Coney makes most of second chance at Notre Dame
Three years ago, Palm Beach Gardens senior Te'Von Coney was the top recruit in the county, and among his college finalists were Miami and Notre Dame.
This week those two schools play each other in the biggest game in America, with Coney on the visitor's sideline in Miami, making the most of a second chance.
Notre Dame stole one of South Florida's prized recruits in 2015 - Palm Beach Gardens linebacker Te'Von Coney, spurned Miami and Florida to head to South Bend.
But days as a member of the Fighting Irish almost came to an end in August of 2016.
He along with four of his teammates were arrested after a traffic stop, charged with marijuana possession.
One of those players was dismissed from the team, but Coney was not.
And now he is making the most of his second chance.
"I made a mistake and embarrassed the university, my family and myself," says Coney. .
Coney leads the Irish in tackles and tackles for loss this season, and he leads the Irish into Miami Saturday in a battle pitting two teams ranked in the top seven in the country..
"I'm working to become a better person. I've seen improvement in myself. I have a great opportunity to be here. It's a privilege to be here to have the chance to do the things that I'm doing right now."
Maybe call it the luck of the Irish that Coney got a second chance. But luck has nothing to do with how he's making the most of it.