With Daniels out, Irish shuffle wide receivers

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With Daniels out, Irish shuffle wide receivers

Notre Dame will be without DaVaris Daniels for the final two games of the season, meaning a seasoned senior and green freshman will take on increased roles against Wake Forest and USC.

John Goodman, who's only caught 32 passes over his four-year career in South Bend, will be counted on to add to the Irish offense in his final two regular-season games. In 2012, Goodman has been banged up, only catching four passes -- but two of those went for touchdowns, including an 18-yarder against Boston College.

"When we ask him to go in there, he's the center of some big plays," coach Brian Kelly said of Goodman. "... John has given us everything he has in his senior year. He's been a great teammate. He'll get a chance now to play a little bit more in the absence of Double D."

And true freshman Chris Brown, who reeled in a deep pass that set up Notre Dame's win over Oklahoma for his only reception of the year, could see more balls thrown his way. T.J. Jones and Danny Smith, too, will have to be flexible moving between positions.

"We can move Danny to the field, we can move T.J. to the boundary," Kelly explained. "So we can flip them around because the offense is so interchangeable.

"So it just won't be one guy lining up at Daniels' position. You'll have two or three different guys."

If you're a glass-half-full person, that Everett Golson has started to link up with Tyler Eifert on a consistent basis is a positive in terms of shouldering the loss of Daniels. And with Jones and Robby Toma healthy, Notre Dame's pass-catchers appear to have the ability to absorb the blow of losing Daniels.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.