Former 4-star recruit and current Notre Dame Tight End Mike Heuerman will miss the majority of fall camp. Heuerman underwent surgery to repair a hernia.
Heuerman did not see game action during his Freshman season. The Tight End from Naples, Florida was fighting to backup Senior Tight End Ben Koyack. However, it appeared that fellow Sophomore Durham Smythe would win the backup position. Heuerman’s injury almost guarantees that Smythe will be the backup to Koyack.
If Heuerman is unable to play at all, one of the Freshman Tight Ends will have to step up to give Notre Dame depth. This would be either La Mirada, California’s Tyler Luatua or Midlothian, Illinois’ Nic Weishar.
Each Tight End brings their own unique skill set to the fray. Luatua is more physically prepared to play college football. He should be able to help Notre Dame in the blocking game if needed. Weishar has great pass catching skill. He may have the best upside of both Tight Ends. However, Weishar may not be physically prepared to help the Irish this year.
Heuerman should return sometime later in August. But, a hernia injury is difficult to overcome. It is impossible to work out with that injury. He will likely not be in great shape in late August.