As it turns out, Kyle Rudolph‘s injury-shortened junior season was also his last one at Notre Dame.
Rudolph was shut down in October for the final seven games of the season due to a torn hamstring, and it was thought that the tight end would likely make himself available for the 2011 NFL draft.
Multiple sources have confirmed as much to Irish Illustrated, telling the website that Rudolph is leaving South Bend and has already selected an agent. The name of the player rep was not identified.
Rudolph, an All-American candidate entering the season, still managed to finish third on the Irish in catches and receiving yards despite missing more than half of the season. He finishes his Notre Dame career with 90 catches for 1,032 yards and eight touchdowns.
He also suffered season-ending injuries in back-to-back years, which could cause some concern for NFL clubs, at least higher up in the draft.