While Brian Kelly is keeping his decision on a quarterback close to the vest through the weekend, he can’t do that with the news of junior tight end Jake Golic‘s broken arm.
“We weren’t going to say anything until we talked to his family, but he tweeted it,” Kelly said today after practice. “That’s my life.”
The reserve tight end will likely miss up to six weeks with the injury, a loss that might not have much effect on the depth chart at tight end but does thin out one of the deepest spots on the Irish roster, especially with senior Mike Ragone battling a nagging training camp injury.
Golic only saw eleven snaps last season, appearing in three games, but has looked good in preseason camp as the work he did in the offseason weight program has helped get him physically ready to contribute. Still, sophomore Alex Welch had already been running with the second string with Ragone out, and junior Tyler Eifert is solidified as the starter.
The real question for those looking to dig into the roster is whether Golic’s injury means talented freshman Ben Koyack will be forced onto the field, burning a year of eligibility before it’s needed. At 6-foot-5, 253-pounds, Koyack has the size and athleticism necessary to help in the passing game, but he might not be ready for the rigors of in-line blocking.
After his breakout game against Army, Tyler Eifert was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week.
This from the official release:
Bethpage, N.Y. (November 24, 2010) – Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The sophomore recorded four receptions for a career high 78 yards and a touchdown. Replacing the great tight end Kyle Rudolph due to injury, Eifert’s touchdown catch put Notre Dame ahead 17-3 securing the 27-3 victory over Army and helping Notre Dame become Bowl eligible in what was he 50th all time match-up between these two legendary teams. Honorable mentions considered for this week’s Mackey Tight End of the Week include Ladarius Green of Louisiana and Rob Housler of Florida Atlantic.
The 2010 recipient of “The Mackey” will be presented live at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show December 9, 2010 on ESPNU. Please visit http://www.johnmackeyaward.org for all Mackey Award related information including the John Mackey Selection Committee, the selection process and award criteria, information on all past award recipients and a high resolution image of the award trophy available for download.
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by Tight Ends during the active season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The Nassau County Sports Commission, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization sponsored by Briarcliffe College, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.
The John Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, http://www.ncfaa.org.
Eifert joins Kyle Rudolph on the list, who was named Mackey tight end of the week after his performance against Michigan. The Irish are the only school to have two different tight ends named, a pretty amazing feat all things considered.