Notre Dame loses safety Nicky Baratti for season with shoulder injury
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2691 August 12, 2013 9:40PM
Updated: September 14, 2013 6:24AM
SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame safeties Max Redfield, Eilar Hardy and John Turner stood out during the first week of practice.
Their emergence takes on added significance with the loss of Nicky Baratti.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly confirmed that the sophomore safety will miss the season after dislocating his shoulder during Saturday’s practice.
Baratti will need surgery to repair the shoulder, the same one that required offseason surgery. IrishIllustrated.com initially reported the injury Sunday.
“I’m very disappointed for Nick. He worked so hard to get back,” Kelly said Monday. “We’ll expect the next man in to step up and get it done there.”
Baratti appeared in all 13 games as a freshman last year, mostly on special teams. He had eight tackles. He also had one interception, which came against Michigan.
The Irish have depth at safety. Matthias Farley started 11 games last season and had 49 tackles. Elijah Shumate appeared in all 13 games, primarily as the nickel back and on special teams. He had nine tackles. Austin Collinsworth is back after missing last year with a shoulder injury.
“It’s really too early to start slotting. Elijah (Shumate) was running with the first group, but there was still flexibility there with Collinsworth,” Kelly said. “Nicky was getting some first-team reps, but you have three other guys that have done a very good job.”
Those three are Redfield, Hardy and Turner.
Redfield is a 6-foot-1, 194-pound freshman from Mission Viejo, Calif. who was a five-star recruit, according to Rivals.com.
“Max, we know about his ability. There’s going to be a mental end of it that he’s going to have to continue to progress there,” Kelly said. “We feel like physically, he has the ability. He’ll continue to grow.”
Hardy (5-11, 201) didn’t see any action with the Irish in 2011 or 2012. Turner (6-0, 212) didn’t appear in any games last season.
“John Turner has had a very good week for us. And Eilar Hardy, both of those guys. The old coaching cliché is ‘it’s not our job to notice you, it’s your job to make us notice you.’ We have now noticed Hardy and John Turner,” Kelly said.
“They have put themselves in a position as well as Collinsworth, Shumate, Farley, where we’ve got pretty good depth there and we feel pretty confident about the position.”