Irish TE Evans to miss season with torn ACL
Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Elder WriterOct 30, 2023, 12:57 PM ET
- College football press reporter.
- Joined ESPN.com in 2008.
- Graduate of Northwestern University.Notre Dame tight end Mitchell Evans,
the team’s getting backyards leader this season, will miss out on the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his knee.Coach Marcus Freeman on Monday validated the injury, which took place in the third quarter of Saturday’s 58-7 win over Pitt. Evans clutched the back of his leg after trying to catch a pass from Sam Hartman. He had 5 receptions for 66 yards versus Pitt and leads Notre Dame in both receptions (29 )and receiving backyards(422 ).” He will have surgery here in the next week approximately, depending upon when the doctors choose
to do it,” Freeman said.Evans, a junior, has been a strong replacement for Michael Mayer, a Mackey Award finalist in 2022, after recording simply three receptions in his first 2 seasons for the Irish. He has 4 or more receptions in 5 of the seven games he has actually played this fall. Evans battled injuries previously in his profession before breaking through this fall.Holden Staes, who has 12 receptions for 163 backyards and four goals, is anticipated to take on a larger function with Eli Raridon and others.” You don’t offset
the production that Mitch offered our offense with one guy,” Freeman stated.”Everyone in that tight ends room will be asked to do more.
“Freeman said defensive backs Webcam Hart and Benjamin Morrison are expected to play this week at Clemson.