C.J. Prosise might not have started at running back for Notre Dame this season if not for transfer and injury.
He now certainly won’t feature in the Irish backfield next season. Prosise announced Saturday via Instagram plans to enter the NFL Draft rather than finishing out his college career, a day after being limited in a Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State with an ankle injury.
“After a lot of thought and reflection I have decided to forego my remaining eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft,” Prosise posted. “Thank you to Notre Dame, the coaches, staff, faculty and fans. I couldn’t have asked for a better university to play for, it’s been an honor to have played with Team 127 and I’m glad to have had the opportunity. I look forward to what lies ahead.”
Prosise played defensive back and receiver for Notre Dame before being moved to running back last spring, behind presumptive starter Tarean Folston and former five-star prospect Greg Bryant.
But Bryant’s ineligibility turned transfer and a season-ending knee injury to Folston paved the way for Prosise to start early this season. He took hold of the job with 1,032 yards and 11 touchdowns on 156 carries in 11 games, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and 93.8 yards per game.
Prosise posted those numbers while sharing carries with freshman Josh Adams, who emerged to finish with 835 yards and six touchdowns on 117 carries.
Late in the season, injury caught up with Prosise. He suffered a high ankle sprain in the penultimate regular season game against Boston College and didn’t play in a loss to Stanford in the finale.
He returned for the Fiesta Bowl but logged just one snap before coming out of the game as his ankle didn’t feel comfortable to keep playing. As it turns out, it would be Prosise’s final Irish appearance.