Hounshell will play sixth year elsewhere


Chase Hounshell channeled his inner Tommy Boy when taking to Twitter to announce his decision to play another year of college football.

“Going to college for six years isn’t just for doctors anymore,” the defensive lineman turned tight end quipped.

After shoulder injuries robbed Hounshell of multiple seasons of competition, the Ohio native has been granted, and will pursue, a sixth-year of eligibility. He just won’t be doing it at Notre Dame.

Hounshell played last season at tight end for the Irish, serving as an in-line blocker while reeling in one catch on the season. He essentially talked his way back onto the team after a meeting with Brian Kelly, transitioning last spring to tight end with no guarantee of a scholarship come fall. But the season was enough to help the Irish and essentially reboot Hounshell’s playing career, taking almost 200 snaps at tight end.

Hounshell hasn’t decided where he’ll play next season, giving a quote to IrishSportsDaily.com:

“I have received my release from Notre Dame and I will be taking visits to transfer for the upcoming season,” Hounshell told Matt Freeman of ISD.

Notre Dame’s tight end depth chart with feature Durham Smythe, Nic Weishar and Alizé Jones in 2016, as rising junior Tyler Luatua has transferred to BYU.