Fighting Irish football just got a shot in the arm as Notre Dame announced it had reinstated wide receiver Davaris Daniels to the university for the summer semester. Daniels had been dismissed from school for the 2014 spring semester for academic performance issues.
For a team that lost a great deal of talent to the NFL draft this is a huge bonus. Notre Dame had eight players drafted in the NFL draft in early May and are inexperienced at the wide receiver position. Daniels will be entering his senior season at Notre Dame and is far and away the most experienced and accomplished receiver the Fighting Irish have returning. Daniels is the son of former Chicago Bear defensive end Phillip Daniels, who now serves as the Washington Redskins Director of Player Development.
Despite the amount of talent graduating from Notre Dame this year and a brutal schedule head coach Brian Kelly has been optimistic about his teams chances for the 2014 campaign. This is mostly because of the return of junior quarterback Everett Golson from academic suspension himself and the emergence of sophomore quarterback Malik Zaire. The winner of that battle will be determined this August but either way it will represent a significant upgrade at the position from last season when Tommy Rees was at the helm. The reinstatment of Davaris Daniels by Notre Dame just reinforces that hope. Both signal callers will be leaning heavily on Daniels this fall.
Irish To Sell Grass Field – Notre Dame is switching the playing surface this season to field turf from the natural grass surface field that has occupied Notre Dame Stadium since it opened. So, the university has decided to sell rolls of sod from the playing field at $150 a pop. If the entire batch of sod were to sell it would bring in over $800,000 in sales. Considering this turf was most recently installed in October of 2013 that is a hefty price to pay. It is not as if Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy or even Manti Te’o played on the turf.
Georgia On Their Mind -Fighting Irish Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick has confirmed that Notre Dame is getting closer to coming to an agreement with the University of Georgia for a home and home football series, most likely to be played in 2018 and 2019. Swarbrick has long made it known that scheduling a Southeastern Conference Opponent is a priority for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have also reportedly spoken with the University of Tennessee about a possible matchup as well. The Volunteers are the only SEC school with any recent history of playing Notre Dame in anything other than a bowl game as the two schools have met four times since 1999, splitting the games at two wins each.
Big news keeps coming for the Fighting Irish this summer. New field turf, a tough schedule with new opponents from the SEC on the horizon. For the moment however, the most important news is Notre Dame reinstated Davaris Daniels, their best receiver, back to the team, where a new quarterback desperately needs his help.
Commentary By Mick Varner
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering Notre Dame Football