Notre Dame senior defensive lineman Tony Springmann's college career is over, coach Brian Kelly announced Friday.
Springmann, who had two seasons of eligibility remaining, appeared in 13 games and recorded 11 tackles as a reserve in 2012 but missed the entire 2013 season due to a knee injury.
The Fort Wayne, In., native had reportedly worked his way back from that injury, but Springmann was unable to overcome a lingering back issue, according to reports.
From the South Bend Tribune:
“He'll still stay involved in the program,” Kelly said. “Tony has done a great job of mentoring a lot of our younger players in the program.”
Notre Dame, ranked 17th in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, opens the 2014 season Aug. 30 against Rice.
- Chris Johnson