Last month Junior to be Gary Gray did not make the trip to Hawaii with the team for the Hawaii Bowl for personal reasons. Now it is bring reported that he is not enrolled at Notre Dame for the spring semester according to today’s South Bend Tribune.
Notre Dame sophomore cornerback Gary Gray, who missed the Hawaii Bowl for personal reasons, is not enrolled at ND for the spring semester.
That doesn’t mean he is necessarily done with Notre Dame. Federal privacy laws keep Weis tongue-tied on the subject, but the expectation is for a return to school and the team in the summer of 2009 for the 5-foot-11, 188-pound Columbia, S.C. product.
The best case scenario for Notre Dame right now would be if this was similar to what happened with Pat Kuntz last spring. Kuntz was not enrolled for the Spring semester but came back in time for fall camp.
Gray played quite a bit in 2008 and looked primed to challenge for a starting role in 2009 with Raeshon McNeil and Robert Blanton. Losing him would be a huge blow to the depth at cornerback on this team. Even if sophomore to be Robert Blanton ends up starting opposite Darrin Walls (assuming he returns) in 2009, losing Gray would leave the Irish with just one experienced corner to provide depth for the nickel and dime packages. As we found out at the tight end position this year, losing talented players at positions that may appear to be full of depth and talent can come back to bit you in the end.