Just hours after mentioning the questions that surround the secondary, the defensive backfield has taken another hit to their depth chart with the potential departure of cornerback E.J. Banks.
Banks was the fourth corner listed on the two-deep depth chart released with the start of fall camp, but that’s all been thrown into jeopardy.
“E.J.’s currently not a member of the football team, but privacy laws prevent me from commenting further,” Notre Dame’s Brian Hardin said.
Various reports have Banks still enrolled at the university, and many places are pointing to academics as a leading candidate for Banks’ tenuous situation. Banks was an early enrollee in 2009, but missed spring practice and a bulk of last season because of a knee injury.
While there are rumors that Banks may be able to rectify the situation, if he misses a season, he’ll follow an alarming pattern started by fellow cornerbacks Darrin Walls and Gary Gray as players whose careers took a season long pit-stop for personal reasons.
The depth chart in the secondary has been plundered this offseason with freshman Spencer Boyd transferring closer to home for family reasons and fellow early-enrollee Chris Badger taking off on a religious mission. While Banks was listed in the two-deep, he ran with the third-team cornerbacks on Saturday, and true freshman Lo Wood took snaps with the second team defense.
Head coach Brian Kelly won’t address the media until Saturday, and its likely he’ll reveal then what players, if any, will be making the move into the defensive backfield. He hinted at that possibility in his opening comments last Friday. With only four scholarship corners and safeties on the roster, look to hear something about that personnel decision soon.