Senior Ronald Talley, who had emerged as a co-starter at right defensive end along with Chris Frome, has left the Notre Dame football team, according to a Thursday afternoon release by the University.
Talley had 11 tackles through the first six games. He was sharing time with Frome and was generally considered the run stopper of the defensive end tandem.
The University has not released any additional information pertaining to Talley's departure from the squad. Head coach Charlie Weis will not be available for comment until Monday at noon when he is scheduled for his regular weekly press conference.
According to the release, Talley's departure from the team "was mutually agreed upon."
Talley replaced Frome in the starting lineup midway through the 2005 season when Frome went down with a season-ending knee injury against USC.
Talley started four games for the Irish before going down with a knee injury of his own against Syracuse in the 10th game of the year. After missing the regular-season finale against Stanford, Talley returned to the starting lineup for the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State.
Talley finished with 23 tackles, 1 ½ tackles for lost yardage, one sack, two passes broken up and one fumble recovery in 2005.
Talley started the first three games of the 2006 season, but gave way to Frome in the starting lineup against Michigan State. Frome's playing time had nearly doubled Talley's at the midway point of the season.
When contacted by Irish Illustrated, Brian Hardin-Notre Dame's director of football media relations-said he had no further details beyond the three-sentence release by the University. Hardin said he did not know the reason for Talley's departure from the team, nor did he know if Talley would be leaving school.
Hardin reiterated that there would be no additional information from Notre Dame pertaining to Talley's situation until Weis' press conference Monday.
Talley arrived at Notre Dame in the fall of 2004 after a stellar prep career at Renaissance High School in Detroit where he made 202 tackles, including 42 tackles for loss, in his final two years in the program.
Talley recorded a 3.042 grade-point average in the fall semester of '05. He is enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, with majors in film, television and theatre as well as computer applications.