This much we know about Notre Dame defensive end Ishaq Williams. He is back in classes in South Bend and working out in the football weight room. Beyond that, there is still some ground to make up before Williams returns to play a key role on Notre Dame’s defense in 2015.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly confirmed as much Tuesday night when speaking to the media before a charity event.
“I know he’s back in school because he told me, he’s in workouts because I’ve seen him,” Kelly said according to the Associated Press. “Those two things I know for sure. All the other stuff is NCAA eligibility stuff that is a lot more complicated. It has to do with missed terms and hours and appeals and things like that. A lot more complicated.”
Kelly also said Williams remains on scholarship at Notre Dame despite being suspended from the program amid academic infractions along with four teammates last year. It was reported last week Williams had re-enrolled in classes at Notre Dame. However, because he had not enrolled in classes elsewhere during his time away from the campus, his academic standing in the eyes of the NCAA remained a bit more of a question than it may for teammates KeiVarae Russell. Russell enrolled in classes back home while serving his time with the Irish, announcing his return himself.
Williams and Russell, if ruled academically eligible for the fall, should jump right back into key roles on the defense for Notre Dame, much like quarterback Everett Golson did last fall after missing the 2013 season. Golson, of course, has since transferred to Florida State for the 2015 season.