MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota strong safety Kim Royston has been awaiting for the football season to start for a long time.

Royston has returned to the lineup after sitting out last year because of a broken left leg. He was granted a rare sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA because of his medical hardship.

Royston says he began feeling full strength again this summer after first injuring himself during spring practice in 2010. New head coach Jerry Kill says he’s relying on Royston a lot for his leadership.

The Gophers play at USC on Saturday.

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