The Notre Dame football program lost a leader and a playmaker on Friday, as Avery Davis tore his other ACL, likely ending his collegiate career.
It has been a wild weekend for the Notre Dame football program, as they finally named Tyler Buchner the starting quarterback ahead of their Week 1 battle against Ohio State. Buchner, who has long been the favorite to earn the job, will make his first start against one of the best programs in the country, but now has the time to work exclusively with the 1s to get prepared.
On Friday, one of those 1s was lost for the season, and it could not have happened to a better player and person. Since stepping on campus, Avery Davis has had to switch multiple positions, earn his way up the depth chart, and was poised to have a breakout season in 2022, much like Kevin Austin Jr. did last year.
Davis was one of only a few wide receivers with any kind of real playing experience and was going to be counted on not only to produce between the white lines on Saturdays, but to be a leader on the sidelines, and in the locker room. He will still be able to lead this team on the sidelines, but not having him between the white lines could prove large for an offense with many question marks in 2022.
Notre Dame football offense with plenty of questions
While the Irish answered one of their questions this weekend with Buchner being named the starter, questions remain. Hopefully, the offensive line can avoid a major injury in the next few weeks, as it is one of the best units in the country, but running back is thin, and now wide receiver has taken a major hit.
The Notre Dame football team has some depth issues at running back, but that only means a big season could be coming from Chris Tyree.
There is no time for the Irish to hang their heads, as the loss of Davis is a big one, but they have to prepare to battle against one of the best teams in the country. Guys like Lorenzo Styles Jr. and Braden Lenzy will have to step up in a big way with Davis out, and Tobias Merriweather better be outstanding in Year 1 if this passing offense is going to be more than just tight end, Michael Mayer.