Ishaq Williams nearing Notre Dame return

Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Ishaq Williams could soon return to the team, but still has some “NCAA hurdles” to clear. Williams was dismissed from the team last year amid investigations of academic dishonesty.

Speaking to USA Today, head coach Brian Kelly addressed Williams’ situation.

“I know he’s back in school because he told me, he’s in workouts because I’ve seen him,” Kelly said before an event hosted by The Kelly Cares Foundation, a charity founded by the Fighting Irish coach and his wife, Paqui.

“Those two things I know for sure. All the other stuff is NCAA eligibility stuff that is a lot more complicated. It has to do with missed terms and hours and appeals and things like that. A lot more complicated.

“(Williams) knows there’s a hill to climb there,” Kelly said. “I’m not here to paint any pictures, that it’s this chance or that chance. All I know is, he’s going to be back in school and he’s going to get his degree from Notre Dame. If he plays football, we’ll be ecstatic for him. But the bottom line is, he’s going to get his degree from Notre Dame.”

Having Williams back on the team would certainly help Notre Dame immensely.

The Fighting Irish ranked 69th in the nation in total defense and 84th in points allowed, and having the 6-foot-5, 271 pound Williams back on the field would surely help the team climb in the rankings. In three seasons in South Bend, the young man out of Brooklyn’s Lincoln High School has 45 tackles (six for a loss), a sack and a forced fumble.

In his absence last year, Notre Dame went 8-5 and defeated LSU in the Music City Bowl.

Hopefully, he can get NCAA clearance soon and help the team chase a national championship in 2015.

Notre Dame opens the season at home against Texas on September 5.

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