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Notre Dame Football: Julian Okwara announces he will return to play football for the Irish in 2019


College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - Clemson v Notre Dame Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

After a body blow yesterday for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, here is some great news... defensive end, Julian Okwara, will return to South Bend for his senior year.

Okwara was one of Notre Dame’s best pass rushers in 2018, and will look to do even more damage with both Khalid Kareem and Daelin Hayes also returning for their senior years.

The Notre Dame front seven takes a hit with the losses of Drue Tranquill, Te’von Coney, and Jerry Tillery — but Okwara’s return will mean that the much improved Notre Dame pass rush should be able to take another big step forward.