Notre Dame will be short two safeties vs. Stanford

Notre Dame will be short two safeties vs. Stanford
November 29, 2013, 6:00 pm
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SAN FRANCISCO — Notre Dame safeties Eilar Hardy and Elijah Shumate were left off the team's travel roster for Saturday's game at Stanford due to a violation of team rules, coach Brian Kelly confirmed in a statement Friday.

Notre Dame's safety depth will be extremely thin, with starters Austin Collinsworth and Matthias Farley most likely backed up by freshman Max Redfield and sophomore John Turner. Hardy and Shumate comprised half of Notre Dame's two-deep at safety along with Collinsworth and Farley.

Hardy was previously left off the travel roster for Notre Dame's Sept. 14 game at Purdue due to a violation of team rules. He started in Notre Dame's 23-13 win over BYU last Saturday, his second start of the season.

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Shumate has appeared in eight games (four starts) and has 23 tackles and one pass break-up this season.

Expect Redfield to see his first significant minutes at safety with Hardy and Shumate out. The former five-star recruit hasn't played much outside of special teams this season due to the difficult nature of playing safety in Notre Dame's two-deep scheme, Kelly said earlier this week.

Notre Dame might not have a choice but to play him against Stanford, though.