Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced today via Twitter that a pair of his competitors, junior Mike Heuerman and sophomore Michael Deeb, will no longer pursue their football careers, both medically disqualified entering the 2015 season.
Both Deeb and Heuerman will remain on grant-aid scholarship at the University, allowed to continue their pursuit of their respective degrees.
News of the pair’s medical disqualification coincides with the announcement that fellow Floridian Greg Bryant will not be allowed to play for the Irish in 2015, though he will be allowed to practice with the team and attend classes as a scholarship student-athlete.
Said Kelly of Bryant, “There are certain expectations within our program that must be met. Quite simply, Greg did not meet those expectations.”
Irish Illustrated’s Pete Sampson confirmed with Bryant’s father, Greg Sr., that his son will be ruled academically ineligible this fall.
Bryant was previously suspended for the first four games of 2015 for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Heuerman was the lone member of the class of 2013 not to appear in a college football game. An early enrollee in the spring semester 2013, his career was beset by injuries.
A 2014 pledge, Deeb made his college debut in the final regular season game of his sophomore season, playing sparingly in the first half at USC.
Notre Dame’s scholarship count for the upcoming season is now at its 85-player allotment with the losses of Heuerman and Deeb.