Notre Dame Football: Kyle Hamilton Injured vs USC

Kyle Hamilton(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kyle Hamilton(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Notre Dame football star defender appears to have injured his right knee during the game against cross country rival USC.

Notre Dame starting safety Kyle Hamilton was helped off the field after making a tackle late in the first quarter against USC.

The injury came when the All American candidate pushed Trojans receiver Drake London out of bounds following a 29 yard reception and landed awkwardly on his right leg. Hamilton was unable to put any weight at all on his leg as he was being helped off the field by Irish trainers.

The Irish were leading 7-0 at the time of the injury. Hamilton immediately went to the tent where he’s still undergoing observation.

If Hamilton were to be out for the remainder of the game, it would be a big blow to the heart of the Notre Dame defense. USC quarterback Kedon Slovis was 5/6 for 73 yards prior to the injury.

Hamilton is second on the team in tackles and has three interceptions this season. He’s projected as a top ten pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

As the two teams head into halftime, the Irish are dominating USC, a great start to their second half of the college football season. The defense has stepped up big time in Hamilton’s absence, but his loss is still a big one.

It will be interesting to see how this one finishes up, as the Irish have had issues putting four quarters together. They are the better team, and a win against USC will go a long way in terms of confidence the rest of the 2021 season.

With a win, the Irish will move to 6-1 on the season, with another tough game ahead of them against the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. UNC had high hopes going into 2021, and have an excellent QB in Sam Howell, making that another high-profile matchup.