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KeiVarae Russell, CB

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Everett, WA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 190 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

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Strengths Weaknesses

Russell is a good-sized specimen with the profile to match up with bigger, physical targets as well as smaller receivers who rely on speed. He is a willing run defender with NFL-level ball skills, leading the Irish in passes defended (nine) in 2013, the last time he took the field for Notre Dame.

IN OUR VIEW: After missing all of last year and taking a redshirt, Russell technically has two years of eligibility remaining, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he emerges as one of the nation's better cornerback prospects this season and top 100 draft pick.

--Dane Brugler (8/24/15)

Player Overview

After sitting out the 2014 season due to academic issues, Russell was cleared and reinstated by the NCAA to play for the Irish in 2015. And talking to those close to the program, he is "Mr. Motivation" behind closed doors as he works his way back up the depth chart.
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08/18/2015 - Notre Dame CB KeiVarae Russell cleared by NCAA, reinstated...It's officially official: Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell will play for the Fighting Irish again in 2015. Brian Kelly confirmed the news at his Notre Dame media days press conference Tuesday, nearly three months after Russell posted the phrase "I'm back" to his Instagram account. Russell missed the entire 2014 season due to a school academic investigation. "By the way, KeiVarae is fully cleared by the NCAA and reinstated," Kelly told reporters. "So he's back with us. You like how I dropped that in there, right?"

Russell started the first 26 games of his Notre Dame career, earning 2012 freshman All-American honors and landing on multiple 2014 preseason award watch lists before the school opened an inquiry into what it called "potential academic dishonesty" in summer 2014. That inquiry also cost defensive end Ishaq Williams his 2014 season, and Kelly said Tuesday his status for 2015 is still to be determined. While that might be a disappointment for Irish fans (and for Kelly, and Williams), the news that there's officially nothing standing between the team's best cover corner and his return to on-field action is the kind that's worth celebrating. The Irish defense can now claim to return 11 starters -- 10 from 2014, plus the addition of Russell. If Kelly and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder have their schematic ducks in a row after an inconsistent 2014, this should be one of the nation's best defenses. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com



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