As in every year of college football, a fresh band of stars emerge in one season to some other. This season will undoubtedly be no different and for Notre Dame, you can find more a few players who will make a substantial leap in the eyes of college football fans everywhere. Here are some observations on Marcus Freemans first regular season depth chart.
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It wasnt just one single or, it had been two meaning three backs are viewed at as equal heading in to the year. It’ll be interesting how this plays out, just how much playing time all of Chris Tyree, Logan Diggs or Audric Estime actually get. Will they will have much rotation, maybe there is some set roles as well as will one of these emerge because the unquestioned starter? Nonetheless it shakes out, its nice to possess three quality running backs that all can help in different ways.
Jack Kiser is listed because the starter at the Rover while being second-team Will. JD Bertrand may be the starter at the Mike and second-team Rover. What that informs me is that Freeman and defensive coordinator Al Golden will likely have that duo on the field all the time. Great to see Prince Kollie crack the two-deep but a little disappointing never to see last years lone 5-star Jaylen Sneed not listed. His classmate Niuafe Tuihalamaka was however, so nice to start to see the 2022 class already making some waves.
This is simply not nearly the starting tackles, Joe Alt and Blake Fisher both being true sophomores with experience. Rocco Spindler and Pat Coogan in exactly the same class are backups, redshirted this past year and so are both in backups. Tosh Baker and Michael Carmody are redshirt sophomores too. Only Jarrett Patterson and Josh Lugg could have exhausted their eligibility by the finish of the season. Young and deep across the trenches offensively.
While showing flashes each one of the past two season, Mills just could never crack the rotation. He’s got done that offseason, as he now could be listed because the starter at defensive end. Mills may be the guy which makes a significant breakthrough, much like what Isaiah Foskey did last season. Expect Mills to fly past his three career sacks this fall.
All but two players listed on the defensive backfield depth chart is really a junior in eligibility. Brandon Joseph, Cam Hart, Tariq Bracy, DJ Brown, Houston Griffith, Ramon Henderson, and Clarence Lewis have observed a lot of game action throughout their careers. Experienced DBs certainly are a big advantage, they wont get fooled often because they have seen almost anything a collegiate offense can perform.
Wide receiver Lorenzo Styles Jr., tackles Joe Alt and Blake Fisher, quarterback Tyler Buchner and running backs Diggs and Estime were members of the 2021 class. All of them are starters or bracketed as starters. The six are joined by wide receiver Deion Colzie, offensive lineman Spindler and Coogan and tight end Davis Sherwood are listed on the two-deep. Thats a huge amount of offensive talent already turning up from the single class.
It could be normal to see one freshman cornerback on the two-deep, however the Irish have two in Jaden Mickey and Benjamin Morrison. It wasnt surprising seeing Mickey listed, he did enroll early and got a head start. It really is for Morrison who arrived on the summer but has obviously already impressed the coaching staff. They’ll need game reps as noted previously, there exists a ton of experience but unknown just how much will return in 2023.