Wood, Welch set to leave Irish

Injuries kept both seniors from becoming impact players for the Irish.
Posted on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 3, 2013 at 4:08 p.m.

NOTRE DAME — Two Notre Dame seniors are seeking a fifth year at a different school.

Cornerback Lo Wood and tight end Alex Welch plan to transfer from Notre Dame, using their fifth year of eligibility at another program, according to reports from 247 Sports and Irish Illustrated.

Wood and Welch spent four years with Notre Dame, but injuries to both players last season limited their impact this year.

Welch suffered an ACL tear in pre-season training camp last year that kept him out for the season. By the time he recovered for this season, he had been buried on the depth chart behind Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack.

Wood played in 31 games for the Irish and was projected to start in 2012, but an Achilles tendon tear suffered in camp kept him sidelined for the season. When Wood returned, he couldn’t pass fellow cornerbacks KeiVarae Russell, Cole Luke and Devin Butler in line.

Wood’s father, Lo Sr., told 247 Sports that Georgia Tech, Florida and Central Florida are among the schools the cornerback is considering.

“We know his ability is better than a limited role player. We know he can start in a Div. I program so we’ve got to go somewhere that can give him a shot,” said Wood’s father. “(Notre Dame head coach Brian) Kelly was a stand-up guy about the whole situation.”

Welch’s potential destinations are currently unknown.

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