Nov 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) runs after a pass reception as Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback KeiVarae Russell (6) defends during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
KeiVarae Russell – Sr. – Defensive Back – Notre Dame Football
KeiVarae Russell would have been one of Notre Dame’s four captains in 2014 if he was not suspended prior to the beginning of the season.
Anyone who has ever attended practice or has been close enough to the field to hear knows that Russell’s voice never stops. The majority of the time, Russell is barking at the opposing Wide Receiver. However, he also encourages his fellow Defensive Backs.
Russell faces an uphill battle to be a captain. His suspension probably prevents him from being a captain for two reasons. If Brian Kelly tapped Russell as a captain, it sends a terrible message to the administration, students and alumni of the University.
Most likely, the Notre Dame administration does not want it represented by someone who cheated in class. For players inside the Guglielmino Complex, it demonstrates a bad example. It shows that you can still be the top of leader on the team if you make such a critical mistake. However, on the contrary, Russell is an excellent example of a player who took his lumps and worked hard to get back to Notre Dame.
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