Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame football program suffered a big setback on Wednesday when it was learned that freshman cornerback Shaun Crawford will be out for the season after he tore his ACL in Wednesday’s practice.
The 5’11”, 170-pound freshman from Lakewood, Ohio, was competing for time in Notre Dame’s secondary and had been recently taking reps at nickelback. According to Nick Ironside of Irish247, Crawford was gelling in practice and was impressing many on the staff, as he combined a great deal of speed with natural instinct.
“Shaun Crawford, that guy just continues to show up around the ball,” said offensive coordinator Mike Sanford (via Ironside). “It’s unbelievable. He shows up and he comes at the football with an unbelievable head of steam and sees it well.”
While the injury stings, the Irish do have nice depth at corneback with Cole Luke and KeiVarae Russell likely to start on the outside. Grad student Matthias Farley and sophomore Nick Watkins are expected to provide depth at defensive back.
Crawford was regarded as a four-star recruit in the 2015 class according to 247 Sports. He was ranked as the 113th best player in the country and 14th best cornerback. He will effectively use the year as a redshirt now.