Notre Dame junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt announced Wednesday that he plans on returning for his senior season, reports the Observer, Notre Dame's student newspaper.
Tuitt, listed at 6-foot-6 and 322 pounds, has recorded 18 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks for the Fighting Irish (4-2) this season. He also has seven quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.
"I’m coming back next year," Tuitt said. "I’m a junior. I still have one year."
He had a huge 2012 season, helping the Irish reach the National Championship game. He had 47 tackles and 12 sacks a year ago.
STAPLES: Elite teams pulling away from the pack after Week 7 Tuitt was thought to be a first-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is rated as high as No. 14 according to a Scouts, Inc. list of the top 32 prospects in the country.