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Notre Dame dismissed 4 players from program

Notre Dame dismissed 4 players from program

Linebacker Te'Von Coney and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery are both returning to Notre Dame for their senior seasons, the program confirmed tonight. Tillery finished sixth on the Irish in tackles, with 56, and was a disruptive presence all season up front for the Irish defense.

Northern Illinois (9-9, 2-3) came in with the stingiest defense in the MAC, but that was no match for the conference's top scoring team. Notre Dame's head coach released the following statement.

Notre Dame needed a bit of good news after a week and a half span in which they lost their defensive coordinator to A&M in a money grab, lost one of the best offensive line coaches in the game to the National Football League, and reportedly will have to fit off Alabama to keep its hot shot young offensive coordinator. Coney only made seven starts but produced 116 tackles, including 17 in the Citrus Bowl win over LSU.

Elko did a solid job improving the Fighting Irish defensively after a awful 2016 season, which resulted in the firing of Brian VanGorder. The Bulls beat the Huskies for a 13th straight time and have won five straight games by double digits, something they hadn't done since the 2003-04 season. Notre Dame allowed Southern Cal and NC State 14 points each during a solid home stretch in late October. There will be a lot of continuity with the Irish defense this spring.

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However, Stepherson was also the player who faced the most disciplinary issues with the team. It's rare for a nose tackle to lead a team in pressures, but Tillery did it. Coney played mostly the BUCK position but in 2018, it seems likely that Coney moves over to the MIKE to replace Nyles Morgan. Lea is expected to keep the same defense in place.

The appeal of Notre Dame, with its storied tradition of producing tight ends that ultimately play professionally resonated with Takacs, followig a standout career at Gulf Coast High School in Naples, Fla.

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Last month, linebacker Drue Tranquill also announced he would be returning for 2018. It's too bad Mike Elko chose to take a little extra cash at A&M, he is going to miss out on coaching one heck of a defense next fall.