Virginia Lands Second Notre Dame Transfer

    Virginia is looking for improved play across the board in 2017. Bronco Mendenhall added his second Notre Dame transfer of the offseason.

    February 8, 2017

    Virginia is looking for improved play across the board in 2017. Bronco Mendenhall added his second Notre Dame transfer of the offseason in hopes of improving the O-Line.


    After a two-win debut campaign at Virginia, Bronco Mendenhall is doing his best to rebuild the Cavaliers as quickly as possible.

    Improvement across the board is needed for the former BYU head coach to get his Cavaliers to the postseason. One avenue for a potential quick fix is adding transfers from other schools, which is exactly what the Hoos have done this offseason by adding their second former Notre Dame player. Offensive lineman Colin McGovern is headed to Charlottesville, according to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong. He will join fellow O-Lineman John Montelus as former Irish players using their final year of eligibility to play with the Cavs.

    McGovern started the first six games of the 2016 season for the Irish before getting sidelined by ankle injuries and concussions. Notre Dame had issues across the O-Line this past season, and McGovern’s play at guard was inconsistent when he was in the lineup. Even as a fifth-year senior, he faced competition for playing time in ’17 from Tommy Kraemer and Liam Eichenberg.

    Meanwhile, Montelus decided to head to Virginia this past December. He didn’t see much playing time at guard and also battled injury issues during his stay in South Bend. Fellow O-Lineman Hunter Bivin also has a fifth-year option but has not announced whether he will return to ND.

    The careers of McGovern and Montelus may not have generated a ton of special moments, but a new destination may be a boost to their collegiate careers. Virginia was in need of improved play across the O-Line, so getting a pair of veteran Irish players should help an ACC bottom-dweller. In particular, McGovern will not face the stiff competition for playing time at UVA as he would have had he stayed in South Bend.

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