Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Staying or going? Lane Clelland
By Matt Fortuna
This week we are taking a look at each of Notre Dame's fourth-year scholarship players with eligibility remaining and examining whether he will likely return to the Irish next season. Here, we take a look at Lane Clelland.
Before Notre Dame: From the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., Clelland entered Notre Dame as ESPNU's No. 12 guard prospect.
At Notre Dame: The 6-foot-5, 297-pound Clelland was recruited as a tackle, played in 14 games -- mostly on special teams -- and even spent some time in spring of 2010 as a defensive end. Unfortunately for Clelland, his season ended before it even started, as he tore an anterior cruciate ligament during the summer.
What's next? Majoring in English and computer applications, Clelland is expected to graduate in May.
The verdict: Going. Clelland is the classic, unfortunate case of a guy who just couldn't seem to catch a break on the field, be it through injuries or multiple position switches. It would be a surprise if he came back for another go-round.