Back Injury Ends Springmann's Football Career (VIDEO)

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

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    Notre Dame defensive lineman Tony Springmann

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August 1, 2014 Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 7:25 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (21Alive) - Notre Dame defensive lineman Tony Springmann's football career is over due to a back injury.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced Springmann will no longer play for the Fighting Irish at a press conference on Friday.

"He will be a medical situation for us, and so Tony will no longer be playing football," Kelly says. " Tony has done a great job of mentoring a lot of our younger players in the program. He's shown great leadership, great resolve in coming back from his knee injury, and he'll stay connected with our program."

Springmann, a nose guard from Bishop Dwenger High School, missed the entire 2013 season following surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Springmann recorded 4 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in 6 career games for the Irish.

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