The Notre Dame Irish are a well under a month away from their epic title showdown with Alabama, and they got some encouraging news on the offensive end today. Head coach Brian Kelly announced that third-leading receiver DaVaris Daniels is on pace to make his return in the national championship game on January 7th.
Daniels suffered a broken clavicle in Notre Dame’s win over Boston College earlier this year. But when he sustained the injury, there was some minor hope that the Irish would get him back in time for the postseason.
Thanks to the hard play of the Irish, they gave their teammate the maximum amount of time to heal as the title game is the final major bowl game played in the BCS season.
“He looks really good,” Kelly said. “He’s going to be able to be a key contributor for us.”
Daniels doesn’t have a touchdown this season but he is the third best receiver on the Irish roster. He totaled 25 receptions for 375 yards before going down with the injury, but any kind of offensive help against an intense Alabama defense will be greatly appreciated.
At the moment, Daniels is transitioning from non-contact drills to full contact in practice. It’s not certain that he will be healthy enough to play, but with the Irish playing for the crown of college football, the motivation is already very much in place for Daniels to meet the deadline.