Notre Dame transfer announces he’s coming to YSU

VanGorder was primarily holder

for Fighting Irish

Staff report

The Youngstown State football team has apparently added a quarterback to the mix for 2018.

Montgomery VanGorder, a backup at Notre Dame for the past few seasons, announced via his Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon that he intends to transfer to Youngstown State and play his final season of eligibility with the Penguins.

VanGorder played in 11 of 12 games in 2017 for the Irish, who beat LSU 21-17 in the Citrus Bowl last week, but did not see action at quarterback. He was Notre Dame’s primary holder on field goals and extra-point kicks.

In 2016, he appeared in one game as a backup quarterback and was the scout-team QB during game-week practices. He served in the same role in 2014 and 2015, according to his bio on Notre Dame’s official athletics website,

“The past 4 years at Notre Dame have been absolutely incredible, VanGorder tweeted. I’m very thankful for all of my teammates and coaches who have been apart of my journey. With my 5th year of eligibility, I will be attending Youngstown State University. #GoPenguins,” VanGorder tweeted.

The 6-foot-1, 223-pound VanGorder committed to Notre Dame out of Buford (Ga.) High School in 2014. He was considered a dual-threat QB, according to the recruiting website

His father, Brian, was Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator from 2014-16. He was fired by Irish head coach Brian Kelly just four games into the 2016 season.

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