With Zeke Motta (61 tackles, two TFLs, two passes defended) set to depart for the NFL, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish need to be able to keep any extra veteran depth at the safety position that they can. Matt Fortuna of ESPN.com tweeted that safety Jamoris Slaughter is looking to receive a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, and Fortuna added that Slaughter, “expects to hear back in weeks after the title game”.
A sixth year of eligibility is an extreme rarity in the NCAA today, but Slaughter has a legitimate case at obtaining a hardship waiver from the governing body. The 23-year-old safety missed almost the entire season with an Achilles injury on the first play of the second-half in the Irish’s season opener against the Michigan State Spartans.
He was able to play in three games as a fifth-year senior and has started in 19 games overall in four years (nearly 40 total games played), so it doesn’t seem like he will be given the sixth season. I hope he does, though, just because it would be another feel-good story in college football.
Slaughter recorded a career-high 45 tackles and four tackles for loss as a senior in 2011 with three passes defended, an interception, and the first and only forced fumble of his career.
He was slated to be the starter next to Motta this season but was replaced by Matthias Farley after the injury. The sophomore finished with 43 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a pick this season.
Coming out of high school in the 2008 class, Slaughter was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals and one of the top 200 recruits nationally with offers from Georgia, Michigan, Clemson, and Oklahoma as well.
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