Notre Dame tight end Jake Golic transferring to Cincinnati

Notre Dame tight end Jake Golic transferring to Cincinnati

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]arlier this spring, former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel announced that he would transfer to Cincinnati. Now, a second Fighting Irish player will play for the Bearcats.

golicJake Golic, a fifth-year senior tight end, will spend his final year of eligibility at Cincinnati.

His father, former NFL and Notre Dame defensive tackle Mike Golic, announced the move on his “Mike and Mike” radio show Tuesday morning.

Shortly thereafter, Jake said via Twitter (@JGolic88):

“Can’t thank the ND family enough for all the love and support over the last 4 years at ND. You have made it a pleasure to be Irish! … With that being said, I am incredibly excited about the opportunity of attending the University of Cincinnati and being a #bearcat! ”

Golic (6-5, 245) appeared in five games at Notre Dame and did not catch a pass. He battled injuries throughout his career, and played behind standouts Kyle Rudolph and Tyler Eifert.

Cincinnati must replace tight end Travis Kelce, who was selected in the third round of last month’s NFL Draft by Kansas City. The Bearcats’ top returnees at tight end is senior Blake Annen, who saw action in 10 games last year, catching just 1 pass for 2 yards.

A 2-star recruit by Rivals.com in 2009, the Avon (Conn.) Northwest Catholic High product was selected as a U.S. Army All-American.

Golic has graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Industrial Design and will be eligible in 2013.

His older brother, Mike Golic Jr., completed his eligibility at Notre Dame last season. The offensive lineman went undrafted and signed a free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Photo credit: James Brosher / South Bend Tribune

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