Notre Dame Running Back Trevor Speights Goes On Medical Scholarship

Bryan Driskell

Running back Trevor Speights' Notre Dame career is over before it began, as the program announced the graduate transfer was going on a medical scholarship.

Notre Dame announced that Speights, wide receiver Isaiah Robertson and offensive lineman Cole Mabry would all be going on medical scholarships after being medically disqualified from playing.

Speights missed two seasons with injuries while at Stanford, including the 2019 season due to a knee injury. In two other injury riddled seasons he ran for just 363 yards and one touchdown. The hope for Notre Dame was that he would get healthy and regain his high school form.

Speights was a three-star back according to the major recruiting services, but he had excellent high school film. Speights rushed for 3,180 yards (14.0 YPC) and 50 touchdowns as a senior for McAllen (Texas) Memorial. Speights rushed for over 2,000 yards and over 20 touchdowns as a junior and sophomore as well, finishing his career with 9,868 yards (10.2 YPC) and 116 touchdowns.

Notre Dame now has five scholarship backs left on the roster. Senior Jafar Armstrong is now the veteran of the group, but he's had his own issues staying healthy. This move certainly opens up reps for rising juniors C'Bo Flemister and Jahmir Smith, and also for sophomore Kyren Williams and elite freshman Chris Tyree.

Per my count, these moves put Notre Dame at 85 scholarships for the season.

The video above was the breakdown from when Speights picked Notre Dame.

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Comments (8)
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mparrott84
mparrott84

Did ND get taken for a ride so that Speights could get a grad degree for free? I mean the writing was on the wall, he was injured constantly already, he wasn't very good in college, I didn't understand this move at the time and I understand it even less now...

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Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

No. I think he wanted to play and I think Taylor wanted him in the rotation. But the knee issues and injuries that I talked about when he committed kept him from doing so. I don't think any schemes or games were being played by Speights or ND.

Slap of Reality
Slap of Reality

Its a gamble worth taking considering the rb room right now. Shame it didnt work out. Seems like a good kid.

mparrott84
mparrott84

I am not really sure what you think he added...

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

It wasn't a gamble worth taking. This is exactly what I talked about when they got him. He's injury prone and did absolutely nothing at Stanford for four years.

abc2aych
abc2aych

maybe he wants to coach and there was an opp to be mentored by his coach

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

That's not why he transferred. He transferred to play.

Jacob15
Jacob15

Was this a surprise? Seems like a good setup for Trevor. Bachelors degree from Stanford and Masters degree from Notre Dame.


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