Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love quietly exited the Irish’s Cotton Bowl semifinal towards Clemson on Saturday throughout the first quarter. He had a head damage, Brian Kelly instructed ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi on his solution to the locker room at halftime, as Notre Dame trailed 23-3. He returned for the primary play of the second half, however plenty of injury was accomplished by then.
Love is an important participant for Notre Dame. A former three-star recruit, he’s developed right into a star for Clark Lea’s protection. He was a finalist for the Thorpe Award, which matches to the nation’s high defensive again, this season. The Irish play a bend-but-don’t-break fashion, and Love’s reliability protecting all types of routes is an important a part of why that works.
One of many gamers elevated to exchange Love, Donte Vaughn, acquired torched for a few Clemson touchdowns and was related to a different.
Vaughn misplaced on this 52-yard Justyn Ross landing, Clemson’s first of the day:
He misplaced on this 19-yard TD Higgins landing on the finish of the primary half, although he lined it fairly effectively and was actually simply the sufferer of an incredible play:
Between these TDs, he took a pricey defensive holding penalty. And on Clemson’s second landing of the sport, which went over security Alohi Gilman, the Tigers had single-coverage for Ross as a result of linebacker Drue Tranquill had gone to the sideline to assist Vaughn. Clemson’s exploited him even when it hasn’t thrown his manner.
Vaughn hadn’t been particularly lively heading into the sport:
For the sake of reference, Donte Vaughn didn’t play a defensive snap at USC in a sport when the Trojans threw it 50+ instances.
For the season, Vaughn has been focused 21 instances and allowed 16 catches, the worst catch share on the group by a large margin.
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Clemson was most likely going to win anyway, however Love’s damage was devastating.