DaVaris Daniels has had an up-and-down school year at Notre Dame.
After racking up 49 catches for 745 yards and seven touchdowns during a breakout season with the Irish, Daniels was deemed academically ineligible and suspended for the spring semester. He was already on academic probation and failed to keep a 2.0 GPA in the fall semester.
Daniels sat down with CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler recently and shed some light on how he got to where he is today.
"I let those guys down, and put pressure on them instead of myself," Daniels told Fowler. "It's my fault. I didn't put in the time and effort necessary...I'm going to carry that pain with me into next season."
Fowler ran down the scenario Daniels currently faces:
Here's the deal: Daniels is on temporary leave and can return to the team if Notre Dame accepts his re-enrollment (which is expected) and he maintains a healthy GPA over the summer. He can visit campus and talk with coaches but can't be part of the team as the Irish open spring ball Monday.
Daniels — who battled a slew of injuries last season, including hip, toe and foot issues — debated entering the NFL Draft this season, but didn't want to leave his teammates behind.
Fowler chronicles Daniels' long road back, but the standout receiver believes he has learned what it takes to make it at Notre Dame.
"You can't really let up at any time," Daniels told Fowler. "That's what makes Notre Dame special. It definitely teaches you values that I don't think you would get anywhere else."