Shaun Crawford will return to play football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2020. The cornerback from Lakewood, Ohio has seemingly been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA for one last ride.
Crawford was set to make an immediate impact in 2015 as a freshman as he was the best nickel back on the team as soon as he enrolled. Sadly, he suffered a torn ACL in August and missed the entire year. In the very next season, he tore his achilles in the second game of the year and missed the rest of that season as well. Crawford got a full season in 2017, but was physically worn out by season’s end. In 2018 he tore his other ACL in fall camp and had to sit out another full year.
Shaun was able to make through the entire 2019 season, but he did miss some time due to an arm injury. Many believed Crawford would have left Notre Dame if he would have put in a full season without injury. Instead, we get this tremendous player back in South Bend for another year.
In just 25 games in 5 years, Crawford has 66 tackles, 4 INT, and 1.5 sacks. Notre Dame is in desperate need of a veteran cornerback in 2020, and Shaun Crawford can provide that in a number of ways.
Most of us were expecting this, but until you get the word that the NCAA actually does the right thing — you can never be too certain. This is fantastic news for Notre Dame and for Shaun Crawford.