Sept. 11, 2000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Gary Godsey is next line when it comes to the quarterback spot for the Irish. Notre Dame coach Bob Davie reaffirmed that the position is there for Godsey to claim. The sophomore has the most experience of the backups, having taken numerous snaps in spring practice.
“He has been in the system the longest,” Davie said. “It is his job and his going to start out with every opportunity to keep the job.”
Davie hinted that the freshman that would get more attention is Matt LoVecchio. He has a slight edge over the other freshmen because he understands the offensive scheme better, according to Davie.
Besides the injury Battle sustained, the Irish emerged from Saturday’s contest with several other problems. Defensive end Grant Irons is done for the season. Irons dislocated his right shoulder early and managed to go back into the game. However, the shoulder kept dislocation and Irons was forced to leave.
The Irish also suffer numerous other minor injuries. Cornerback Brock Williams suffered a sprained knee against the Cornhuskers. Receiver Joey Getherall had a back contusion. Also, Javin Hunter left Saturday’s game with a concussion. They are all listed as probable for the game against Purdue.
Battle will have surgery on his left wrist sometime on Tuesday. Doctors feel that it is the best opportunity for injury to have an opportunity to heal properly. They will put a screw in his wrist to aid the process. Davie and Co. believe it is in the best interest of Battle to have the surgery rather than opting for a cast.
If Battle does not return, he will be eligible for a fifth-year.
MOVING ON UP
The Irish continued to move up in the college football polls. Notre Dame climbed two spots in the Associated Press Poll, sliding up to 21st from last week’s spot at 23. It marks only the second time in the history of Notre Dame football that the team raised in the ranks after a loss.