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Notre Dame CB, LB likely to miss spring

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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.

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.

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16 Responses to “Notre Dame CB, LB likely to miss spring”
  1. jason1214 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:28 PM

    Notre Dame learned a valuable lesson…scheduling BC, Purdue, Navy, etc does you no good. Join the ACC already.

  2. ttalarico says: Jan 29, 2013 12:38 PM

    And the ACC doesn’t schedule weak teams?

    Even Alabama does and quite a few also.

  3. kiopta1 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:44 PM

    Every team in all the major conferences schedule a few “easy” games. Some choose far easier games. As for ND, some of those teams are match ups that have tremendous history to them. For instance, Navy and ND will play as long as Navy wants because during the World War Navy Made it possible for ND to continue living as a university. Nearly every team ND play used to be a heated rivalry to some degree…but as with all rivalries they have down years or even decades.

  4. ttalarico says: Jan 29, 2013 12:57 PM

    A good example of that is Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State. For years, Oklahoma would just kill State every year. Now, however, State has really improved their program and can play with Oklahoma. What goes around, comes around, usually.

  5. jason1214 says: Jan 29, 2013 1:41 PM

    Tremendous history or not…didnt help ND in the title game did it? Yes every team has a few gimmes, but most good teams would go undefeated with ND’s schedule.

  6. ttalarico says: Jan 29, 2013 2:21 PM


    You’re kidding, right?

    If you’re not, you don’t know anything about NCAA football!

  7. ttalarico says: Jan 29, 2013 2:24 PM


    Like, did you know that ND’s schedule prior to the beginning of the season was ranked as the toughest schedule in the country??? Yes, in the country!

    Now it didn’t work out that way but that is what all the “experts” said it was. Even tougher than all the SEC schools!!

    How else can ND better their schedule if it is ranked the toughest in the country?

  8. tony34343434 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:45 PM

    too bad Bama had to cheat with PED”S to win.



  9. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jan 29, 2013 6:27 PM

    tony, as much as id love that to be true..lets be fair to Bama and wait for the facts to come out…i know, its more than what their fans gave Manti, but AJ McCarran stood up for Manti so this is one ND fan returning the favor in kind.

  10. jason1214 says: Jan 29, 2013 7:14 PM

    Wow, you ND fans are touchy. Yeah Alabama, Fla, Ohio St, Georgia,Oregon, and a few others could have run the table with Wake Forest, Navy, BC, Pitt, Purdue on their schedule. Get over it.

  11. mannydomer61 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:11 PM

    Jason 1214

    Hmmm let’s see Ohio st did run the table with the 67th ranked schedule Oregon lost to a team that ND beat Florida lost to a big east team and Georgia crushed by that same Florida team that lost to a big east team. Really not sure where you are going with this

  12. mannydomer61 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:13 PM

    Sorry crushed by south Carolina (Georgia)

  13. jason1214 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:40 PM

    Im getting you folks all riled up, thats where I’m going with it.

  14. matthewmacisaac says: Jan 29, 2013 8:45 PM

    I don’t think PEDs played a role in the title game, unless Alabama had 55 gallon drums of steroids in the locker room. I’m a ND fan and every player on the tide outplayed every player on ND. Now it might come out 1 or 2 players did cross the line but I’m sure the other 9 or 10 just manhandled their counterpart. Ped’s didn’t put the schemes out there that had Golston unaware what the defense was doing. That defense returned him to the confused freshman he was at the beginning of the season. The Irish have got to face it, they faced a teamthat doesn’t allow you to get away with mistakes and they made a ton of them. They got spanked. Now they see where the bar is set and they must figure out how they are going to clear it.

  15. fnc111 says: Jan 30, 2013 2:21 AM

    ND played 10 bowl teams in 2012. But trolls will be trolls. All ND has to do is basically schedule one SEC team each year and it should quiet the haters down. But SEC teams won’t travel out of the south. Only LSU travels sometimes.

    I mean Jason unless you are 12 your act is old. ND has USC, Arizona State, Stanford, Oklahoma, Texas, Miami, MSU, Rutgers, Northwestern, and Michigan on either future or upcoming schedules. ND isn’t ducking anyone. In fact with the ACC agreement approaching they will be taking on teams like Florida State, Va Tech, Georgia Tech, and Clemson as well. Keep picking out Navy and Purdue but two teams would mash North Texas and Jacksonville St- the teams the SEC schedules.

  16. 1historian says: Jan 30, 2013 7:30 AM

    ND should not have been there. But they were. There were a few games (Pitt being the most obvious) they should have lost during the season but they got really lucky and won them.

    Their being Notre Dame – if all the other teams have one loss and ND is unbeaten – what do you expect?

    In the game itself Alabama couldn’t have played better, Notre Dame couldn’t have played worse.

    FYI – I am an ND fan and next week is NSD.

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