Notre Dame LB Joe Schmidt will miss the rest of the season after he broke and dislocated his left ankle against Navy.
The Fighting Irish’s leading tackler suffered the injury in the third quarter of Notre Dame’s 49-39 win Saturday night.
“I think everybody is gonna have to pick up the slack for the loss of a guy that did most of the work,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said via IrishIllustrated.com.
Schmidt, a senior, has 65 tackles and two interceptions this season. He was replaced by Nyles Morgan, a former four-star recruit in the class of 2014. Because of Morgan’s experience, he said he cut back on the defense’s pre-snap calls to keep him comfortable. Schmidt is the man responsible for lining up Notre Dame’s line and linebackers.
“It was tough,” S Elijah Shumate said. “We rallied around Nyles. We made sure we were supportive of him, supporting him through it. We had a lot of confidence in him. He played great. That’s a big responsibility.
“Joe is our leader out there. He gets everybody lined up. That role is really hard to take on, especially when our leader gets hurt in the third quarter and our momentum is changing.”
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