Notre Dame football: Tommy Tremble declares for the NFL Draft

Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tommy Tremble - Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tommy Tremble - Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The exodus for the Notre Dame football program continued on Thursday, as tight end Tommy Tremble announced he was headed to the NFL.

The Notre Dame football team made it all the way to the College Football Playoff this past season, as they ran through their ACC schedule with a perfect regular season. However, the Irish lost in the ACC title game pretty soundly to Clemson but still was able to muster the No. 4 spot in the CFP.

The No. 4 spot came with the prize of playing No. 1 Alabama, who, like Clemson, had an easy time dispatching of the Irish. As they turned their heads to 2021, they knew a lot of talent would have to be replaced, including quarterback Ian Book and All-American linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, but in the past two weeks, they have seen some surprising players transfer from the program as well.

On Thursday, the losses continued for the Notre Dame football program, as one of their key offensive players shockingly decided to declare for the NFL. This is not a player who is highly-rated in terms of the NFL Draft at all, so it was surprising to see him forgo his eligibility and take his shot in April’s draft.

That player is Tommy Tremble, who announced his decision on Twitter.

Mayer will have even more opportunities in 2021

While Tremble is a key piece to the Notre Dame football program, it is not like he is Pat Freiermuth from Penn State, or Kyle Pitts from Florida, two players who could go in the first round this April. In fact, Tremble will be lucky to be a late-round draft pick, but as he stated in his Twitter post, this decision did not come easy.

With Tremble gone, expect sophomore Michael Mayer to have an even bigger impact in Tommy Rees‘ offense next season, and that is a good thing for Irish fans. Mayer came in and took the program by storm as a freshman this past Fall, and unlike Tremble, he is a player who could land in the first round of the draft someday.

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Notre Dame is going to look a lot different next season, and it will be interesting to see how all of the new pieces fit. There is going to be a new quarterback, an almost completely revamped offensive line, and now, it looks like one of their tight ends will head to the NFL. Good luck to Tremble, we hope he puts together a good combine and does in fact get drafted.