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Jamoris Slaughter lost for year with Achilles injury

Sep 16, 2012, 3:05 PM EST

Jamoris Slaughter

Notre Dame may have won a huge battle with their 20-3 victory over No. 10 Michigan State, but they lost a key cog to their defense. Brian Kelly confirmed the worst for senior safety Jamoris Slaughter who suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the third quarter of the Irish victory and will be lost for the season.

The fifth year senior was expected to anchor a young Irish secondary along with safety Zeke Motta. A group that’s already suffered season-ending injuries to presumed starting cornerback Lo Wood and safety Austin Collinsworth, will now continue with converted wide receiver Matthias Farley in Slaughter’s place.

“You lose a Jamoris Slaughter, you’re losing an ‘A’ player,” Kelly said Sunday. “Matthias is certainly not at the level yet of a Jamoris Slaughter. He has to continue to develop, but we have a lot of confidence and trust in him. He’ll be getting a lot of work back there.”

After looking shaky in man coverage against Navy, the Irish secondary has toughened against two Big Ten opponents, holding both Purdue and Michigan State to less than 200 yards passing. Even more impressive, the Irish will now be doing it with three starters that began their Irish careers on the offensive side of the ball, with Bennett Jackson and Farley starting as wide receivers, and freshman KeiVarae Russell originally pegged as a running back.

The freshman cornerback earned Kelly’s praise for his work against the Spartans, and it appears the youthful back-end of the defense — which also featured a healthy dose of freshman Elijah Shumate on passing downs — have settled in quickly thanks to the coaching of co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks and new safeties coach Bob Elliott.

“KeiVarae Russell has probably been the guy that makes us feel pretty good about what’s going on,” Kelly said. “He was challenged in one-on-one matchups and came out of it on positive note.

“You’re worried if you feel you have to hide them out there. We don’t have to hide those guys, they just need to continue to develop.”

That development will be accelerated even more with Slaughter’s departure. The fifth-year senior, who didn’t see action as a freshman and was plagued by an ankle injury throughout the 2010 season, may have an opportunity to explore a sixth year, though any decision there is likely to come down the line.

 

  1. bernhtp - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Losing two DBs with Achilles ruptures is freakishly bad luck. Next man in and pray they can raise their games.

  2. dickasman - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Unfortunate but look at the bright side, I presume he can apply for another year? He should be back on a better team next year and you betta believe he ll be a welcome addition next year.

    • bernhtp - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      He’s already a fifth year grad, so he would need a sixth year exemption. I assume that 2.5 games is within the limit for not counting the season?

      Very bad. Jamoris would be a great addition in any year, but is most needed now.

      I also don’t know if his personal situation – girlfriend/wife and baby – allows him to go to school for another year.

      • dickasman - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Guys I am watching all these football games(college and the pros) and noticing very significant amount of injuries. Maybe it always has been like this and what’s going on in nfl has me noticing it more but I think they may have to expand the roster or limit the number of plays each players are allowed per game, etc? Maybe in the nfl first but football is getting more violent by the week it seems. Injuries are gettingbout of hand. Something’s got to give somewhere.

        I guess my thoughts are for nfl mostly but it always filter down.

      • dickasman - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        Bern, is he allowed to get a job since he’s graduated and play ball? Probably not…well in that case, da hell with football, that’s why you go to nd. He should have no problem finding a job, even in this stinkhole of economy. Btw, I have my own small biz and regular job and I foking hate democrats w a passion! Tax tax tax tax n more tax. FU! I mean the gators of course…

      • dickasman - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        Btw, I don’t mind paying taxes for Jamoris’ 9 kids if he got any for another year. At least he’s productive!

      • irishbornraised - Sep 16, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        A special case involves the eligibility of a player who loses the majority of a season to injury. Popularly known as a medical redshirt, a hardship waiver may be granted an athlete who appears in fewer than 30% of his or her team’s competitions (with none coming after the midway point of the season), then suffers a season-ending injury. A player who is granted such a waiver is treated for the purposes of his or her eligibility as though he or she had not competed in that season.
        – Wikipedia

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redshirt_(college_sports)

        He’s eligible, not sure if he’ll get it
        If you go to the link, it tells the story of Case Keenum, seems like he had it easier than Slaughter

      • irishbornraised - Sep 16, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        Agree with you dick, but this is neither the time nor the place. The Irish just won, smile!

      • ndirish10 - Sep 16, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        Dickasman, please don’t ever mention politics or taxes on this blog. This is the only place we can enjoy coming to without hearing someone mention a dirty republican or dirty democrat. Let’s Go Irish!!! Beat Michigan!!!

  3. jmfinsd - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Best wishes to JS for a complete recovery. Definitely a loss. But secondary played well when JS went out in Purdue game and MSU game. Motta has been doing great work directing the defensive backfield. He’ll keep it up. And fortunately we have a front 7 that will keep up pressure.

  4. aceinthehole12 - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Front seven needs to be huge and force mistakes. Still have high hopes for this team/season.

    • dickasman - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Yeah I’m not complaining but I’d love to see some more relevant takeaway. When’s the last time we had a fumble recovery? Yeah, I maybe nitpicking but we strive to be the best we can be, right?(insert any ol gay cliches here).ummmm yeah we take it game by game,etc…

      • aceinthehole12 - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        Nah I definitely agree with you. This whole team is a work in progress but last night was a HUGE step forward after the disaster that could have been against Purdue.

  5. bostonjan - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    bummer…..any word on Shelton Day?

    • dickasman - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      I believe it’s Sheldon but he should be ok. He finished the game didn’t he?

