University of Notre Dame graduate safety Jamoris Slaughter was denied a sixth year of eligibility, the NCAA announced Wednesday and University confirmed Thursday.
“I appreciate the NCAA taking the time to thoroughly look into Jamoris’ application for a sixth year,” Irish head coach Brian Kelly said. “Jamoris is a first-class young man and most importantly leaves Notre Dame with his degree. We wish him all the best as he now pursues his dream of playing in the NFL.”
"I understood that a sixth year was far from a guarantee," Slaughter said. "It is sad to know that my time at Notre Dame as a football player is complete, but it doesn't lessen my love for this University and its football program. This decision simply begins the next chapter of my life and I'll be forever grateful for my coaches, teammates and all the Irish fans that supported me throughout my career."
The Stone Mountain, Ga., native saw action in 39 career games for Notre Dame and started 19, including each of the first three contests in 2012 before suffering a season-ending injury to his achilles tendon against Michigan State. Slaughter finished his career with 98 tackles, including 61 solo stops, eight passes defended, four tackles for loss, two interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble.
Slaughter joined the Notre Dame program in the fall of 2008, but did not see any game action. He played in 12, 11 and 13 games, respectively, over the next three seasons. Slaughter's most productive campaign came in 2011 when he collected 45 tackles, four stops for loss, three passes defended, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble.
Slaughter graduated from Notre Dame in May 2012 with a degree in industrial design from the College of Arts and Letters.