Notre Dame junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt will be returning in 2014 for his senior season, according to a report from The Observer, the school’s student newspaper.
“I’m coming back next year,” Tuitt said. “I’m a junior. I still have one year.”
During last year’s run to the national championship game, Tuitt was a crucial part of the Irish’s dominating defensive unit, totaling 47 tackles, 12 sacks and nine QB hurries. Because of that, even before this season started, many NFL Draft experts had Tuitt projected as a first-round selection for the 2014 event, should he decide to come out.
Now, it appears that NFL teams may have to wait until 2015 to get their hands on the 6-6, 312-pound monster of a defender off the edge.
So far through this season, Tuitt has 18 tackles, 4.5 for loss, with three sacks as Notre Dame currently sits at 4-2 on the year.
Now, players do have until the end of January to officially declare for the draft, but this is great news for the Irish, should Tuitt not change his mind. He would be a huge piece of the defense returning, along with the team also expected to get QB Everett Golson back following suspension.