Lewis-Moore's Notre Dame career ends in painful way


Lewis-Moore's Notre Dame career ends in painful way

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Kapron Lewis-Moore laid on the field at Sun Life Stadium, writhing in pain as Alabama was inflicting it on Notre Dame. The fifth-year defensive end, playing in his final collegiate contest, suffered what coach Brian Kelly deemed a "significant" knee injury.

He missed the rest of the game, only able to watch from the sidelines as Alabama rolled past the Irish to win a championship.

"It just sucks," Lewis-Moore said. "You want to be out there and play. This is not how I wanted to end my fifth-year season."

The extent of Lewis-Moore's injury isn't known yet, but if he requires major surgery, it'll significantly hurt his draft stock. Lewis-Moore wasn't going to be a top pick in April, but now, he may have to fight just to make an NFL roster.

"Of course there's concern," he said. "But we'll see what happens. Hopefully it doesn't, but sometimes life throws you curveballs, you just gotta adjust to it."

Lewis-Moore worked his way to be named one of Notre Dame's four captains this season, and endeared himself to fans as one of the more visible players around campus. Monday began with plenty of promise for the Weatherford, Texas native, but wound up ending in about the worst way possible.

"It just sucks," Lewis-Moore repeated. "I hate to go out like this."

Notre Dame CB Devin Butler pleads not guilty on felonies

Notre Dame CB Devin Butler pleads not guilty on felonies

Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler had a plea of not guilty submitted on his behalf Wednesday after his weekend arrest for an altercation outside of a bar.

The senior was arrested Saturday and accused of tackling a police officer and punching him during the altercation. Butler was charged Tuesday with felony counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official. 

Head coach Brian Kelly has already announced an indefinite suspension for Butler, as he was already out until October with a broken foot. 

After Butler's court appearance at St. Joseph Superior Court on Wednesday, he declined comment. Butler is scheduled for an initial hearing on Sept. 1.

Notre Dame CB Devin Butler formally charged with two felonies

Notre Dame CB Devin Butler formally charged with two felonies

Notre Dame senior cornerback Devin Butler was formally charged Tuesday in St. Joseph Superior Court with resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official, both of which are felonies. 

Butler was suspended indefinitely by coach Brian Kelly on Sunday after prosecutors requested a delay in deciding whether or not to formally charge Butler with those two offenses. Butler was arrested early Saturday morning outside the Linebacker Lounge, a popular bar near Notre Dame's campus, after an altercation with two police officers in which he also allegedly shoved a woman. 

A Notre Dame spokesperson said Saturday that "Any student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university." 

Butler will be arraigned Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. 

When officers arrived at the Linebacker early Saturday morning, they reported a scuffle between two women in which one woman kicked the other in the head. When they approached that woman to arrest her for battery, Butler allegedly "lunged" at the woman who kicked the other and forcibly shoved her "by her head and body, causing her to move approximately 3 to 4 feet," according to an affadavit. 

Butler was grabbed by an officer and told to stay back, but allegedly swore at officers and approached them. The two officers on the scene attempted to detain Butler, who then allegedly pushed an officer off balance, "picked him up over a curb and tackled" him to the ground. A struggle on the ground followed in which Butler allegedly struck an officer in the side and stomach "several times" as he continued to curse and threaten the officers.  

Butler allegedly then ripped a duty belt off another officer before he was struck by an officer, who deployed a Taser. The officer Butler scuffled with reported injuries to his elbow, wrist, neck, back and arm and was treated at Memorial Hospital and released.

According to the court documents, Butler apologized while being transported to the St. Joseph County Jail, "stating that he had been incredibly emotional and intoxicated." He posted $1,000 bond on Saturday and was released. 

Butler, who appeared in 37 games with three starts from 2013-2015, is recovering from a foot injury he initially suffered before the Fiesta Bowl and re-aggravated over the summer. He wasn't expected to be ready to play until mid-October at the earliest. 

Notre Dame gives sophomore WR Chris Finke a scholarship

Notre Dame gives sophomore WR Chris Finke a scholarship

Chris Finke is no longer a part of Notre Dame's walk-on player nation. 

The sophomore receiver, who impressed coaches during spring camp and carried that momentum into August, received a scholarship on Monday, according to multiple tweets from his teammates:

Finke, a 5-foot-9, 180 pound slot receiver who played with Irish quarterback Malik Zaire at Archbishop Alter High School in Dayton, Ohio, was one of Notre Dame's more consistent receivers during portions of preseason camp open to the media earlier this month. Coach Brian Kelly described Finke as "Robby Toma with more speed," a nod to the former Notre Dame slot receiver who caught 60 passes for 667 yards and one touchdown from 2009-2012. 

While Finke is squarely behind sophomore C.J. Sanders both as a slot receiver and punt returner, Kelly hasn't ruled out turning to the Kettering, Ohio native during the regular season. 

Finke is the first walk-on to earn a scholarship since Notre Dame gave one to running back Josh Anderson last August.