The Notre Dame Fighting Irish learned on Wednesday that highly-touted sophomore tight end Alize Jones will be forced to remain on the sidelines for the 2016 college football season.
Jones will be forced to sit out for the entire year due to academic issues.
“Notre Dame is a special place and playing football for the Irish is a privilege. With this opportunity comes academic responsibility. I love Notre Dame and everything about it. Obviously, I’m disappointed at myself, but I’m going to make the best of this situation,” Jones wrote on Twitter.
“I’m going to remain a student at Notre Dame and work even harder. I’m going to grow from this. I’m going to be a better student, teammate, player and man. While I won’t be able to help my brothers on Saturdays, I’ll do whatever I can to help this team achieve its goal of winning a national championship.”
Jones, a former four-star recruit and the No. 1 tight end in his class, will still be able to practice with the team.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly also issued a statement on the situation.
Jones seems to still be in positive spirits and is focused on getting his academics back on track.
Let’s hope he is able to do just that and return to the field for the Fighting Irish in 2017 so he can live up to all of his potential.