“Unknown foot problem sidelines Jayden Harrison from Notre Dame football.”



SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame football's impressive list of temporary talent has brought speedy wideout Jayden Harrison into the fold.

Harrison, the Marshall graduate who earned first-team All-America honors last season for his skills as a kick returner, was working part-time Tuesday morning after entering spring training No. 9 with a walking boot on his left foot.

The extent of Harrison's injury was not yet known, but the Blue-Gold Game to conclude spring ball is scheduled for April 20.

First-year Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock praised Harrison (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) after Saturday's close scrimmage.

“The transfer boy we brought in, Jayden Harrison, did a good job,” Denbrock said. “He showed more than just being a returner, which I think is a bonus. We'll see what happens there. Maybe Jayden Harrison is a little more of a true slot receiver.”

Mike Brown, the former Wisconsin receivers coach who was hired in December, recently cited Harrison's “veteran presence” along with that of fellow transfer Kris Mitchell (Florida International).

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“I walk in here in the morning and at the same time Jayden Harrison walks in and he’s the first guy I see in the building,” Brown said. “And then, not far behind him, comes Kris Mitchell, every morning.”

With Clemson graduate Beaux Collins confined to streetwear observation until he enrolls in June, Harrison and Mitchell's experience has come to the forefront.

“In that regard, they’ve been really good in their leadership role and showing people how to work,” Brown said. “A lot of it is just the little things they do, whether it's taking care of their bodies or the way they carry themselves in the building. Coming in early, getting these things done, how they put in extra work when they get out here, and how they run things on their own. …

“And then when we get down to some of the actual game tasks, in a lot of circumstances, for them, just their experience and their understanding of the game, their knowledge and the little nuances of things come a lot more naturally to them than some of the guys who don't have a lot of experience.”

Harrison ranked second nationally last season with a 30.7-yard average and two kickoff return touchdowns. He scored a 98-yard return against James Madison and later added a 94-yard return against Georgia Southern.

Harrison has 70 receptions for 778 yards and four touchdowns in his career. That includes a career-best 27 catches for 409 yards and a score last season when Marshall lost 6-7 to Texas-San Antonio in the Frisco Bowl.

Mike Berardino covers Notre Dame football for and is @MikeBerardino on social media.