Notre Dame suffered a humbling 38-3 loss at the hands of USC Saturday night. Aside from the beating on the scoreboard, the Irish suffered a couple of key injuries along the way.
Mike Anello suffered what looked to be a serious leg injury trying to cover a punt. Anello was carted off the field with his leg in an air brace which suggests it was not a minor injury. Anello has been, hands down, the special teams MVP of the season and had an eye popping 22 tackles on special teams appearances alone this season. Notre Dame ranked #1 in the country in kick return coverage this season in large part because of Anello.
Armando Allen went down with a knee injury at the end of the first half and didn’t return to the game. Allen was replaced by James Aldridge in the second half and Aldridge did OK in his absence with 58 yards on 12 carries.
Darius Fleming was injured as well and was seen on the sidelines with his arm in a sling during the 2nd half. Fleming played quite a bit against USC and looked pretty good at times. He played wth a lot of heart and emotion – especially when he helmet popped off and he still kept pursuing the ball callier.
We’ll find out the availability of all three for any potential bowl game once the team gets back to South Bend most likely.