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Freshman Derek Roback to transfer

Sep 8, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

For the second time in a week, the Irish have lost a member of the football team to transfer. Freshman Derek Roback will be transferring to Ohio University, IrishIllustrated.com is reporting and the South Bend Tribune‘s Eric Hansen has confirmed after speaking with head coach Brian Kelly.

Roback was one of the last commitments to Notre Dame last year, pledging to the Irish after receiving an offer from Kelly and staff in January. He had been committed to play quarterback at Toledo before receiving the Irish offer, but was brought in by the Irish as an athlete looking for a position.

“Just my versatility,” Roback told IrishIllustrated.com back in January about what Kelly saw when he offered Roback a scholarship. “He said we’ll figure where I’ll play later. He knows I can help this team somewhere.”

Roback’s days at quarterback were gone after his commitment to the Irish, and he was supplying depth at safety for the Irish during the first few months of his career. But Roback’s transfer to Ohio University was to try and get back to playing quarterback.

Really wants to give quarterback a shot,” Kelly told Hansen. “Great kid. Wish him well.

Because the season began, Roback’s scholarship will not be reassigned to anyone within the program, but it will open a slot for next year, something that’ll likely come in very handy with the recruiting class already close to capacity. Adding in both Shaquelle Evans and Roback, the Irish will now likely be able to stretch their recruiting class to 20-22 prospects, with 16 commitments already in hand.

  1. Canadian James - Sep 9, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Give the kid credit, he have it a shot at a position switch but his heart is still at quarterback. Best of luck young man. Plus, this helps us in recruiting as we were losing spots and this opens one up for next year, so its not really a loss for ND.

  2. Sean Conners - Sep 9, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    So he will be playing for Haywood….? Ex ND OC? Go get some Derek! With what we have and what we have coming, given this man’ dimesion’s I did not ever see him playing 2 much ball on Saterdays at ND. Capable, but not with were we are going!
    Going to be two stacked very soon at LB/FB-HB/TE and the body habitus is not fitting for S.
    Good luck man!

  3. Snatchy McPants - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Actually, Haywood is the coach at Miami (OH). That would be the Non-victs, not the Convicts. Frank Solich (former HC at Nebraska fired just a bit prematurely to make way for …eek… Bill Callahan)is the coach at Ohio. If I’m not mistaken, he still runs the traditional option offense, which should be a perfect fit for an athlete like Derek. Best of luck! With the recruiting class filling up quickly and some absolute studs still waiting to see what ND is made of, it’s nice to clear a little more “room at the inn.” We’re going to need some blue-chippers that can play early, especially in the secondary. GO IRISH!

  4. Daniel - Sep 9, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    I wish him luck like the rest of you, however i find it to be selfish that he would wait this long and then quit. He had a scholarship at the University of Notre Dame and walked away now, that means his scholarship can’t be used by anyone else. The value of that scholarship is more then alot of USAmericans make in a year. Wish Ruffer could benefit from these guys snooting at what he deserves. Maybe the NCAA could look at adjusting that policy.

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