Skip to content

Badger to depart on two-year mission, DB depth uncertain

Jul 12, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

For the second time this summer, an early-enrollee won’t be suiting up for the Irish this fall.

Both IrishSportsDaily.com and IrishIllustrated.com report that safety Chris Badger will embark on a two-year religious mission beginning in August, putting off both school and football for two years. Badger joins cornerback Spencer Boyd as freshman who left the Irish roster before ever suiting up for a game.

Both ISD and II got confirmation from family members of Badger, with Irish Illustrated getting the quote of record:

“(Chris) talked to coach Kelly and Chris said he was extremely
supportive about it,” Troy Badger said to IrishIllustrated.com. “He really thought that it would
be a great experience for him and allow Chris to develop physically and
maturity-wise and be able to come back. From my perspective in talking
to Chris is there wasn’t a question of whether or not his sport would be
held.”

The loss of Badger for two seasons isn’t a gigantic one with safeties Jamoris Slaughter and Harrison Smith set to start and Zeke Motta and Dan McCarthy filling out the two-deep, but the loss makes the depth at safety perilously thin.

While word is that the Irish plan to start incoming freshman Austin Collinsworth at wide receiver, this might be the move that forces Collinsworth to the defensive side of the ball, if only to see the field quicker and provide some depth.

If you’re looking for some next level analysis on this, you’ve got to think that some wires were crossed in the recruiting process this year with the coaching transition, because the Irish lost their first two early-entry recruits since they instituted the practice with Chris Stewart, James Aldridge and George West back in 2006. While Boyd was more a product of poor luck and personal issues (and he’s now headed home to play at South Florida after it was rumored he was going to West Virginia), you’ve got to think that Badger didn’t just spring the idea of a mission on the coaching staff in the last few months.

  1. 4TheTruth - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    This is something the kid strongly believes in… he has to pay his own way to go, the LDS church doesn’t pay for any of it. Most of these kids that serve LDS or “Mormon” missions have saved up by working summer jobs, etc. then they go for 2 years and do nothing but service and teach people about the gospel. They don’t recreate, watch tv, go to movies, dates or anything. They just go to serve. He wil be able to workout and stay in shape.
    Nice thing is, when he gets back we’ll have a 21 year old frosh, with all 4 years of eligibility.

  2. 4TheTruth - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    This is something the kid strongly believes in… he has to pay his own way to go, the LDS church doesn’t pay for any of it. Most of these kids that serve LDS or “Mormon” missions have saved up by working summer jobs, etc. then they go for 2 years and do nothing but service and teach people about the gospel. They don’t recreate, watch tv, go to movies, dates or anything. They just go to serve. He wil be able to workout and stay in shape.
    Nice thing is, when he gets back we’ll have a 21 year old frosh, with all 4 years of eligibility.

  3. Art Vandelay - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    @4TheTruth: I like the way you think….way to put a positive spin on it. I guess it will now be the “mission” of the trainers to keep the others in the secondary healthy. Good luck to Badger, it is an honorable thing he’s doing and I agree we shouldn’t lose sight of that fact.

  4. Kenny - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    The big questions: Will he still WANT to play football? Will he still be ABLE to play football?
    Football is a violent sport. Mormon missionaries really don’t have time to keep in football shape. They are given elastic bands for exercise. They teach the gospel of Jesus Christ for two years. Many come back with new priorities and football isn’t always on that list. Many come back and no longer want to “bash heads.” Some come back and look to get married and start a family. Some never regain their pre-mission conditioning, form and promise.
    Any advantage of being older is more than offset by the risks.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!