The NCAA denied Notre Dame safety Jamoris Slaughter a sixth year of eligibility, the university announced Thursday.
Slaughter ruptured his Achilles tendon in a 20-3 victory at Michigan State on Sept. 15 and missed the final 10 games last season. He also sat out his freshman season in 2008.
I understood that a sixth year was far from a guarantee, Slaughter said in a statement.
It is sad to know that my time at Notre Dame as a football player is complete, but it doesnt lessen my love for this university and its football program.
This decision simply begins the next chapter of my life, and Ill be forever grateful for my coaches, teammates and all the Irish fans that supported me throughout my career.
Slaughter, a 6-foot, 200-pounder from Stone Mountain, Ga., played in 39 games at Notre Dame, making 19 starts. He had 98 tackles and two interceptions with the Irish.
Slaughter graduated in May 2012 with a degree in industrial design. He has been invited to the NFL combine, which runs Feb. 23-26 in Indianapolis.
I appreciate the NCAA taking the time to thoroughly look into Jamoris application for a sixth year, Irish coach Brian Kelly said. Jamoris is a first-class young man and most importantly leaves Notre Dame with his degree. We wish him all the best as he now pursues his dream of playing in the NFL.
Even though the Irish lose Slaughter and the graduated Zeke Motta at safety, the team has plenty of options to fill the void.
Sophomore Matthias Farley, a converted receiver who took over as a starter for Slaughter, returns as does, safety Nicky Baratti, who played in 13 games as a freshman. Junior safety Austin Collinsworth is expected to return from a shoulder injury that kept him out last season.
The Irish can also turn to sophomore Eliar Hardy and incoming freshman Max Redfield, among others, to fill the safety position.