Just days before the season opener, Irish Sports Daily reports starting senior cornerback Shaun Crawford — a former Michigan commitment in 2014 — will miss significant time with an ACL tear after a Tuesday afternoon practice.
Crawford previously tore his right ACL in 2016. The current injury occurred on the opposite knee.
The 5-foot-9, 181-pounder figured to start alongside preseason All-America second-teamer Julian Love. Last year, Crawford recorded 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions.
Hailing from Lakewood, Ohio’s St. Edward High, he decommitted from Michigan on May 23, 2014. He pledged to Brian Kelly and the Irish less than a month later.
The Irish lose a key contributor to their pass defense the same week the Wolverines lost presumed No. 1 receiver Tarik Black. Tony Pride, Jr. projects to fill Crawford’s absence, while the 6-foot-4 Nico Collins replaces Black.
Pride is a 6-foot, 187-pound sophomore defensive back out of Greer, South Carolina. The former 4-star tallied 22 tackles and a pick a year ago.
Both teams look to mitigate any further damage before clashing in South Bend on Saturday (7:30 p.m., NBC).