Irish OC Mike Denbrock to miss part of camp after surgery

Irish OC Mike Denbrock to miss part of camp after surgery
August 3, 2014, 4:00 pm
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First-year Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock will miss the first few weeks of preseason camp after undergoing a surgical procedure last week.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly made the announcement Sunday, with camp opening Monday at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind.

"Coach Denbrock had a recent surgical procedure that will force him to miss the first few weeks of preseason camp," Kelly said. "Mike is doing very well and everyone associated with the program looks forward to his return."

Denbrock took over as Notre Dame's interim offensive coordinator in December after Chuck Martin accepted the head coaching position at Miami of Ohio. In January, Denbrock was named Notre Dame's permanent offensive coordinator, though Kelly will assume playcalling duties on gamedays.

Kelly will assume Denbrock's responsibilities in his absence.

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Denbrock joined Kelly in 2010 as Notre Dame's tight end coach, and became the team's outside receivers coach and passing game coordinator in 2012. Denbrock previously served as Kelly's defensive coordinator from 1992-1995 and offensive coordinator from 1996-1998 at Grand Valley State.

"I had surgery last week," Denbrock said. "I'm resting and feeling better every day, but I won't be able to join the team for the beginning of preseason camp. Safe to say, I’m already chomping at the bit to get back with the guys.”