And in Notre Dame news that is not related to Manti Te’o and, as far as we can tell, very much real, two key Irish defenders are likely to miss spring because of offseason surgeries.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said on a Tuesday morning teleconference that cornerback Bennett Jackson (pictured) and linebacker Dan Fox both underwent shoulder surgeries. The result of those procedures, however, will likely mean the two will sit out this spring.
#NotreDame Brian Kelly said CB Bennett Jackson, LB Dan Fox both had shoulder surgeries, both likely out for spring practice.
— Tony Krausz (@JGIrishInsights) January 29, 2013
Jackson and Fox finished third and fourth on the team in total tackles with 65 and 63, respectively. Additionally, Jackson had four picks and a fumble recovery while Fox had one sack for a loss of two yards. The pair is expected to once again play an important role on an Irish defense that was among the best in college football in 2012. Until Alabama rolled into Miami, that is.