Notre Dame is off to a rocky start this offseason after defeating Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl. Quarterback Everett Golson missed the season because of cheating and now wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is suspended for the semester with an academic issue.
Daniels confirmed the semester suspension to ESPN's Matt Fortuna and intends to re-enroll in the summer and play next season. Here is the statement he released to ESPN.com:
“I understand that attending the University of Notre Dame is a privilege and with that comes a certain level of academic responsibility," Daniels said. "Therefore, I will not be attending Notre Dame in the spring semester but fully expect to re-enroll in the summer semester to earn my degree and continue playing football for the Irish.”
Daniels is coming off his best season for the Fighting Irish with 49 receptions for 745 yards and seven touchdowns. The junior wideout averaged 15.2 yards per catch and had the longest touchdown catch of the year (82 yards). He was supposed to be part of an Irish offense that has real potential for 2014. Golson will be back along with running backs Tarean Folston, Cam McDaniel and Greg Bryant as well as tight ends Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack. Daniels would be the leading receiver coming back for Notre Dame.
Daniels vows to come back to South Bend and finish his senior season, but has the option of entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Notre Dame has already lost running back George Atkinson III, and defensive linemen Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt to early entry.
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