The injury status of Dan MCarthy has been speculated about for the past few months, but the most recent reported had suggested that McCarthy would be ready for contact by June. A report published Sunday by the South Bend Tribune, however, is stating that McCarthy is likely to sit out the year as a medical redshirt.
Originally expecting to be ready to play football by June, Notre Dame’s safety recruit Dan McCarthy instead recently underwent corrective surgery on his neck and will likely use this season as a medical redshirt year.
McCarthy was injured in a high school playoff game for Youngstown, Ohio’s Cardinal Mooney High, where he played both quarterback and safety.
McCarthy played the rest of the game the night he was injured, and actually found out about the severity of the injury the next day.
This is indeed disappointing news because if healthy, McCarthy would have likely been at least a special teams contributor as a freshman. He is one of the most talent recruits we had sign on the dotted line this year on the defensive side of the ball and has a very bright future ahead of him once he gets passed this injury. Hopefully this medical redshirt year will allow Dan to fully recover and return to the field without missing a beat.
Here’s wishing Dan a full recovery.