Dec 28, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chas Dodd (19) escapes pressure by Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt (7) in the second quarter of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly talks NFL draft decision for DE Stephon Tuitt following Pinstripe Bowl win


The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in their final game of the 2013 season to finish up at 9-4 on the year.

Today may also have been the final game in a Notre Dame uniform for junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt.

Earlier this week, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told reporters that Tuitt had received his grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, and he was pegged as a potential second-round pick.

After the game today, Kelly elaborated a little more on his star defensive end–well, at least elaborated a little bit on the timetable for when a decision may come:

After the game, Irish coach Brian Kelly said he expected a decision from Tuitt on the NFL draft “very, very soon.”

In the win over Rutgers today, the 6-2, 312-pound Tuitt recorded four tackles and 1.5 sacks against the future Big Ten member.

On the season, Tuitt ended up with 7.5 sacks, which were a little fewer than he compiled last season, although he was recovering a bit this season from the effects of offseason hernia surgery. So, it took him a while to get back to 100%.

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