Notre Dame’s football program lost a leader and playmaker on Friday as Avery Davis tore his other ACL, likely ending his college career.
It’s been a wild weekend for Notre Dame football program, as they finally named Tyler Buchner the starting quarterback ahead of their Week 1 battle against Ohio State. Buchner, who has long been the favorite to win the job, will make his first start against one of the top programs in the country, but now has time to work exclusively with 1s to prepare.
One of those 1 was lost for the season on Friday, and it couldn’t have happened to a better player and person. Since arriving on campus, Avery Davis has had to change positions, move up the ranks, and was on course to have a breakout season in 2022, much like Kevin Austin Jr. did. last year.
Davis was one of the few wide receivers with real game experience and was counted on to not only produce between the white lines on Saturday, but also to be a leader on the sidelines and in the locker room. He will still be able to lead this team from the sidelines, but not having him between the white lines could prove important for an offense with many question marks in 2022.
Notre Dame football attack with many questions
While the Irish answered one of their questions this weekend with Buchner named starter, questions remain. Hopefully the offensive line can avoid a major injury over the next few weeks, as they are one of the best units in the country, but the running back is thin, and now the wide receiver has taken a major hit.
The Irish don’t have time to put their heads down because the loss of Davis is important, but they must be prepared to fight against one of the best teams in the country. Guys like Lorenzo Styles Jr. and Braden Lenzy will need to step up with Davis, and Tobias Merriweather better be outstanding in Year 1 if that passing offense is going to be more than just tight end Michael Mayer.