CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On an team chock-full of fifth-year seniors, Travis Carrie's Ohio career goes back to 2008.
The Stone Age, as far as that locker room goes.
"I get a lot of 'old' jokes these days," the cornerback said, with a laugh.
Carrie, a 5-foot-111/2 native of Antioch, Calif., was granted a sixth year by the NCAA. He redshirted in 2009, in what would have been his sophomore season, and took a medical redshirt last year when he reinjured his right shoulder just before the start of the season.
He had his labrum repaired by doctors associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he made the most of his rehabilitation period. He cranked up his class load, picked up his bachelor's degree in sports administration and went far enough in graduate school to be able to finish that this fall. He will earn his master's in coaching education.
And he got another chance to play college football.
"It was another year to play under the lights, get more experience, more maturity and learn a lot more," he said. "So I think the sixth year will benefit me more than I would have thought."
He isn't a bit player in an experienced secondary, either. He was an All-Mid-American Conference selection by Phil Steele in 2010, and won second-team honors by Steele and by league coaches in 2011. Among his accomplishments that year was a two-interception night against Marshall.
He gets his third and final chance at the Thundering Herd on Saturday at Peden Stadium, with kickoff at 8 p.m.