2013 Fall Camp Irish Depth Chart: Offense

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

With practices starting this week it's time to take a look at the Irish depth chart for the first time in 6 months.

Notre Dame opens fall camp today at Shilo Park in Marion, Indiana as the team gets to work with the coaching staff for the first time since the Blue Gold Game ended back on April 20th.

Roughly 6 months ago I took a stab at predicting the 2013 fall depth chart for the Irish. It wasn't too crazy I guess but a lot of stuff has happened since the winter. Today we'll make some adjustments more in the view of "this is how things stand heading into camp."

Here's a look at the Notre Dame roster in early August of Brian Kelly's 4th season.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
11 Tommy Rees SR 6-1.5/215 Quarterback
12 Andrew Hendrix SR 6-1.5/226 Quarterback
8 Malik Zaire FR 6-0/208 Quarterback

Tommy Rees ascends to the starting position with the semester suspension of Everett Golson. With the transfer of Gunner Kiel that's good news for Andrew Hendrix who moves up to second-string. Also, the Irish quarterbacks are not tall.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
4 George Atkinson JR 6-1.5/220 Running Back
33 Cam McDaniel JR 5-10/207 Running Back
6 Greg Bryant FR 5-10/204 Running Back
24 Tarean Folston FR 5-9.5/207 Running Back
32 Will Mahone SO 5-11/214 Running Back

Cam McDaniel was projected in the slot back in February but moves back to running back where he'll start camp in the two-deep at a not-so-small 207 pounds. The speedy George Atkinson is your number one guy until proven otherwise.

Everyone is in love with Greg Bryant's size, and rightfully so, but look at fellow incoming freshman Tarean Folston weighing more! Looks like the Cocoa, Florida native got real familiar with the squat rack in recent months by packing on 10 to 15 pounds.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
3 Amir Carlisle JR 5-10/190 Slot Receiver
20 C.J. Prosise SO 6-0.5/220 Slot Receiver
16 Torii Hunter FR 6-0/178 Slot Receiver

The projected slot receiver position has changed a bit since February. The projected starter for 2013 Davonte Neal has transferred to Arizona and Amir Carlisle has moved here from running back.

Former safety C.J. Prosise moved to receiver in the spring and has a good shot at some playing time this season. I thought he was a little taller (listed at 6-2 last season) but at 220 he's a very physical option to use in the slot.

Brian Kelly recently updated Hunter's status and it looks like he'll be able to start training full speed soon which should help him gain some weight.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
7 TJ Jones SR 5-11.5/195 X Receiver
87 Daniel Smith SR 6-4/213 X Receiver
17 James Onwualu FR 6-1/215 X Receiver
14 Luke Massa SR 6-4/237 X Receiver

The one outside receiver position remains the same as in winter with the exception of the transfer of Justin Ferguson who was projected to be third string. Now, that's moved true freshman James Onwualu up a spot and into a position to play as a rookie.

Massa is a long shot to play here and might as well move back to quarterback. He's grown into a tight end finally but the depth really isn't needed there.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
10 DaVaris Daniels JR 6-1.5/203 Z Receiver
2 Chris Brown SO 6-2/191 Z Receiver
88 Corey Robinson FR 6-4.5/205 Z Receiver
15 Will Fuller FR 6-0/171 Z Receiver

The other outside receiver position remains the same as before. Nice weight gains by the players in the two-deep, especially Chris Brown who has packed on 19 pounds since the winter.

There have been some reports from the summer that Fuller has looked very quick and he'll have to be at 171.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
85 Troy Niklas JR 6-6.5/270 Tight End
18 Ben Koyack JR 6-5/261 Tight End
82 Alex Welch SR 6-3.5/251 Tight End
9 Mike Heuerman FR 6-3.5/225 Tight End
87 Durham Smythe FR 6-4.5/235 Tight End

Hercules ain't come here to stop getting bigger. Looks like Niklas could fill in at tackle if need be.

Durham Smythe comes into his first season with good size while Heuerman's decent weight gain since the spring is a positive sign.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
70 Zack Martin GR 6-4/308 Left Tackle
79 Steve Elmer FR 6-5.5/317 Left Tackle
68 Mike McGlinchey FR 6-7.5/290 Left Tackle

True freshman Steve Elmer has tantalizing size and has apparently been moved from right tackle (where he worked in the spring) to potential All-American Zack Martin's backup.

Mike McGlinchey is a tower.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
66 Chris Watt GR 6-3/321 Left Guard
51 Bruce Heggie SR 6-5/290 Left Guard
60 John Montelus FR 6-4/340 Left Guard

Bruce Heggie moves from right to left guard. Even though he's technically in the two-deep he doesn't appear to be among the top 7 or 8 linemen which means he's much further away from playing than it looks.

Montelus is a really large human being. There's been a lot of talk since the new roster was published that Montelus may switch sides of the ball. It wouldn't be too shocking to see him at nose guard this time next year with another big haul of offensive linemen coming behind him for 2014.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
72 Nick Martin JR 6-4.5/295 Center
77 Matt Hegarty JR 6-4.5/300 Center
57 Hunter Bivin FR 6-5.5/291 Center

Back in the winter I had Nick Martin as the projected starter at right guard but it looks like the coaching staff is very comfortable with him becoming the team's new center. Matt Hegarty continues his comeback from heart surgery and fills out the two deep here.

Hunter Bivin remains at center but I don't think he stays here very long instead switching to guard with a couple really solid and veteran players with a lot of eligibility ahead of him at center.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
65 Connor Hanratty JR 6-4.5/309 Right Guard
75 Mark Harrell SO 6-4/305 Right Guard
62 Colin McGovern FR 6-4.5/313 Right Guard

I seemed to be asking a bit too much of Hegarty to win the starting center position and in February I had Connor Hanratty as his backup. Now, he's the projected starter at a position that will have plenty of competition during fall camp. Interestingly, the coaching staff doesn't seem afraid to move Elmer or Stanley here in addition to kicking Christian Lombard in from tackle.

It's nice to see Harrell's time as someone who needed to gain weight lasting just one season.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
74 Christian Lombard SR 6-5/315 Right Tackle
78 Ronnie Stanley SO 6-5.5/318 Right Tackle

Ronnie Stanley moves from the left side over here and could also battle at right guard as mentioned above. Lombard is the returning starter but the option remains open to move him inside as well.

Tate Nichols has been removed after taking a medical scholarship.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
4 George Atkinson JR 6-1.5/220 Kick Returner
33 Cam McDaniel JR 5-10/207 Kick Returner
10 Max Redfield FR 6-1/194 Kick Returner

Both of the players who took reps at kick returner are back for the Irish in 2013. For now I added one player who I think could be more dynamic and have a great shot at moving up to the starting position before the first game.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
3 Amir Carlisle JR 5-10/190 Punt Returner
33 Cam McDaniel JR 5-10/207 Punt Returner
20 C.J. Prosise SO 6-0.5/220 Punt Returner
25 Tarean Folston FR 5-9.5/207 Punt Returner

If there is a greater focus on improving punt return I don't know how Carlisle isn't the top option as camp begins. You could make a list of nearly 10 guys to try out here but I've kept this to players who are shorter, quick, and who could thrive with the ball in their hands.

Defense depth chart coming tomorrow!

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