Brian Kelly confirmed the bad news from last night’s 38-3 victory, with Tarean Folston‘s season over after an ACL tear. The junior running back, a returning starter on the offense, was lost on just his third carry of the young season.
Folston will have surgery within the next 10 days, per Kelly. His injury leaves the running back depth chart in a fairly precarious situation, with C.J. Prosise the No. 1 back and freshmen Josh Adams and Dexter Williams following in line. Kelly also talked about activating former walk-on Josh Anderson, who was just awarded a scholarship during fall camp, and will now be getting a look in certain pass protection situations.
Notre Dame’s team surgeon Brian Ratigan will perform the surgery on Folston. Folston will be able to earn a medical redshirt this season, so he’ll have junior eligibility next season and be able to return in 2017. Also lost during the win was fifth-year transfer Avery Sebastian. Sebastian will have surgery on his foot and is expected to be back in anywhere from four to six weeks.
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