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Notre Dame loses Jonas Gray for the season

Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2011 12:23 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame only has one game left in the regular season against Stanford and a bowl game to play, but it's lost a big part of its offense for those final two contests. While there has been no official injury determined from an MRI as of yet, Brian Kelly confirmed on Sunday that running back Jonas Gray had likely played his last game with the Fighting Irish.

"It's pretty apparent he has a significant knee injury," said Kelly in a teleconference on Sunday, going on to say that MRI results will "probably confirm" what the training staff suspects.

Gray suffered the knee injury against Boston College on Saturday, and was seen in tears on the sideline. NBC's sideline reporter Alex Flanagan said that the team believed it was a torn MCL.

It's not only a big blow to the Irish, but it's a sad chapter to end Gray's career at Notre Dame as well. Gray was finally having the year the Irish expected from him in his final season at the school, rushing for 791 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, so to have that come to an end on his Senior Day is a cruel twist of fate.

As for what Notre Dame will do moving forward, the good news is that Notre Dame also has Cierre Wood, who has rushed for 1,001 yards and 9 touchdowns this season. Wood began the season as the team's starting running back and will step back into that role. Behind Wood the Irish have freshmen George Atkinson III and Cam McDaniel, though Brian Kelly did not rule out the possibility of Theo Riddick moving from wide receiver to running back to finish the season.

Riddick missed the Boston College game, but came to Notre Dame as a running back before being moved to wide receiver.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 11:25 pm

Notre Dame loses Jonas Gray for the season

What a surprise!  The first two comments had nothing to do with the article.  Losers.  Hats off to Jonas Gray.  His work ethic will find him playing on Sundays.  If not next year, soon thereafter.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 6:37 pm

Notre Dame loses Jonas Gray for the season

Shout out to J. Gray.  Thanks for the great senior season.  All the best for a healthy recovery.  Am still hoping to see you running on Sundays - but if not - good on you for getting your degree from ND.  It will serve you well.

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 6:20 pm

Notre Dame loses Jonas Gray for the season

As a loyal BC fan, I can still say that the hit on Gray was highly questionable.  He was hit with a helmet to the quad thigh area just as he planted his leg.  The knee buckled.  It appeared to be intentional on the part of the BC player.  This hit then brought BC back into the game with Gray on the bench.  It looks like "the end justifies the means" from my own Jesuit education at SLU.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2011 4:21 pm

Notre Dame loses Jonas Gray for the season

when the truth comes out he really hurt it when he and floyd got drunk after the game! love that beer!!!

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:34 pm
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