SOUTH BEND, IN – Star Notre Dame defensive tackle Jarron Jones will miss the entire 2015 season after suffering a torn MCL in practice. Jones recorded 40 tackles including 7.5 for a loss last season.
Jones, a redshirt junior, was coming off a foot injury that kept him out of the final two games last season. He will be replaced by true freshman Jerry Tillery who was a 4-star prospect coming out of high school.
Jones was going to be a huge asset in the Irish run defense but now Tillery and others will have to pick up the slack. Coach Brian Kelly has proven that he is a great recruiter and this is another case of “next man up.”
Suffering an injury such as this is devastating for Jones and the hope is that he will be able to play in his senior season. The Irish are entering an era where they should contend every year for a spot in the College Football Playoff and he will still be a part of the team in some capacity.
This disappointing news comes after what has been a feel-good week for the Irish. Showtime announced a television series the will cover the Irish season and the team also unveiled their Shamrock Series uniforms that will be worn against Boston College. Walk-on Josh Anderson also received a scholarship during the uniform unveiling to the team.