The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and head coach Brian Kelly received some bad news this week from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Torii Hunter Jr., arguably their top wide receiver recruit, broke his left leg during a 1-on-1 drill in practice. Hunter Jr., one of the top receivers in the nation, could miss up to a year after recovery and rehabilitation. At that point, if he could not participate, Hunter Jr. would receive a redshirt and have four years of eligibility left.
This devastating injury will not hurt the Fighting Irish in the upcoming year at the wide receiver position. With freshman Davonte Neal waiting in the wings they will have no trouble improving their passing game in the years to come. Neal, a 5-foot-11, 182 pound speedster, only saw limited action this year for the championship bound Irish. However, with T.J. Jones and Robby Toma graduating this year, there will be competition during spring practice for playing time. Redshirt freshman DaVaris Daniels, expected to improve and become a number one receiver for the Irish, hauled in 25 balls for 375 yards in his first collegiate season.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver out of Prosper High School in Texas will fit perfectly into Brian Kelly’s receiving corps for the next four years with his adequate speed (4.5 40-yard dash), good hands, and solid routes. Hunter Jr. was not expected to make an immediate impact on offense during the 2013 season, with the plethora of talented receivers already on the roster, but he could have been an asset on special teams for the Fighting Irish.