Notre Dame linebacker Te'von Coney enters plea agreement for marijuana possession

South Bend Tribune report
ND Insider

FULTON COUNTY — A University of Notre Dame football player was given a year of probation on Tuesday after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana.

Te'von Coney — a senior linebacker and the team's leader in tackles (116) and tackles for loss (13) in 2017 — entered into a plea agreement Tuesday in Fulton Superior Court. The judge approved the agreement, which sentenced Coney to a year of probation. 

Coney, along with former Notre Dame players wide receiver Kevin Stepherson, safety Max Redfield and cornerback Ashton White, were arrested in August 2016 for possession of marijuana after an Indiana State Police trooper made a traffic stop in Fulton county.

The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native is expected to be eligible to play out his final season of eligibility in 2018. In an interview with the Tribune earlier this month, ninth-year Irish head coach Brian Kelly said, “If he takes care of it in the manner I expect him to, he should be full go, ready to play when we get to (August training) camp."

Coney's presence, of course, is paramount to the success of the Notre Dame defense in 2018. A 6-foot-1, 238-pound senior middle linebacker, Coney has compiled 191 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and three sacks in his first three seasons in South Bend.

On Tuesday morning, Coney tweeted a single word:


Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly talks to player Te'von Coney (4) before the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring football game Saturday, April 21, 2018, inside Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.