Wenger out for season with concussions
Notre Dame fifth-year senior center Dan Wenger won’t play this
season following two concussions in preseason camp.
Wenger, of Coral Springs, Fla., was evaluated by a specialist at
the University of Michigan on Wednesday. Neither the specialist nor
the school cleared Wenger to return, coach Brian Kelly said
Wenger, who has appeared in 29 games during his career with 19
starts, has not played this season and his career could be over.
Braxston Cave is the starter at center.
Kelly said it is unclear if Wenger would apply or be eligible
for a sixth year, although it has been discussed. Kelly said he
would check with the school’s compliance department.
Kelly also announced Thursday that Nick Tausch will kick off
Saturday against Pittsburgh, while sophomore David Ruffer will
continue kicking field goals.
Ruffer, a walk-on who is 13 for 13 on field goals over two
seasons, had also been handling kick-off duties. He beat Tausch out
for the starting kicker’s job in camp although Tausch set the
school record by making 14 straight field goals last season.