      • halfwhitey - Sep 16, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Yeah he definitely came back in. Or at least someone that looked like him did. Maybe Ishaq got way chubbier during the week?

  6. idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    FYI,

    Medical redshirt is 30% of competitve season’s games. FB = 3.6 games

    • dickasman - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Sweet, I hope he comes back

  7. fitz79 - Sep 16, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Losing JS is a blow, but it doesn’t feel quite so bad after the way all the young guys in the secondary played. Not to mention our front 7, who are like a brick wall! Hope to see you back next year JS.

    • ndirish10 - Sep 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      Huge blow if the dline doesn’t consistently play and like they did last night. If they do then the young secondary will get better.

  8. halfwhitey - Sep 16, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    As long as the opposition keeps throwing the ball to Shumate’s man on 3rd down, the defense will be fine.

  9. irishirish777 - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Sorry to hear about JS but we won against Sparty with him. If the Irish d plays like this the rest of the season we will be in a good position. Go Irish!!! Beat Michigan under the lights at home!!!

  10. irishbornraised - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Good, Bad and Ugly? Opposition round up?
    Don’t spend all your time celebrating

  11. yllibnosredna - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Sorry, but in the long run, this is a player we really could not afford to lose. I’ll admit that so far, Slaughter has not looked amazing this season, but I think his experience and skill set would have been so valuable against the more efficient aerial attacks that ND will see in October and November. Once again, “next man in” sounds great, but it can only hold so much weight against this rigorous schedule.

    If you became fearful when Lo Wood went down with the same injury in August, you can almost bank on a drop-off in play in the secondary with the loss of Slaughter. The former was replaceable, the latter guy not so much. M. Farley looks decent, but with the rest of the youth in the secondary (sans Motta), I don’t see him proving to be anywhere near the asset that’s required at the back end of this secondary.

    That being said, I think that we’ll be fine against Michigan (I still maintain that D. Robinson–despite his supreme athleticism– is one of the worst passing QB’s in D-1 college football) as well as against Miami (too much unproven youth and too much program instability), but after that we could easily get boat-raced by the superior passing attacks of BYU, Oklahoma, and USC. I just think these are really bad match-ups for us, and I’d take a showdown with any other top 15 smash-mouth/grind-it-out squad (a la Mich. State, Stanford) long before I’d like to see ND face off against any opponent with an even slightly better than average passing game.

    Despite such a cynical outlook on the gravity of this injury, I must admit that I am tremendously impressed with the play of this young secondary– All things considered, Shumate and Russell have been OUTSTANDING. Jackson and Motta have been solid as well. Hat’s off to Diaco as so far he’s done a masterful job of abating the glaring Achilles heel (no pun intended) of this defense, but at some stage it’s going to get a hell of a lot more difficult than Trey Miller, Terbush/Marve, and a green A. Maxwell and despite their competitiveness, over–achievement, and bright future in 2013 and 2014, this secondary’s inexperience–I believe–may very well cost us at least a couple of games.

    I reserve the right to be totally off-base on this “conjecture” and really hope Diaco and this dominant front seven impress even further. But I just don’t see how you mitigate the loss of a talent like Slaughter (not to mention the depth and experience that Lo Wood and Collinsworth would have provided) with a couple true freshmen (one a running back in H.S. this time last year the other a more natural safety) along with a former wide receiver and a hard-hitting, good tackling but frankly below average in pass coverage safety. Once again, sorry but I just don’t see that being a favorable personnel scenario against this gauntlet of a schedule.

    Nonetheless, I really do like this team and the direction in which this program appears to be headed in the next few years. I would still be ecstatic with a 9-3 regular season record come December.

  12. irish4006 - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Too early to talk about 9-3, 10-2, nine hundred – .008, whatever. Game by game, guys. Game by game. We are celebrating a big win, but let’s not get carried away. Next week is UM, a team we were better than in each of last 3 years but could not finish with a W; lost one to Fortier (does anyone even know where he is?) and two to Robinson despite keeping him quiet the whole game last year (the TDs he had in Q4 were more a defensive failure than him throwing a perfect ball). Let’s get our act together for Saturday and take care of some unfinished business.

    Also, before anyone starts talking ranking (11 vs. 18); let’s not. Rankings don’t mean anything, they are just a by-product of winning games. If we are 12-0 by the end of the season and being ignored for the NC game; that would likely be the only time I will talk about ranking. Another bad thing about this ranking business is that it brings out the fairweather, over-zealous ‘fans’ out of the woodwork who then go to all the message boards they can find to brag and fuel the “overrated” fire… let us, for once, let our play on the field do the talking.

  13. irish4006 - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Too early to talk about 9-3, 10-2, nine hundred – .008, whatever. Game by game, guys. Game by game. We are celebrating a big win, but let’s not get carried away. Next week is UM, a team we were better than in each of last 3 years but could not finish with a W; lost one to Fortier (does anyone even know where he is?) and two to Robinson despite keeping him quiet the whole game last year (the TDs he had in Q4 were more a defensive failure than him throwing a perfect ball). Let’s get our act together for Saturday and take care of some unfinished business.

    Also, before anyone starts talking ranking (11 vs. 18); let’s not. Rankings don’t mean anything, they are just a by-product of winning games. If we are 12-0 by the end of the season and being ignored for the NC game; that would likely be the only time I will talk about ranking. Another bad thing about this ranking business is that it brings out the fairweather, over-zealous ‘fans’ out of the woodwork who then go to all the message boards they can find to brag and fuel the “overrated” fire… let us, for once, let our play on the field do the talking.

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