There is a short list of pre-season injuries that have the potential to annually decimate the college football fan base before the season begins.
Proven and/or new and exciting starting quarterback. All-American offensive skill player. An irrepressible ‘irreplaceable’ defensive fanatic.
And below the list—but significantly above it—are promising newcomers. Especially in the age of the Internet, every success of a newcomer is celebrated on the daily pages of a fan site.
That’s it Zadarian priceThe 2022 Notre Dame early enrollee shined in spring-time interviews, interviews related to him, on the practice field in front of the media and in front of Irish fans at the Blue-Gold game.
And throughout the last six months to the coaching staff.
“We have 14 incoming freshmen and it’s a misconception that if you come in early, you play early. If you can play early, we will know early,” said the head coach Marcus Freeman Price after blue-gold game. “We saw that with him. He understands the big picture. He gets the playbook. The transition wasn’t too big for him.”
Price ruptured his Achilles during summer conditioning. Freeman was on hand, watching the defense at the Irish Athletics Complex.
“He said it sounded like his cleat clicked,” Freeman said of the sound the tendon made. “He’s down and the next thing you know it’s his Achilles. They know immediately. “
Today’s feature in our Counting Down the Irish series is the four-star prospect from Denison High School (Denison, TX) whose collegiate debut will be delayed by a calendar year. Price was ranked 25th overall from our four Irish Illustrated ballots but now joins the group that started our countdown—the non-playing rivals in 2022.
- Irish Illustrated Rank: 25
- Prester Rank: 18
- O’Malley Rank: 24
- Sinclair Rank: 34
- Loy Rank: 28
- 2021 Rank: N/A
says the priest:”Gut-wrenching news for a player we expected to pick up first- and second-team reps this fall. He was the freshman equivalent on the offensive side Jayden Mickey On the defensive side. A very bright future remains. “
What to Expect in 2022
A rehab stint after rupturing his Achilles tendon in mid-June.
The silver lining for Price is that the injury happened in June, giving him about 14 months of recovery and rehabilitation before he needs to wear pads and be back at full speed next August.
Starting running back at Notre Dame remains a reasonable career path for Price.
The poster-athlete for recovery from season-ending injuries at Notre Dame-Shawn Crawford (3 of them)-Overcame Achilles tendon surgery as a redshirt-freshman, played all 13 games for the 2017 Irish after suffering the injury midway through game #2 of the 2016 season.
Crawford’s comeback campaign, on the heels of tearing his ACL in August camp in 2015, included forcing five turnovers, five pass breakups, two sacks and 32 tackles. His 2017 comeback season will be remembered for Michigan State’s fumble on the edge of the Irish end zone by running back LJ Scott of the football — with Crawford recovering for an Irish touchback.
After the season, Crawford admitted to severe pain and fatigue in his Achilles in November 2017, and it limited him as a player as the Irish fell to a 2-2 final month finish.
Statistics of the day
Jadarian Price’s early enrollment followed a list of unimpressed players to join the Irish as rookie runners. That label varies from person to person (Armando Allen) and to laugh at the latest (Kieran Williams)
Save for Armando Allen’s solid effort—12 games/4 starts, 4.0 per carry, 348 yards but no touchdowns—none of them were marked as starters.
Price is universally projected to exceed the output of every starting enrolled runner before a season-ending injury.
A note to note
“He has a chance to be a great player. Not a great player, but a great player. He reminds us of Darius Walker. He’s really well put together, physically well built. He adds some strength to his lower half. Comes on quickly. He’s just a natural, smooth runner and football player. He’s got ball skills, which is something we always want in our backs. A really good footballer with natural instincts and I think he’s probably the most underrated kid. Class.” – Origin of the program as told to Irish Illustrated’s Tom Loy on the opening signing day.