”Wayne has a little bit of a knee problem,” Shafer said. “They’re actually going in there today to take a look at it to see what they need to do. We don’t know how severe it is. We think it’s probably something that they can clean up and possibly get him back. You never know when they go in there. So we’ll see how Wayne gets through that.”
The player most likely to replace Morgan, who has been the third corner through the first three games, is Corey Winfield. Winfield switched from receiver to cornerback during training camp, and has learned the position quickly. He has seen action already this season.
The injury to Morgan, who is likely out against Notre Dame, means the trio of true freshmen could be forced into action. One of Juwan Dowels, Antway Cordy and Cordell Hudson may have to play against the Irish in multi-receiver sets.
”They’ve done a good job,” Shafer said. “Obviously Wayne was improving and he was kind of that third guy in the rotation. Now you adjust to the elements and get that next guy in there. Give them an opportunity to play.
”So we’ll have a few guys in there who will get some more reps than they’ve had in the past. A good opportunity for the next guy. I feel bad for Wayne. Whenever a young guy has an injury you feel horrible. But that’s also part of the game.”
Shafer also says the team will look at potentially moving someone to corner, but would not divulge any specifics before a game. Chauncey Scissum, redshirt freshman safety, worked with the corners last season. He is could potentially drop down as could Ritchy Desir.
The Orange face Notre Dame on Saturday at 8pm in MetLife Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ABC.