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Notre Dame Football: 5th year senior guard Dillan Gibbons enters transfer portal

Gibbons will move on to try to be a starter

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 21 Notre Dame at Georgia Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

5th year senior Dillan Gibbons has announced his decision to enter the transfer portal rather than play his final year for Notre Dame.

Gibbons has been a career backup during his time in South Bend with only one start for his career (Syracuse) but he played an important part on special teams.

Last year he was on the same level with Josh Lugg when needed, and against the Florida State Seminoles he made a huge impact on the game. When Liam Eichenberg was knocked out of the game with an injury to his eye, Aaron banks moved out to left tackle and Gibbons — not Lugg — came out to play left guard. He played well, and there were hopes that he would continue to develop this spring.

When spring practice began, Gibbons was with the 1st team unit at left guard, but after several weeks of moving pieces around, the Irish staff eventually had Rocco Spindler as LG1 by the time the Blue-Gold game came around. Gibbons also put in some work at center to help find a backup to Zeke Correll, but that never really looked like it was going anywhere.

Gibbons hails from Clearwater, Florida, and I would imagine he will look to make a move back to his home state somewhere. We wish nothing but the best for Dillan as he leaves Notre Dame with his degree in hand.

2021 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Chart

Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Quarterback Tyler Buchner, Ron Powlus Drew Pyne Brendon Clark* - Jack Coan
Running Back Logan Diggs, Audric Estime Chris Tyree Kyren Williams* C'Bo Flemister* -
Tight End Cane Berrong, Mitchell Evans Michael Mayer, Kevin Bauman - George Takacs* -
Wide Receiver Lorenzo Styles, Deion Colzie, Jayden Thomas Xavier Watts - Kevin Austin*, Braden Lenzy*, Joe Wilkins*, Lawrence Keys III* Avery Davis
Center - - Zeke Correll* Jarrett Patterson* -
Guard Pat Coogan, Rocco Spindler - Hunter Spears* John Dirksen* Cain Madden
Tackle Blake Fisher, Joe Alt, Caleb Johnson Tosh Baker, Michael Carmody Andrew Kristofic*, Quinn Carroll* - Josh Lugg**
Defensive Tackle Gabriel Rubio Aidan Keanaaina, Rylie Mills Howard Cross*, Jacob Lacey Jayson Ademilola Kurt Hinish**, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa**
Defensive End Jason Onye, Will Schweitzer Alexander Ehrensberger, Jordan Botelho NaNa Osafo-Mensah*, Isaiah Foskey* Justin Ademilola* -
Linebacker Prince Kollie, Kahanu Kia - Jack Kiser*, Osita Ekwonu*, Marist Liufau*, JD Bertrand* Bo Bauer, Shayne Simon, Paul Moala Drew White, Isaiah Pryor
Safety Justin Walters, Khari Gee - Litchfield Ajavon*, Kyle Hamilton, KJ Wallace* Houston Griffith, D.J. Brown* -
Cornerback Ryan Barnes, Chance Tucker, Philip Riley, JoJo Johnson Clarence Lewis, Caleb Offord, Ramon Henderson Cam Hart* TaRiq Bracy -
Specialists Josh Bryan (K) Alex Peitsch (LS) Jay Bramblett - Jonathan Doerer**
Totals 26/85 (26) 41/85 (15) 60/85 (19) 76/85 (16) 85/85 (9)
* Eligible for 5th Year ** Eligible for 6th Year