Notre Dame takes graduate transfer in former Northwestern WR Bennett Skowronek

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

Former Northwestern team captain Bennett Skowronek is now a Notre Dame wide receiver.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Skowronek announced Wednesday via Twitter that he signed with the Irish as a graduate transfer. He will enroll for the spring semester and be eligible to play his final season in 2020. 

Skowronek’s final season at Northwestern ended at game three after he suffered an undisclosed injury that required surgery in September. He entered the transfer portal on Dec. 2 and chose Notre Dame after visiting for the Echoes Awards show.

The Irish never extended a scholarship offer to the former three-star recruit out of the 2016 class despite his proximity at Fort Wayne (Ind.) Homestead. But Skowronek eventually made a name for himself as a two-year starter at Northwestern. He tallied 110 receptions for 1,417 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 43 career games.

Skowronek brings experience and leadership to a position group that lost Chase Claypool and Chris Finke. None of Notre Dame's returning receivers recorded more than 11 receptions this past season. Skowronek figures to play outside receiver and will compete for time with projected starters Braden Lenzy and Kevin Austin and others. 

The Irish have previously accepted grad transfers from wide receivers Cam Smith (Arizona State) and Freddy Canteen (Michigan), cornerback Cody Riggs (Florida) and safeties Avery Sebastian (California) and Isaiah Pryor (Ohio State). Pryor signed with Notre Dame in December and has two years of eligibility remaining.

In Notre Dame’s 31-21 victory at Northwestern in 2018, Skowronek secured a one-handed grab for a seven-yard gain that converted a fourth-and-5.

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Former Northwestern wide receiver Bennett Skowronek (88) makes a one-handed catch against Notre Dame on Nov. 3, 2018.