The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have just recently climbed back in to BCS Top 25 after winning eight of their last nine games. But it now appears that they will have to play the Stanford game and the bowl game without senior running back Jonas Gray.
Gray suffered a knee injury in the game against Boston College and it looks like his college career is over.
"It's pretty apparent he's got a significant knee injury," head coach Brian Kelly said Sunday.
The specifics of the injury are not known yet as Gray is still awaiting the MRI results.
Gray has been a huge reason for the success of the Irish lately as he has scored at least one touchdown in the last eight games. He is the second-leading rusher on the team with 791 yards and averages nearly seven yards a touch. All of this is after his first three years of struggling at Notre Dame.
"He has really stepped up as a leader and really put together a great senior season," quarterback Tommy Rees said after Saturday's game. "To be honest, I probably wouldn't be in the position I am if it wasn't for him. When I first a couple springs ago he really helped me out a lot. You feel for a guy anytime he gets banged up like that."
That now takes the speed running back out of the equation for the Irish making a tough game against Stanford this week even more difficult. This is definitely a major setback for a team that was looking to make a final push before the regular season ends.
Gray finished his career at Notre Dame with 1,100 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers college football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or Randy.Chambers7@yahoo.com.