SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame wide receiver Avery Davis will miss the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. The Irish also announced Saturday that second-year quarterback Tyler Buchner will start the opening game on Sept. 3 against Ohio State.
The school said Davis, a senior and captain of the team that was scheduled to start at slot catcher, was injured Friday during practice. He missed the final month of last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee, but was still third on the team in receiving yards with 386 of 27 catches.
The loss is a blow to an already slim position for Notre Dame, which only has five scholarship recipients left on the roster. Only Braden Lenzy and Lorenzo Styles caught more than 20 passes last season.
Buchner played in 10 games last season, mostly off the bench, and threw for 298 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 336 yards and three touchdowns.