Keenan Sweeney went from Auburn walk-on to scholarship player on an SEC West championship team to a graduate transfer for one the nation’s elite programs.
What a ride for the Tigers fullback.
On Tuesday, he announced via a private Instagram account he will continue his football career as a graduate transfer for coach Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
He started the announcement with a quote from Auburn legend Bo Jackson.
“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there,” Sweeney wrote.
“Very excited to say I’ll be attending the University of Notre Dame to get my Masters in Global Health. No better way to finish my football career [than] at the university I grew up loving. Go Irish!”
Sweeney will be a third-generation Notre Dame football player, according to a report from The Ledger-Enquirer’s Jordan Hill.
“Sweeney has several connections to Notre Dame,” Hill wrote. “His grandfather Jim played fullback at Notre Dame in the 1940s, and his father, John, played running back and tight end for the Fighting Irish from 1979 to 1982. Sweeney’s brother Aidan finished his swimming career at Notre Dame.”
Sweeney, who played in six games for the Tigers during the 2017 season, made headlines in 2016 when he received a scholarship from Auburn coach Gus Malzahn after contributing to the team as a walk-on since 2014.
The All-SEC Academic Honor Roll regular will have one season of eligibility remaining to use with the Fighting Irish this fall.