While the college football transfer portal generally seems to work against smaller programs most of the time, Monday provided a reminder that sometimes blue bloods get hit too.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Chris Tyree announced on his Instagram that he would be leaving Notre Dame as a graduate transfer and heading elsewhere next season.
Tyree led the Irish in receiving yards this year with 484 to go along with three touchdowns and 26 receptions.
Notre Dame WR Chris Tyree is entering the transfer portal, per his Instagram. pic.twitter.com/IMUZsFLzyw
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“I’d like to start by saying thank you to the entire Notre Dame community for giving me the experience of a lifetime as a student-athlete,” Tyree said in the post. “I am especially grateful to my coaches, professors, friends, and most importantly my teammates for making this journey unforgettable. My love for this university will never waver, and I will always be proud to say that I earned my degree from Notre Dame. The relationships that I’ve built over the last four years will be cherished for the rest of my life. Notre Dame will forever hold a special place in my heart. After many conversations and prayer, I’ve come to the heartfelt decision to enter my name into the transfer portal as a graduate.”
Originally a running back, Tyree amassed 82 receptions and 945 total receiving yards in his Notre Dame career. 2023 was his first season as a full-time wide receiver. He rushed for 1,181 yards and an additional eight touchdowns during his time in the South Bend backfield.
A Virginia native, Tyree chose Notre Dame in 2020 over the Alabama Crimson Tide, Oklahoma Sooners, and others. It’s unclear where he will end up as a grad transfer, but will likely be one of the top skill players in the portal.