Over the weekend we learned that Keivarae Russell was back with Notre Dame, but that had long been expected. On Monday we learned that a bit more surprisingly, Ishaq Williams has reportedly also been readmitted to Notre Dame after his suspension following last summer’s academic investigation.
It has been widely expected for months that Russell would not only be back at the University, but that there was a spot on the roster waiting for him as soon as he returned. With Williams, however, it was never clear if he even be back at Notre Dame let alone a member of the football team; and even with Monday’s news, it is still unknown whether or not Williams will be back on the Irish roster this fall.
Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated broke the news of Williams return earlier today.
Ishaq Williams has been formally re-admitted to Notre Dame by the Committee on Readmission.
— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) June 1, 2015
While Williams has been admitted back, it’s still unclear if he will be suiting up for the Fighting Irish this fall. Brian Kelly has been a bit coy when discussing Williams throughout the entire process. Any time Kelly was asked about Williams since the season ended, Kelly offered little more than vague statements about Williams having a lot of work to do in order to regain entry to the University.
For Williams, one potential hurdle could be the scholarship crunch that many have been expected although following the transfer of Everett Golson, it’s looking more and more likely that the Irish won’t be too hard pressed to get to 85.
Should Williams work his way back onto the roster, he could potentially fill the pass rushing void that Notre Dame is staring at right now even though he has just one career sack. Prior to his suspension last year, a breakout season had been predicted for the former 5-star recruit since he would have been playing his more natural defensive end position in Brian Vangorder’s defense after trying to play outside linebacker his first three seasons.
Just how effective Williams can be after a year away from football, however, remains to be seen even if he is reinstated with the football team. Regardless of his playing status, however, it is great to see that Williams is doing all he can to make sure that he leaves Notre Dame with a degree in his hand even if his career sack total never eclipses the number of stars he was rated with coming out of high school.