Durham Smythe is reportedly the latest Notre Dame starter lost for the year. (USATSI)
Notre Dame is off to a 2-0 start in 2015, but the injuries have already begun piling up fo the Irish. After losing starting defensive lineman Jarron Jones and cornerback Shaun Crawford in camp, starting running back Tarean Folston was lost in the opener against Texas.
In Week 2, starting quarterback Malik Zaire suffered a season-ending broken ankle against Virginia, and now the Irish have reportedly lost another starter on offense.
According to Irish Illustrated, starting tight end Durham Smythe will miss the rest of the 2015 season due to shoulder and knee injuries. Smythe sustained a shoulder injury against Texasbut played through the injury against Virginia, a game in which he injured his knee.
With Smythe out, Notre Dame will turn to Tyler Luatua, Nic Weishar and highly touted freshman Alize Jones. Smythe has the only two catches from the tight end spot this season for the Irish and none of the replacement options have ever had a reception.
This makes the task even more difficult for the Irish, which are about to begin an extremely difficult portion of the schedule, starting with Georgia Tech, and have to do so with backups taking over at quarterback, running back and tight end.
Source: CBS College FB