Notre Dame RB Tarean Folston out for the year with ACL tear

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

Three carries into Tarean Folston’s junior season, the leading rusher for the Notre Dame football team in 2014 will switch to being a bystander for the 11th-ranked Irish.

ND head football coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that ND’s No. 1 running back suffered an ligament tear in his right knee in Saturday’s 38-3 rout of Texas at Notre Dame Stadium.

Kelly initially indicated is was a tear of the medial collateral ligament, but an ND spokesman latter amended the announcement, saying it was the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

He;ll undergo surgery in the next seven to 10 days.

Folston left midway through the first quarter, after ND had taken a 7-0 lead.

The Irish still rushed for 214 yards on 52 carries, with converted wide receiver C.J. Prosise leading the way with 98 yards on 12 carries.

Freshman Josh Adams, who scored two TDS Saturday night, moves up in the rotation. Kelly said freshman Dexter Williams and former walk-on Josh Anderson will see expanded roles. Sophomore Justin Brent, another converted receiver, is also in the running back depth.

Also on the injury front, backup grad student safety Avery Sebastian suffered a broken bone in his foot Saturday night per Kelly. He’ll have surgery Monday and is expected to be out four to six weeks. 

Notre Dame's Tarean Folston (25) runs through the Longhorn defensive line during the first half of the Notre Dame-Texas game Saturday night. (SBT Photo / BECKY MALEWITZ)