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Jamoris Slaughter denied 6th year

Safety Jamoris Slaughter was denied a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, Notre Dame confirmed Thursday.

Slaughter ruptured his Achilles tendon in the Irish's third game of the season, a 20-3 victory at Michigan State on Sept. 15. He also sat out his freshman season in 2008 in what was reportedly a torn meniscus he suffered in a high school All-Star game.

Notre Dame petitioned the NCAA for an extra season for Slaughter on the grounds that injuries sidelined him for the two seasons. The NCAA turned down the original request in mid-January and its appeal was rejected Wednesday.

"I understood that a sixth year was far from a guarantee," Slaughter said in a news release. "It is sad to know that my time at Notre Dame as a football player is complete, but it doesn't lessen my love for this University and its football program. This decision simply begins the next chapter of my life and I'll be forever grateful for my coaches, teammates and all the Irish fans that supported me throughout my career."

Slaughter, a 6-foot, 200-pounder from Stone Mountain, Ga., played in 39 games at Notre Dame, making 19 starts. He had 98 tackles and two interceptions with the Irish.

Slaughter graduated in May 2012 with a degree in industrial design. He has been invited to the NFL combine, which runs Feb. 23-26 in Indianapolis.

"I appreciate the NCAA taking the time to thoroughly look into Jamoris' application for a sixth year," Irish coach Brian Kelly said. "Jamoris is a first-class young man and most importantly leaves Notre Dame with his degree. We wish him all the best as he now pursues his dream of playing in the NFL."

"I understood that a sixth year was far from a guarantee," Slaughter said. "It is sad to know that my time at Notre Dame as a football player is complete, but it doesn't lessen my love for this University and its football program. This decision simply begins the next chapter of my life and I'll be forever grateful for my coaches, teammates and all the Irish fans that supported me throughout my career."

Notre Dame will be without its two starters at safety that it began last season with now that Slaughter is officially not returning. Zeke Motta, who played in all 13 games and was second on the team with 77 tackles, graduated.

The Irish will have sophomore Matthias Farley, a converted wide receiver, returning at safety. Farley finished eighth on the team in tackles with 49, starting 11 games while appearing in 13.

Nicky Baratti, who played in 13 games as a freshman, also returns, and junior Austin Collinsworth is expected to return from a shoulder injury that kept him out last season.

The Irish can also turn to sophomore Eliar Hardy and incoming freshman Max Redfield, among others, to fill the safety position.

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