There are a lot of questions surrounding the Notre Dame offense as the Irish open camp at Culver Military today. However, who will be guiding the unit – from a coaching standpoint – was answered in a surprising manner Sunday.
The university announced that first-year Fighting Irish offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock has undergone surgery and will miss an early portion of training camp.
“Coach Denbrock had a recent surgical procedure that will force him to miss the first few weeks of preseason camp,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a release. “Mike is doing extremely well and everyone associated with the program looks forward to his return.”
Denbrock took over the offense upon the hiring of former coordinator Chuck Martin as the head coach at Miami (Ohio) earlier this year. He has been on Kelly's staff in several roles over the past four seasons.
“I had surgery last week,” Denbrock said. “I'm resting and feeling better every day, but I won't be able to join the team for the beginning of preseason camp. Safe to say, I'm already chomping at the bit to get back with the guys.”