Notre Dame defensive lineman Jacob Lacey to enter transfer portal

Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 7:54 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - We’re inching closer to Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series game against BYU in Las Vegas, but the biggest news on Thursday regarding the Fighting Irish had nothing to do with the game itself.

During a Zoom press conference Thursday afternoon, Head Coach Marcus Freeman announced that senior defensive lineman Jacob Lacey will redshirt for the remainder of the season and enter the transfer portal.

By redshirting this early in the season, Lacey saves a year of eligibility – meaning he’ll have two years with whatever program he decides to join as a grad transfer.

As for this season, he’s appeared in all four games for the Irish. He has two sacks and five tackles.

Freeman says Harvard grad transfer Chris Smith and sophomore Gabriel Rubio will likely take Lacey’s reps.

“The defensive tackle position right now is one of the deepest positions we have on our team,” Freeman said. “Chris Smith will play a little bit more. But you’ll see a guy like Gabe Rubio playing more. Jacob Lacey was a great player, and Lacey did a lot of great things for us, but it’s a deep position. He made a decision that ultimately he felt was best for him, and we respect that. We love Jacob.

“The best thing about it is he leaves here with a degree in his hand,” Freeman continued. “That’s what I want for these young men, is that if you decide to leave in hopes of going somewhere and playing more, don’t waste this opportunity to earn a degree from this university. He did that.”