Riley Leonard met with reporters in South Bend on Friday afternoon.

Leonard was asked about several topics, including his injured ankle. Leonard confirmed previous reports that he had tightrope surgery on his injury ankle in mid-January.

“I got surgery a couple of weeks ago,” Leonard said. “Everything went super well. I’m walking around now with no boot … I’m feeling good now.”

Leonard is expected to be medically cleared from the surgery in a couple of weeks — with plenty of time to spare before Notre Dame begins spring practices.

Leonard initially injured his ankle in Duke’s loss to the Fighting Irish last season. Although he briefly returned a couple of weeks later, Leonard missed most of the second half of the season as he dealt with ankle and toe injuries.

Mobility is a big part of Leonard’s game. During his best season at Duke in 2022, Leonard rushed for 722 yards and 13 touchdowns. Notre Dame will be hoping he can tap into that ability as he leads the Irish’s offense in 2024.

Fans will get their first look at Leonard in a Notre Dame jersey during the Blue-Gold Game on April 20.