NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Brian Kelly has confirmed the news that most Irish fans already knew - as ISD first reported on Sunday, safety Nicky Baratti will miss the upcoming season with a dislocated shoulder.
"He dislocated his shoulder in practice on Saturday," Kelly said after Monday's practice on the Notre Dame campus. "He'll need surgery to repair it and he'll be lost for the season. We hope to regain that year (of eligibility) obviously. I'm very disappointed for Nick. He's worked so hard to get back, but we'll expect the next man in to step up and get it done there."
Baratti had been working primarily with the second team defense at safety along with Austin Collinsworth, who missed all of 2012 with a shoulder injury, but he had seen time with the first team as well. Matthias Farley and Elijah Shumate have been the primary first team safeties.
"(He) is certainly a very solid tackler," Kelly said of Shumate. "He's picking up the scope of the scope of the defense. He's got some parts of the defense down very good (but) he's got more that he has to learn. "
Communication, something vital in a safety's role on the field, is the biggest area where Kelly says Shumate still needs to improve - although the head coach says the sophomore has made strides in that area.