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Keivarae Russell gives update on off-field progress

Notre Dame at USC

Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell makes an interception in front of USC receiver Marquise Lee (9) in the second quarter at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Wally Skalij

If all goes according to plan, cornerback Keivarae Russell will return to Notre Dame for summer school this June. After being one of four players suspended for the entire 2014 season, Russell is eligible to return to campus after two semesters. But even though he’s been away from campus, he’s hardly been hiding out.

Russell has used social media to give frequent updates to his off-field work, usually consisting of workout videos and self-motivational postings. The workout videos remind you that Notre Dame lost a freakish athlete who’ll be one of the top cornerbacks in the country when he returns.

The motivational posts remind you that while Russell’s academic mistake cost him two semesters at Notre Dame, he’s still every bit the unique and thoughtful student-athlete you came to know and appreciate.


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Over the weekend, Russell gave his most recent update, which included an interesting update from an academic perspective. Russell will begin taking classes at another college, with the dean of the Mendoza College of Business accepting some of those credits, depending on a few factors.

This from Russell’s Facebook page:

Working 12 hours a week in real estate and property management, also taking roughly 30 quarter credits at a smaller school this spring that will count towards my degree at Notre Dame if I meet all the parameters from my dean at ND and I do well in the courses, also training 5 and at times 6 days a week with some of the best trainers in Washington. You can’t tell me I ain’t on a mission this “offseason” lol still can’t wait to go back to my team in JUNE though!! ‪#‎GoIrish‬ ‪#‎GRIND‬ ‪#‎OutworkTheNextMan‬

Russell’s time away from South Bend is far from a year off from school and football. And if he’s able to have credits transfer (this is far from unusual, I myself had college credits transfer at Notre Dame), then it’ll likely help him graduate on time and prepare for the NFL Draft after next season, even if he’ll technically have another year of eligibility remaining.

With Russell and Ishaq Williams’ return expected, combined with the return of Sheldon Day and Ronnie Stanley (more on that in a bit), 2015 is working out to be one of Brian Kelly’s most talented football teams.