
Fordham, with the help of NCSU's compliance department, appealed to be eligible to play this fall for the Pack. He watched State play four games from the sidelines, and was approaching game five last Friday, when around 5 p.m., sudden news came.
His appeal was granted. Fordham was eligible to play right away.
"I was shocked," Fordham admitted. "I first called my dad and told him, and he was excited. It was a real shock, good thing though, a good thing.
"After I found out I went straight to the facility. I was caught off guard. I just really want to appreciate compliance for really giving a good effort on helping to get eligible this season."
Fordham declined to discuss the specifics of the appeal, but he was grateful for the final verdict.
"The good thing is that it went through and I appreciate the NCAA cooperating," Fordham said.
Now eligible, Fordham, listed at 6-foot-3, 281 pounds, has quickly found his way on the NC State depth chart. He is listed as the second string center behind junior Camden Wentz.
"I just want to help this team out anyway I can," Fordham said. "I really just want to see the field and help the team win a ballgame."
Last Saturday against No. 21 Georgia Tech was the first time that Fordham donned the No. 50 red jersey and ran out of the tunnel with the team knowing that he is on the active roster. He admitted it felt a little different.
"It did, but it was a good feeling," he noted. "I love it up here. It's going to work out good."
Fordham enrolled at NC State in August. He faced a quick transition as he started classes almost as soon as he arrived and began practicing with a team full of strangers.
The process has helped Fordham go through a maturation period of sorts.
"I had to grow up a little bit," Fordham admitted. "It was a different place, obviously. It really worked out. Coaches have been great. They have been awesome with the transition, [and] the academic support people have helped."
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