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Coach Kelly says ILB Grace and Clay grad Daniel Smith are out for season


While they celebrated a win against Arizona State Saturday night, the Fighting Irish got the news that they have lost two of their players for the rest of the season.

Insider linebacker Jarrett Grace and wide receiver Daniel Smith both suffered season ending injuries in the game against the Sun Devils.

"Jarrett had surgery [Sunday] morning in Dallas, in which they put a rod in his leg for the fibula fracture. He'll spend the next couple of nights there. Just talked to him, got off the phone. His spirits are good. You know, that's a process that could take four to six months. But obviously a big loss for us, but we've got a senior in Danny Fox that will step in at that position," said Coach Brian Kelly. "Smith will have surgery once the swelling goes down. He has a substantial amount of swelling in that ankle. He did suffer a fracture and once that swelling goes down, he'll have surgery this week."

Smith graduated from Clay High School and is the only player from South Bend on the Notre Dame roster. Coach Kelly said his passion for Notre Dame football has always made him a popular player.

"There was a lot of emotion in the locker room, because they love Danny Smith and what he's done for our program as a dedicated player for Notre Dame. He loves Notre Dame, and we've seen him grow as a person and as a player and he's going to be sorely missed," said Kelly. "So I would say that his impact is a local player that was on a 12 0, undefeated regular season team, and he's left an impact on our younger receivers as to how to work every single day and how to handle himself both on and off the field."

Smith is a senior so he has likely played his last game for the Irish. Grace is only a junior, so he will at least have one more year of eligibility.

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