Former Columbus East quarterback Gunner Kiel leaving Notre Dame

Kiel never played down for Irish

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Quarterback Gunner Kiel is leaving Notre Dame without ever playing a down.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday that the former standout from Columbus, Ind., who was one of the top-rated quarterbacks coming out of high school a year ago, plans to transfer.

Kiel was the scout team quarterback his freshman season as the Irish went 12-1 and finished the season ranked No. 4.

Kelly said Kiel was told he would be given a chance to compete for the starting job.

As a senior at Columbus East High School, he passed for 2,517 yards and 28 touchdowns and was a five-star prospect coming out of high school.

Kiel originally announced he planned to play for Indiana, then said he would attend LSU before enrolling at Notre Dame.

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