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Wednesday, June 07, 2017 6:20 pm

Luatua ends career; Boudreaux to transfer

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Notre Dame's depth took another hit Wednesday as the school announced the loss of a pair of backup players.

Tyler Luatua has been granted medical disqualification, ending his playing career, and offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux will transfer.

Luatua, who played in 32 games over three seasons as a blocking specialist at tight end, has a history of concussions, although the Irish did not specify what health concerns led to his decision to give up football.

"It's always a difficult decision for a player to step away from football," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement issued by the school. "Most importantly, Tyler will still have an opportunity to earn his degree from the university."

The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Boudreaux, signed in 2016 out of Bishop Moore High School in Florida, leaves the Irish before he ever played in a game for them.

"We thank Parker for his work, dedication and commitment to our program over the last year and wish him nothing but the best moving forward," Kelly said.