Donte Vaughn, a cornerback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, underwent shoulder surgery on Thursday to repair a torn labrum according to his father, Lewis. Mr. Vaughn also stated that the surgery went well, and Donte is now recovering.
So it all makes sense, really.
Vaughn was one of the bright spots of the 2016 season when he was a freshman. He played well on the field, and given his size and extraordinary athletic ability, many predicted a strong career in South Bend from the Memphis native.
We’ve seen that shoulder brace on Vaughn for quite some time, but after watching his technique against Clemson, it makes sense that he was unable to really make a play on some of the balls as he likely had limited range of motion. It makes it even more incredible that he got a hand on one of the TD passes in the endzone.
Shoulder injuries suck horribly, and they take at least 6 months to recover. Vaughn will be out for the spring, but it’s too early to say (let alone by me) if he will be ready for fall camp.
The Irish are already down Julian Love to the NFL Draft, so they will have to lean on the young pups this spring.