In a press conference Saturday morning, Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly announced that safety Devin Studstill has decided to transfer following his graduation in the spring.
Studstill played in 29 games for the Irish over the course of the last three seasons. He totaled 60 tackles with one interception and a forced fumble.
Kelly had nothing but positive things to say about Studstill’s time as a member of the team following the announcement.
Brian Kelly announces that Devin Studstill will do a graduate transfer out of Notre Dame.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) March 2, 2019
“Has done everything that we’ve asked him to do. Has been a great teammate. Has worked his butt off."
Studstill won the starting job as a freshman in 2016. He appeared in all twelve games that year and started nine of them. In 2017, he appeared in eleven games with no starts and played in just five games in 2018.
The Palm Beach Gardens high school product would be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer. His departure brings his the football team’s scholarship total to 86.
Depth at the defensive back position likely played a role in the decision as well as Studstill seeing less playing time in 2018.
Here’s his lone career interception, which came against Michigan State in 2016.
INTERCEPTION!— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 18, 2016
Devin Studstill intercepts MSU after Daelin Hayes tips the ball. The freshman returns it for 30 yds. pic.twitter.com/skRWZD2ige
Thank you ND ☘️— Devin ⚡️tudstill (@StudSteezy) March 2, 2019