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Duke QB Riley Leonard transfers to Notre Dame


Former Duke quarterback Riley Leonard announced Tuesday that he has transferred to Notre Dame.

“A dream come true,” Leonard wrote on Twitter.

Leonard threw for 2,967 yards with 20 touchdowns and rushed for 699 yards and 13 scores in 13 games with the Blue Devils in 2022. He was limited by injury to just seven games this season, finishing with 1,102 yards passing and three touchdowns and rushing for 352 yards and four scores before entering the transfer portal last month.

The addition of Leonard is a welcome one for the Fighting Irish, who learned quarterback Sam Hartman will not play in the team’s upcoming Sun Bowl. Instead, Hartman will focus on preparing for the 2024 NFL Draft.

No. 16 Notre Dame (9-3) faces No. 19 Oregon State (8-4) in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 29 in El Paso, Texas, and expects sophomore Steve Angeli to line up in Hartman’s spot. Angeli had 272 yards and four touchdowns this season with 19 completions in 25 pass attempts and one interception.

Hartman, 24, played one season at Notre Dame after a prolific career at Wake Forest.

He completed 191 of 301 pass attempts for 2,689 yards with 24 touchdowns with eight interceptions in 2023.

–Field Level Media

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