Notre Dame got some good news for next season tonight when star tight end Cole Kmet told reporters he is planning to return to school next season.
Kmet arrived at Notre Dame in 2017 as a two-sport star, but gave up his baseball career in March to focus on football. Despite missing the first two games of the season with a broken collarbone, the 6-foot-5, 252-pound Illinois native is having a breakout season.
In seven games, Kmet has five receiving touchdowns, which is tied for the team lead. Overall, he’s hauled in 29 receptions for 327 yards.
Tight End Cole Kmet said he plans to return for his senior season at Notre Dame.
— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) November 12, 2019
Kmet is the latest in a long line of successful Fighting Irish tight ends. Having him back in 2020, assuming he doesn’t change his mind, should do wonders for the offense.
Notre Dame’s 2020 receiving corps projects to be rather unproven, with top wide receivers Chase Claypool and Chris Finke both graduating. Kmet will give quarterbacks Ian Book and Phil Jurkovec a reliable target capable of stretching the field from the tight end spot.
Kmet and the 16th-ranked Fighting Irish will host No. 21 Navy this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Notre Dame (7-2) needs to win its last three games in order to remain in the hunt for a New Year’s Six bowl game.