Notre Dame's receiving corps is going to be sorely tested in the first few weeks of the 2019 season. The Irish are already poised to miss top targets Cole Kmet and Michael Young, but now are going to be without another receiver for the entire season.
According to Irish Illustrated, Notre Dame sophomore wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. has been suspended for 2019. However, the reasons for his suspension were not provided, and he appears to be doing fine in the classroom.
Per the report, Austin was originally going to be suspended for four games. Last year he missed Notre Dame's games against Syracuse and USC on a coach's decision, but appeared in the Cotton Bowl against Clemson.
Austin finished his freshman season with five receptions for 90 yards.
He was a four-star prospect coming out of North Broward Prep in Florida in 2019.
Losing Austin leaves Notre Dame dangerously thin at receiver heading into the opener against Louisville next Monday.
Kmet and Young both suffered broken collarbones and might not be back until late-October at the earliest.
Chip Kelly is going to need to inject some serious magic into his offense if he hopes to win against the likes of Georgia and Michigan in the first half of the season.