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Notre Dame Football: Sam Hartman opts out of bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft

He’s done

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 23 Ohio State at Notre Dame Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Monday, Notre Dame football fans officially got the news that quarterback Sam Hartman had played his last game in an Irish, and will opt out of playing in the Sun Bowl against the Oregon State Beavers as he begins to prepare for the NFL Draft.

The former Wake Forest Demon Deacons star has his name etched in the NCAA record books for a number of different stats. He chose to transfer to Notre Dame to better prepare himself for the NFL, and to his credit, he has been all class at Notre Dame through some ups and downs during the 2023 season — which includes an offensive coordinator change from Tommy Rees to Gerad Parker a month after he committed.

While Notre Dame didn’t reach its goals this year of the playoffs and truly competing for a national championship, the effort Sam Hartman put out on the football field was undeniable and likely one of the many reasons he was chosen as a captain this year despite being a “one and done” guy from the transfer portal.

Notre Dame will now turn to Steve Angeli and Kenny Minchey to help guide them through the Sun Bowl in an attempt to notch that 10th win of the season.