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Staying or going? Brandon Newman

This week we are taking a look at each of Notre Dame's fourth-year scholarship players with eligibility remaining and examining whether he will likely return to the Irish next season. Here, we look at nose guard Brandon Newman.

Before Notre Dame: From Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville, Ky., Newman entered Notre Dame as ESPNU's No. 17 defensive tackle. He was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

At Notre Dame: The 6-foot, 303-pound Newman has played in just two games in his career, including this year's contest against Navy.

What's next?: A film, television and theatre major, Newman will prepare for the Irish's bowl game as a reserve noseguard, though he is not on the two-deep. He told The Observer last month that he plans to apply for a fifth year and will look to play somewhere else next season if it doesn't work out at Notre Dame.

The verdict: Going. Louis Nix has been great in the middle. Sean Cwynar, when healthy, has been a solid force as well and may return. Freshman Stephon Tuitt has also seen time there, leaving little to no room for Newman moving forward.

Previous players:

Braxston Cave

Lane Clelland

Dayne Crist

Sean Cwynar

Mike Golic Jr.

John Goodman

Kapron Lewis-Moore

Dan McCarthy

Anthony McDonald