Former Notre Dame OL Matt Hegarty addresses transfer

IRISH STEW

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

For the first time since transferring from Notre Dame to Oregon to play out his final season of eligibility, Matt Hegarty addressed the decision this week.

"I loved Notre Dame. I'd do anything for the program," Hegarty told The Oregonian. "It was hard for me to take a step back and try to put a balance on it of, what's going to work the best for me while at the same time try to go into my last year of playing football thinking about my football future."

In the story, Hegarty — a 6-foot-4, 295-pound graduate student — says that Notre Dame's coaching staff asked him to cross train at the center, guard and tackle positions this spring, and that uncertainty led to his departure.

The Aztec, N.M., native played 34 career games at Notre Dame, splitting his time between center and guard. He started 10 games at center and one at guard in 2014.

Hegarty saw action in the first nine games of the 2012 season before suffering a minor stroke. He recovered and played in 12 games in 2013.

At Oregon, he'll attempt to snatch the open job as the starting center, replacing four-year starter Hroniss Grasu.

Notre Dame center Matt Hegarty (77) blocks BYU defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi (90) as quarterback Tommy Rees, right, looks to throw during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Notre Dame. SBT Photo/JAMES BROSHER