June 24, 2024

Following shoulder surgery, Notre Dame All-American candidate Benjamin Morrison will miss the rest of the team’s spring practices, the university said on Tuesday. The team did state that the great corner is anticipated to return for the 2024 season, but he will now miss the remainder of spring ball after practicing earlier this spring.

The release’s language, which reads “expected to return for the 2024 football season” rather than “expected to return for fall camp,” is a little concerning, so when Marcus Freeman meets with the media next, expect him to clarify things further or to field questions about Morrison’s expected return date.

With Cam Hart leaving for the NFL this spring, Notre Dame was already getting used to life without him at cornerback. They will now play the remainder of spring without using their other lockdown corner from 2023. Christian Gray, a sophomore, and Jaden Mickey, a junior, are vying for a spot opposite Morrison in the fall and may be observed in Morrison’s camp.

Short term, the loss of Morrison gives some of the young players more reps that they might not have gotten this spring such as Micah Bell. Morrison doesn’t need the reps at this point – he’s already one of the best corners in the country and a potential high 1st round pick next year. Long term, however, the concern is how long Morrison ends up missing. That we won’t know until Freeman provides some more details on the long-term prognosis.

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