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Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt will enter the 2014 NFL Draft

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Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt will conclude his college career with 21.5 sacks.

Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, telling Sports Illustrated of his intentions Sunday night.

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Tuitt (6-foot-6, 312 pounds) asserted himself as a sophomore during the Fighting Irish's undefeated regular season, recording 12 sacks, the second-best tally in school history. And while the ND defense took a step back this season, Tuitt led the team with nine tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

Showing that kind of disruptive presence in Notre Dame's 3-4 base defense, Tuitt will be a valued commodity that could stay in that position or kick inside in a 4-3 alignment. Wherever he lines up, Tuitt projects as a potential first-round pick.

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