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Notre Dame Football: Offensive Lineman Colin McGovern Decides Against Virginia Transfer

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Colin McGovern will not spend his fifth year helping to shore up the Virginia Cavaliers’ offensive line, Hoos coach Bronco Mendenhall announced today. And while two Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive linemen announced transfers this week, it’s not immediately clear if McGovern is considering a return to South Bend.

The 6-foot-4 1/2, 310 pound played right guard last season for the Irish and, despite being hampered by injuries, logged the fifth most snaps of any Notre Dame lineman last year.

McGovern missed the entirety of the Stanford game and played limited snaps against the USC Trojans (2), Miami-Florida Hurricanes (5), Syracuse Orange (13) and Army Black Knights (13) due to a high ankle sprain and a concussion suffered at different times. McGovern had suffered a concussion within the year prior to the one he received during the game with the Hurricanes.

When McGovern transferred in January, junior Tristen Hoge and sophomores Tommy Kraemer, Liam Eichenberg and Parker Boudreaux were all expected to compete for the right guard position. Hoge recently announced he’s joining the BYU Cougars, while Boudreaux just announced his transfer Wednesday.

John Montelus, who played primarily on the offensive line for the Irish, will begin classes in Charlottesville next week, Mendenhall said.

The Irish appear to be at 84 scholarships, one shy of the NCAA maximum, after welcoming Navy safety Alohi Gilman today.