Apparently Will Fuller prefers to leave the drama for the football field.
Wednesday night, during an interview session with the media following practice inside Notre Dame Stadium, Fuller – the junior wide receiver who scored three touchdowns in Notre Dame’s victory over Pittsburgh last weekend – was asked by Irish Illustrated if there was a chance that the Wake Forest game this Saturday will be his final appearance on his home field.
"No," Fuller said.
"There's no chance of that?" he was asked again. "No,” Fuller calmly stated.
Asked if he was definitely coming back, Fuller responded, “Yes.”
"I need to graduate," Fuller added. "That's what I came here for."
Fuller said he would be getting his degree next year in psychology.
Fuller has scored 28 touchdowns for the Irish, including 27 in the last 22 games. He has 28 receiving touchdowns in his career. For the season, he has 44 receptions for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Fuller moved past Golden Tate (26 from 2007-09) and Jeff Samardzija (27 from 2003-06) into second place on Notre Dame’s all-time receiving touchdown list with his performance at Pittsburgh. He trails only Michael Floyd (2008-11), who holds the Notre Dame record with 37.
Barring injury, Fuller would have a minimum of 16 games remaining in an Irish uniform if he indeed returns for the 2016 season.
Fuller has a minimum of four games left in ’15, which gives him an opportunity to surpass the Notre Dame single-season touchdown mark of 15 set by Samardzija, and tied by Rhema McKnight in 2006, Tate in 2009, and Fuller in 2014. Fuller would need four more scores to break the single-season record.