Notre Dame starting center Jarrett Patterson is expected to miss the remainder of the season, according to multiple reports Monday.
Irish Illustrated first reported Patterson will need surgery on a left foot injury that occurred in Saturday’s 45-31 win at Boston College. Notre Dame officials had not confirmed the news by Monday evening.
The loss of Patterson, a junior, is a blow to the middle of the Irish offensive line. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Patterson started the previous 21 games at center for what has become one of the best offensive lines in the country.
No. 2 Notre Dame (8-0, 7-0 ACC) entered this week, which the Irish have off, ranked No. 17 in the FBS in rushing offense with 234 yards per game. Only 19 FBS teams that have played at least five games have allowed fewer sacks per game than Notre Dame’s 1.75.
Sophomore Zeke Correll, a 6-3, 295-pound product of Cincinnati Anderson, has been listed as the No. 2 center on Notre Dame’s depth chart all season long. The Irish could also turn to senior Colin Grunhard (6-1, 290), who has slightly more game experience. Both have played in only one game (South Florida) this season.
Correll, a four-star recruit in the 2019 class, played in four blowout victories for the Irish as a freshman last season. Grunhard, a former walk-on and son of former Irish offensive lineman Tim Grunhard (1986-89), played in seven games last season as Patterson’s backup.
Senior offensive lineman Josh Lugg took some reps at center in the spring of 2019. The 6-7, 310-pound Lugg entered the Boston College game Saturday at right tackle when starter Robert Hainsey (ankle) was removed out of precaution late in the second half. Lugg started the final five games of last season at right tackle when Hainsey was injured.
Notre Dame safety Shaun Crawford and right guard Tommy Kraemer were recognized by the ACC for their performances against Boston College.
Crawford, who recorded nine tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss, was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week. Kraemer was named Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Irish recorded a season high in total offense (561 yards) against Boston College. Kraemer and the Irish offensive line didn’t allow a sack Saturday.