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QB Padron cleared to play at Eastern

Quarterback Kyle Padron confirmed Wednesday night that he has been approved for a medical hardship that paves the way for him to play two years for Eastern Washington University.

“It’s a big relief and a huge weight off my shoulder,” the former Southern Methodist quarterback said by telephone from Dallas. “Now I can’t wait to get ready for the season.”

That will start today, when Padron and his parents plan to fly to Cheney to, “hopefully find an apartment and check everything out.”

Padron plans to enroll in summer classes at EWU, then participate in fall camp.

Eastern Washington is prohibited from commenting until Padron is enrolled in classes.

The Big Sky Conference approved Padron’s petition Wednesday afternoon. Padron suffered a herniated disc while lifting weights.

Because he played only a few snaps last year for SMU, he applied for the medical hardship.

“I just want to win and put my team in the best situation to win,” said Padron, who visited Eastern with his mother this winter. “I talked with the players, and they got a taste of a championship and really want to win.”

The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Padron set SMU passing records in 2010 with 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns, but lost the starting position to J.J. McDermott. Former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert has since transferred to SMU.

Padron started 21 games for SMU in 2009 and 2010.

Padron said he will major in business, either in marketing or management.