Jamoris Slaughter brought leadership, toughness, athleticism, and -- most compelling from a viewer's perspective -- vicious hits, to South Bend for 39 games, parts of four seasons on the field, and five inside the program's walls.
There won't be a sixth.
Injured at the outset of the second half in a Week Three win over Michigan State last September, Slaughter missed the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles. He likewise sat out 2008 as a true freshman under then-head coach, Charlie Weis.
It was hoped those two seasons away from competition would afford him a rare sixth year of collegiate eligibility but that was denied Wednesday.
“I appreciate the NCAA taking the time to thoroughly look into Jamoris’ application for a sixth year,” Irish head coach Brian Kelly said through a University release. “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.”
Slaughter was disappointed but prepared for the decision.
"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."
Slaughter graduated from Notre Dame in May 2012 with a degree in industrial design from the College of Arts and Letters. He starred for Kelly's 2011 squad, starting at safety, dog linebacker, and nickel while compiling 45 stops including four for loss, three pass breakups, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble.
He was honored as the team's defensive player of the game for a breakout performance vs. Air Force and earned Irisheyes.com game balls for efforts against USC and Florida State in 2011 as well.