Notre Dame Football

Colin McGovern to Transfer for Fifth Year

January 23, 2017

Notre Dame offensive lineman Colin McGovern will transfer to Virginia for his fifth and final year of eligibility in 2017. He will join fellow offensive lineman John Montelus in transferring to Charlottesville for a fifth-year.

"I was looking for a school where I could pursue a Master's degree in my final year of college football and that was not likely the best situation for me at Notre Dame," McGovern told Irish Sports Daily. 

The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder played in 11 games in 2016 for the Irish at right guard and a total of 21 games in Notre Dame career. McGovern doesn't regret the decision to play ball in South Bend, but he's simply looking for a different situation his final year.

"It was an experience of a lifetime where I feel I truly grew into a man," stated McGovern. "However, it's not the school or environment for everyone and I believe there are schools that may suit my needs better than Notre Dame.

"I greatly appreciate all the fan support throughout my four years in South Bend," stated McGovern. "Aside from sharing my experience with my family and friends, the fans are what make playing for Notre Dame such a memorable experience."

Coming out of high school, the New Lenox (Ill.) native was ranked as a four-star offensive lineman and choose Notre Dame over the likes of Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

McGovern was part of the 2013 offensive line class that included Montelus, Mike McGlinchey, Hunter Bivin and Steve Elmer.

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