NOTRE DAME, Ind. (WNDU) - The Notre Dame football team is losing one of its best players. Cornerback Julian Love announced Friday he will leave school early and enter the NFL Draft.
Love was a consensus all-American this season and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's best defensive back.
Irish fans got a glimpse of what life without Love could be like in the Cotton Bowl, when he went down with a head injury in the first quarter. It was tied 3-3 at that point.
By the time he came back, Clemson had scored three touchdowns and led 23-3, and Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence lit up his replacement, Donte Vaughn.
The Irish were lost without Love for a quarter, and now they have to prepare for a whole season without him.
As for Love's pro prospects, he was given a second-round grade by the NFL Draft Advisory Committee.