Elijah Shumate, Eliar Hardy Out for Stanford

Eliar Hardy - Suspended for Stanford
Navy Midshipmen quarterback Keenan Reynolds (19) is hit by Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Eilar Hardy (16) in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame’s depth took yet another hit on Friday as news broke that the Irish will be without safeties Eliar Hardy and Elijah Shumate for their showdown with Stanford on Saturday night according to the Chicago Tribune.

According to the Tribune, both Hardy and Shumate will not travel with the team to Palo Alto. Irish Illustrated tweeted that they were told the reason for both not making the trip stemmed from being alte for a team meeting by Hardy’s father.

Friday’s news is yet another blow for a defense that has been ravaged by injuries this year as the Irish get ready to face the most physical offense they have seen all year.  Compounding matters for the Irish is the fact that Shumate and Hardy are two of the better tackling safeties on the Notre Dame roster.

Notre Dame was already going to be without opening day starters Jarrett Grace and Louis Nix while having the limited services of hobbled players such as Sheldon Day, Ishaq Williams and Kona Schwenke.

With Shumate and Hardy out, Austin Collinsworth and Matthias Farley are going to have to step up their games – especially Farley who has had issues with tackling throughout the season including last week when a missed tackle turned a gain of a few yards into a near touchdown by BYU.  With the physical Stanford offense, both will need to play their best games of the season.

Eliar Hardy had been playing very well of late after being virtually written off by most fans.  Since the Irish have played the academies though, Hardy has been a regular for the Irish and displayed solid tackling – something Notre Dame will sorely need tomorrow night against the Cardinal.

Freshman Max Redfield and sophomore John Turner could also be asked to play larger roles for Notre Dame this weekend with Hardy and Shumate out.  If Notre Dame really gets in a bind, CJ Prosise played safety last year and could potentially fill in as an emergency reserve should the situation arise.

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  1. Shumate is our best tackler in the secondary. This will hurt, especially covering big tight ends Stanford always has. Collinsworth better be ready to cover and tackle in the box. If we can somehow slow their run game, it can be a game. That’s a big IF. Go irish.

  2. Huge blow Hardy has been impressive his tackling and play has been really impressive ESP the tackling future is bright with him Shumate and Redfield at safety gonna miss them ESP against Stanford Farley and collinsworth gonna have to play there best games of the season rap up boys! Downhill all night

  3. Well, irresponsibility to the team and I am guessing this was something they were fully aware of regarding consequences. As a fan, disappointing to see. It is what it is and that’s that.

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