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Notre Dame Tight End, Pitcher Cole Kmet To Focus On Football

Notre Dame's Cole Kmet and Durham Smythe celebrate a touchdown.

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 28: Durham Smythe #80 and Cole Kmet #84 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Cole Kmet plays tight end for Notre Dame football, and is a talented pitcher for the Fighting Irish baseball team. It appears that he is putting one of those careers on hold for the time being.

The left-hander has not pitched since March 10. Per a report by 247's Irish Illustrated, he experienced left elbow soreness after that appearance.

As a result, Kmet is shutting it down on the diamond. He'll focus on preparing for the upcoming football season.

A source told Irish Illustrated that Kmet experienced some left elbow soreness and decided to shut it down for the balance of the spring. The elbow soreness obviously hasn’t negatively impacted his performance on the football field, as evidenced by Saturday’s pass-catching clinic.


The source told Irish Illustrated Kmet is “all in for football” and didn’t want his elbow issue to spill over to the football field or to deter from his and the team’s goal of winning a national championship this fall.

Cole Kmet hasn't completely shut the door on his baseball career yet, though.

Per the report, he may consider returning to the diamond in 2019. For now, his mind is on the gridiron.

Notre Dame is no stranger to the baseball/football split. Perhaps most famously, superstar wide receiver Jeff Samardzija chose the MLB over the NFL after a sterling career in both sports.

For now, Kmet seems to be going in the other direction. Given Notre Dame's penchant for turning out star tight ends, it may pay off.

[Irish Illustrated]