Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Notre Dame football dismisses 4 players, including one of its top WR

Notre Dame football dismisses 4 players, including one of its top WR

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly dismissed four players from the team Tuesday, including the third-leading rusher and third-leading receiver from this past season.

Notre Dame receiver Kevin Stepherson, running backs Deon McIntosh and CJ Holmes and defensive tackle Brandon Tiassum have been dismissed from the team. Stepherson was suspended the first four games of the 2017 season for a violation of team rules.

Sophomore wide receiver Kevin Stepherson carries the ball against Stanford on November 25. None of the other three dismissals, however, can be called surprising.

McIntosh, also a sophomore, finished with 368 rushing yards and five touchdowns in five games last season.


Holmes, a freshman from Hamden, Connecticut, ran for 32 yards in eight games this past season. With it came bad news for the Irish football team.

He had Holmes had been arrested for shoplifting in December.

McIntosh and Holmes were dismissed after their first public infraction.

Tillery led Notre Dame with 4.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hurries, and his 56 tackles were sixth-best on the squad. Also playing on special teams, he appeared in eight games for the Irish in the 2017 season. He ran for a season-high 124 yards with two touchdowns on 12 carries in a 33-10 victory at North Carolina on October 7. He made the travel roster for the Citrus Bowl but did not play in Notre Dame's 21-17 win over LSU. With Josh Adams also leaving the Irish for the National Football League draft, the team is down three running backs who carried the ball in 2017.

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