Notre Dame did not make it out of their week one battle with Michigan unscathed we learned on Sunday. Sophomore nose tackle Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa suffered a broken foot and will be out for 10 weeks according to Brian Kelly on Sunday.
“A broken foot. Fifth metatarsal,” Brian Kelly said on Sunday. “He’ll have surgery tomorrow. That’s usually something that takes about 10 weeks, so we’ll lose him for a considerable amount of time.
Tagovailoa-Amosa Could Return, Maintain Redshirt
Because of the new redshirt rules in the NCAA, Notre Dame could conceivably both get Tagovailoa-Amosa back this year and still retain a redshirt season for him.
“We’re hopeful we’ll get maybe some play out of him at the end of the year,” Kelly said. “If it’s 10 weeks, maybe we get considerable play with some light-game activity from him.”
With a timeframe of 10 weeks, that would put his return right at the end of the regular season – assuming an on-time recovery. New NCAA rules state that a player can play in four games at any point in the season and still retain a season of eligibility.
So let’s dream for one second. If Notre Dame were to make the playoffs and advance to the Championship game, Tagovailoa-Amosa could come back for the season finale at USC and play in both of those games and still retain his redshirt season.
Jayson Ademilola Moves Up
When Tagovailoa-Amosa went down, true freshman Jayson Ademilola got thrown into action. That will continue to be the case as Notre Dame replaces last year’s surprise freshman with another true frosh.
“Jayson will be put in a high-leverage situation,” Kelly said. “We have a lot of confidence in Jason. He’s ready to play really good football for us.”
In a perfect world Ademilola would have been eased into playing time instead of getting thrown onto the field this early, but perfect world scenarios rarely exists in football.
Ademilola clearly has the talent to play – that much was clear last night. What Notre Dame will need to do though is guard against him wearing down the way Tagovailoa-Amosa and Kurt Hinish did when they played more snaps than frosh DL ideally would.
To keep Ademilola fresh and to help replace Tagovailoa-Amosa, Notre Dame will also cross train starting nose tackle Jonathan Bonner and backup nose tackle Kurt Hinish at the three technique. Micah Dew Treadway was already pushing for playing time before Tagovailoa-Amosa’s injury as well and will get more playing time.
Losing a quality defensive lineman in the first game of the year is never a good thing – especially when big things are expected of that player. Notre Dame has depth to be able to withstand a loss like this and still keep a rotation going to keep all of the linemen fresh each week.