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Notre Dame Football Dismisses 4 Players From Team

A fan sitting in the stands dressed as Notre Dame's mascot.

2 Nov 1996: The University of Notre Dame Leprachaun mascot leads the crowd during the Fighting Irish 54-27 win over Navy in Dublin, Ireland. Mandatory Credit: Billy Stickland/ALLSPORT

Notre Dame football booted four players from its roster today.

Head coach Brian Kelly has dismissed wide receiver Kevin Stepherson, running backs Deon McIntosh and C.J. Holmes and defensive tackle Brandon Tiassum. The first three players were all suspended for the team's Citrus Bowl win over LSU.

Stepherson also missed the first four games of the regular season for reported disciplinary reasons. He and Holmes were caught shoplifting in December, which led to the bowl ban. Stepherson was also charged with marijuana possession the day before his shoplifting arrest.

Stepherson was the most accomplished of the four players. He led the team with five receiving touchdowns this fall, despite missing four regular season games and the bowl, and finished his two-year stint in South Bend with 821 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.

Holmes, a coveted recruit out of Connecticut, rushed for 32 yards on eight carries as a true freshman this year.

McIntosh came on as a surprise this year, carving out a role in the backfield and rushing for 368 yards and five touchdowns. He gained 124 yards and scored twice in a win over North Carolina.

McIntosh also missed the Citrus Bowl due to a violation of team rules. With him and Holmes kicked off the team and Josh Adams turning pro, Notre Dame's running back depth chart consists of only Dexter Williams, Tony Jones Jr. and freshman early enrollee Jahmir Smith. It seems like the Irish will try to pluck a graduate transfer running back or sign a late 2018 recruit.

Tiassum, meanwhile, was rarely used in three seasons in South Bend. He didn't play his first two years and appeared in only three games this fall, making two tackles.

Notre Dame finished the 2017 season with a 10-3 record, its third double-digit win season under Brian Kelly. The Fighting Irish also notched their first January bowl win since 1994.

Notre Dame opens its 2018 campaign at home against Michigan on Sept. 1.