Notre Dame C Wenger cleared to play at Florida

By Adam Silverstein
May 27, 2011

Granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA after sustaining two concussions in 2010, Notre Dame Fighting Irish center Dan Wenger was not cleared to play in 2011 by team doctors and granted an unconditional release release by head coach Brian Kelly.

Wenger set his sights on joining the Florida Gators and had been spotted on campus recently attending classes. On Friday, he announced via his Facebook page that doctors have cleared him to play, meaning he will be able to compete with the team in 2011.

“Its official, next year you can find me in the SWAMP!!!” he wrote.

One of the reasons Wenger decided to transfer to play for the Gators was to be reunited with offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and offensive line coach Frank Verducci, the two men who originally recruited him to the Irish.

In order to be immediately eligible and avoid sitting out a transfer season, Wenger has likely found a graduate degree program offered at Florida that was not available at Notre Dame. He is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Coral Springs, FL) and started 13 games at center for the Irish in 2008.

Wenger will compete with redshirt sophomore Jonotthan Harrison and redshirt junior Sam Robey at center and along the offensive line this summer.

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  1. Tractorr says:

    With all the slackers jumping ship, it is nice to here about a man who wants to come to a tough elite program (I know funny logic in football).

  2. Malikg says:

    I continue to be interested in Sam Robey’s progression as player for Florida. A few seasons ago he was the expected heir apparent, but didn’t see much meaningful time when Maurkice Pouncey struggled with his snaps.

    And now, from the time Coach Muschamp was hired, not only was Jonatthan Harrison moved to center seemingly above Robey on the depth chart, another player is moved to the position as well.

    • CeeThree says:

      ^ Mike, not Maurkice. Anyway, I’m sure they have, but I hope this kid was cleared to play because everything checked out 100% and not because we are thin on the line. Welcome aboard and best of luck.

  3. Malikg says:

    Fredo Corleone: I’m your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over!
    Michael Corleone: That’s the way Pop wanted it.
    Fredo Corleone: It ain’t the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!

  4. I'mWinning! says:

    I’m very concerned for this guys well being

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