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

Thursday.

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.