Notre Dame was without the services of Darrin Walls last year while the senior to be was not enrolled in school, but that won’t be the case in 2009. Walls was enrolled at Notre Dame once again this week as Notre Dame started the semester Monday.
Losing Walls was a major blow in 2008 even though Raeshon McNeil, Robert Blanton, and Gary Gray all played well in his absence. Walls looked primed to take the leap towards All American status after a very impressive first year starting in 2007 as a true sophomore. Walls, however, missed the entire season for “personal reasons”.
Walls is almost certainly step right into a starting role again for 2009. He might not start out the spring as a starting cornberback since its likely the coaches will make him earn that role again, but I have very little doubt he will be anywhere other than first on the depth chart by the time the Blue Gold Game comes around.
With Gary Gray officially not enrolled this semester, the return of Walls is very good news for Notre Dame. He will have two years of eligibility left heading into this season and will likely be joined in the starting lineup by either McNeil or Blanton.