Evaluating the Fifth Year Candidates

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Tyler Stockton, Defensive Line

Nov. 17, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; A Notre Dame flag waves in the first quarter of the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 38-0. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Stockton won the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year. Coming out of high school, Stockton was one rated inside the Top 200 of recruits. Stockton has failed to live up to those expectations. Stockton has only registered one tackle in his career, a sack against Boston College in 2010. Stockton is the ultimate team player. Despite being unable to make contributions to the team on the field, he performed magnificently on the scout team. It is extremely unlikely that he will return to the team in 2013. Stockton is probably last on the list of players who would be welcomed back as a 5th year.