With Daniels out, Irish shuffle wide receivers


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.

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger's time with Manchester United wound down with him being essentially frozen out of the team for an extended period, but he was still happy to see his former teammates win a European trophy on Wednesday.

Man U beat Ajax 2-0 to win the Europa League final in Stockholm. The win sealed a berth in next year's Champions League for the Red Devils.

Despite the way Schweinsteiger's tenure in England ended, the German midfielder has still said positive things about the club since leaving for the Chicago Fire in March. He tweeted out a good luck message to the team ahead of the final.

Paul Pogba scored in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the second half to seal United's win and the trophy to end a season that included a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Schweinsteiger didn't play in any Premier League matches this season, but his last appearance for the Manchester club was as a subtitute in the Europa League round of 32 at French club Saint-Etienne.

Training with the Fire on Wednesday kept him from watching the whole final, but he said he did watch what he could.

“I’m happy for United," Schweinsteiger said after the Fire's 2-1 win against Dallas. "I’m happy for them. They are a good team and I’m happy they can play in Champions League next year.”

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