The Notre Dame Fighting Irish received news Wednesday that Avery Sebastian, a former California Bears safety, will finish his final year of eligibility with the program in South Bend.
Sebastian played in 33 games for the Bears, making six starts while recording 96 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries during his Golden Bears tenure.
“I’m very thankful to head coach Brian Kelly and the rest of the coaching staff and administration for giving me the opportunity to come play at the University of Notre Dame,” Sebastian said in a release. “I think academically, spiritually and athletically will make Notre Dame a perfect fit. I’ve got one year to make an impact, and I plan on making the most of this opportunity. I look forward to joining the Notre Dame family.”
Sebastian is the second graduate student to transfer to the Fighting Irish, and could be an instant impact player at a position Notre Dame sorely lacks talent. The McDonough, Georgia native will wrap up his undergraduate studies in May and enroll at Notre Dame in June, earning him instant eligibility.
Head coach Chip Kelly expects Sebastian to play a major role during the 2015 season.
“Avery Sebastian is an experienced and versatile player,” said head coach Brian Kelly in a statement. “He played safety and contributed on every special teams unit over his career at California. Avery gives us some additional depth in the secondary and also brings a work ethic and excitement to compete that will build throughout the team.
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