Nyles Morgan Stripped of Notre Dame Captaincy Ahead of 2018 Citrus Bowl

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2018

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 02: Nyles Morgan #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in action during a game against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on September 2, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. The Irish won 49-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Notre Dame linebacker Nyles Morgan was stripped of his captaincy for the Citrus Bowl due to "an internal matter," according to Mitch Sherman of ESPN.

Monday's game against LSU will be the senior's final game of his collegiate career, but he did not have a "C" on his jersey and was forced to come off the bench.Β Te'Von Coney replaced him in the starting lineup.

Angelo Di Carlo of WNDU provided a picture of Morgan without the captain's patch during warmups:

Angelo Di Carlo @angdicarlo

Notre Dame confirms linebacker Nyles Morgan stripped of captaincy for today's game. Internal team matter. He will play in the game. Unclear if he will start or not. This is the final game of his career. https://t.co/hHgJC28FzC

Morgan eventually entered the game and was involved in a sack against LSU.

Per the team'sΒ official site, the senior ranks second on the team with 83 tackles on the season entering the day. He added 6.5 tackles for loss and six quarterback hits.

Morgan also led the team with 94 tackles in 2016 to earn a spot on the Butkus Award watch list as one of the best linebackers in the country. Monday's game was the player's 50th of his career, competing as a regular on the defensive side of the ball since his true freshman year.

Unfortunately, an unknown incident has left a negative mark on his resume and could potentially create more questions as he tries to earn a spot in the NFL next season.


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