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Report: Welch, Wood will transfer for fifth year

Dec 2, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

Alex Welch

It looks like seniors Alex Welch and Lo Wood are nearing the end of their careers at Notre Dame. The reserve tight end and cornerback are looking to transfer, set to graduate from Notre Dame and play their final season at a different college without restriction.

Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated was the first to report this news over Twitter:

The move makes a ton of sense for both players. For Welch, it gives the 6-foot-3.5, 251-pound tight end a chance to get out from behind Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack. For Wood, he’ll have the opportunity to play somewhere, with freshmen Devin Butler and Cole Luke pushing ahead of him in the depth chart this season and KeiVarae Russell entrenched as a starter

Both Welch and Wood had their Irish careers derailed by untimely injuries. For Welch, a preseason knee injury robbed the Cincinnati native of his opportunity to be the No. 2 tight end last season, forcing Niklas into the lineup.

Wood suffered a similar fate, tearing his Achilles tendon in preseason camp where he was set to start at cornerback, forcing Russell into the starting lineup having never played cornerback. Wood returned this season, but only saw minimal time in the secondary, bouncing between corner and safety.

As we begin to project the 85-man roster and the always delicate fifth-year situation before next year, the potential departure of Welch and Wood from the roster bubble opens up space for additional recruits and other seniors to return.

Sampson predicts Wood will end up at Georgia Tech and that Welch will end up at a program closer to his hometown in Cincinnati. Lst year, seldom-used tight end Jake Golic transferred to the Bearcats before chronic injuries ended his career.

  1. bernhtp - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I wish both of them luck. They’ve had some bad breaks injury-wise that left them too far down the depth chart to play given the success in recruiting their positions in recent years.

    Regardless of what remains of their football careers elsewhere, they will have earned Notre Dame degrees and be part of these teams forever.

    • dickasman - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Sounds like win win, WINNINGGGG to me, minus the crack.

  2. thefightinfloyds - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Well this was to be expected. Good luck to both of them. With the news of USC hiring a new head coach any chance Orgeron comes to ND just to stick it SC? I assume he wants to go somewhere where he can be the head coach but hes a great recruiter and a good D-Line coach… I wouldnt mind seeing him in blue and gold.

    • shamrocknroll - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Was that a serious question???

      Orgeron is a revered figure in SC country–no way would he come here for a lateral move (and frankly, we’re doing pretty damn well recruiting as is).

      • thefightinfloyds - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

        Word is the split was not amicable… and why not? Im sure the guy will get a head coaching gig somewhere but why not take a flier?

  3. dickasman - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Well I’m all for orgeron replacing Martin as OC. Since he coaches defense, I’m sure he ll make one helluva OC.

  4. brentsn - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Congatulations on your degrees and best of luck to both !! Also thank you for your hard work in the classroom and on the field,it is very much appreciated !!

  5. whiskeystraight - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    The writing was on the wall for both of these guys. Good luck in life and be thankful you have a Notre Dame degree.

  6. irishaggie - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Pretty smart move by both. You have your degree from ND and now you can play somewhere without losing eligibility. I had a friend that played college football at Boise State who wouldn’t see the field very often. He worked hard, was a great teammate, and always respected the coaches but he said it’s very tough to motivate yourself to get bigger/faster/stronger when you don’t play very much and he understood that sometimes others are more talented. A second wind for Wood and Welch will definitely be good for both and hopefully they get more playing time now.

  7. viktory2013 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Was disappointed to see Sarkisian take the SC job. He’s a sharp coach and unfortunately SC will do well. Was hoping for someone less competent. Bummer.

    Those kids now have degrees from ND; they’ll be fine in their lives regardless of their football playing time.

  8. buckynd13 - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Overall a good move, they get to follow their dream, and ND has two more openings for recruits, this year or next. Maybe Welch is a one year wonder as a starter next year, after all he was a four star tight end coming out of high school. Wood I’m not so sure about.

  9. buckynd13 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    …assuming either or both would have been granted a fifth year of eligibility for ND, given they were part of Kelly’s first recruiting class and out of their loyalty to the program.

  10. seagullsnest - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    A.Welch could have be a great FB or 1 yard thunder back when needed…..Oh that’s right BK doesn’t understand a running power game.

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