ND’s Brian Kelly announces transfers of two WRs
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org March 27, 2013 7:06PM
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, SEPT. 29-30 - FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2012, file photo, Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell (6) and wide receiver Davonte' Neal (19) celebrate after the beat Purdue 20-17 in an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame is off to its best start in a decade and there is some real buzz around the storied program and coach Brian Kelly. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
Updated: April 29, 2013 12:22PM
Last week, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced a quarterback left the program.
Wednesday, it was two receivers.
But Kelly isn’t shook up by the roster shakeups.
“The roster is going to shift and move,” Kelly said Wednesday, shortly after revealing receivers Davonte’ Neal and Justin Ferguson were no longer with the program. “We’re going to have some additions, we’re going to have some deletions. But when it’s time to kick off against Temple, we’ll have the football team that we need to go out and play for a championship.”
Reports surfaced that both Neal and Ferguson will transfer. That comes on the heels of last week’s news that quarterback Gunner Kiel decided leave the program.
Neal returned 21 punts for 46 yards as a freshman in 2012. He had one catch for negative-5 yards. Neal, from Scottsdale, Ariz., was rated No. 17 nationally at wide receiver by Rivals.com for the Class of 2012.
Ferguson had one catch for nine yards as a freshman.
“There will be more guys leaving, there will be more guys coming,” Kelly said. “This is a process that every year you go through that you’re going to have some additions, you’re going to have some deletions. But we didn’t miss a step. Our guys are going to go out and compete. They know. They’ve been through it. They’re prepared for the next man in. They didn’t blink, nor do I, or the staff.”
Kelly said C.J. Prosise could be one of the players stepping in at the slot.
“He’s been what we thought he could be, he’s just done it a lot quicker than we thought,” Kelly said. “You’re talking about a slot receiver that’s 210 pounds. Nice hands, got deceptive speed and can pull away.”
Prosise and T.J. Jones are among the options for punt return.
One of the other players Kelly mentioned for the slot, running back Amir Carlisle, will be sidelined after surgery to repair a broken collarbone. Kelly said the recovery process is four weeks.
“It’s a minor setback,” Kelly said. “Amir has had a great spring. We’ve seen what we need to see out of him. He’ll be a very important player for us.”
Carlisle was redshirted last season as he recovered from an ankle injury.
Defensive end Chase Hounshell suffered a right shoulder injury. He’ll be out for the 2013 season. He missed all last year with a shoulder injury.
“I certainly feel terrible for Chase. He’s worked so hard after a second injury,” Kelly said. “You can imagine how disappointing it is for him and for us. He’s put so much time and effort in getting back from that.”