Suffice to say, this hasn’t been a postcard last couple of weeks for Brian Kelly‘s Notre Dame football program on the off-field front.
The latest Irish player to find himself on the wrong side of the legal tracks is wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, who was one of nearly 30 individuals cited for consumption of alcohol by a minor on May 13. As to what led to the issue at a residence owned by Daniels’ parents in Vernon Hills (Ill), the Chicago Tribune writes that “[p]olice said they were responding to a call for an ambulance when ‘all subjects were found to be participating in an underage party and had consumed alcohol while under the age of 21.'”
(Writer’s note: liberally insert “but for the grace of God go I” here, as well as “thanking said God for giving me really cool neighbors in a Podunk town growing up, including the chief of police who lived kitty-corner to us”)
One report stated that “police received an anonymous call just after midnight May 13″, which led to the citations.
A court appearance for the 19-year-old Daniels and all 28 other minors cited in the party incident is scheduled for June 14.
My personal opinion on the drinking age aside, Daniels becomes the third alcohol-related incident involving an Irish player this May. Quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were involved in an incident at an off-campus party earlier this month that resulted in multiple misdemeanors for the former and an intimidation charge for the latter.
In March of last year, All-American wide receiver Michael Floyd, a first-round pick in this past April’s NFL draft, nearly had his record-setting Notre Dame career derailed by the third of three alcohol-related arrests.
Ironically enough, Daniels, who redshirted as a true freshman in 2011, is being looked on as a receiver who could help alleviate the offensive production lost with Floyd’s departure for the NFL.
Entering the South Bend school as a four-star recruit in 2011, Daniels was rated as the No. 2 player at any position in the state of Illinois.