2013 Fall Camp Depth Chart: Defense

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Earlier in the week we previewed the Irish depth chart as fall camp opens now we turn to the defense.

Yesterday we published a look at the Irish depth chart on offense and now we'll take a look at the other side of the ball. As a reminder the team is currently training at Shilo Park in Marion, Indiana before returning to Notre Dame on Friday.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
7 Stephon Tuitt JR 6-6.5/322 Defensive End
53 Justin Utupo SR 6-0.5/290 Defensive End
94 Jarron Jones SO 6-5.5/305 Defensive End
89 Jacob Matuska FR 6-4.5/275 Defensive End

Vanderdoes had a change of heart, didn't want to take a summer class, followed his personal trainer to UCLA his grandma get sick and has been removed as has Chase Hounshell after another shoulder surgery which will keep him out for all of 2013.

I'm not really paying much attention to weak versus strong-side positions here and Utupo, Jones, and Matuska have all been moved primarily to balance the numbers with an eye toward getting on the field first. Can Jones move up during camp?

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1 Louis Nix SR 6-2.5/357 Nose Guard
96 Kona Schwenke SR 6-3.5/303 Nose Guard
92 Tyler Stockton GR 5-11/284 Nose Guard

Back in February it looked like Stockton would be moving on from the program but he's back for a fifth season and could be looking at some playing time so he's been added back.

We may have Nix' most accurate weight to date.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
91 Sheldon Day SO 6-2/290 Defensive End
69 Tony Springmann JR 6-5.5/296 Defensive End
90 Isaac Rochell FR 6-3.5/280 Defensive End

Springmann has dropped a few more pounds and moved from nose guard to defensive end. I also flip flopped freshman Isaac Rochell to this side where he might have a better chance of seeing the field this fall coming off an impressive summer workout.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
55 Prince Shembo SR 6-1.5/258 Cat Linebacker
11 Ishaq Williams JR 6-5.5/261 Cat Linebacker
45 Romeo Okwara SO 6-4/258 Cat Linebacker

No major changes here although Shembo and Williams put on a little bit of weight. The young Okwara did better than that and has packed on nearly 20 pounds since the spring.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
48 Dan Fox GR 6-3/245 Will Linebacker
44 Carlo Calabrese GR 6-1/250 Will Linebacker
56 Anthony Rabasa JR 6-2.5/243 Will Linebacker
42 Michael Deeb FR 6-2/242 Will Linebacker

Although Rabasa is still listed as an outside linebacker on the official roster he's been moved here from Cat linebacker. Who knows if this is the correct move (he's been wandering all over the place for a couple seasons) but he physically fits the profile at Will right now.

No surprise with Deeb coming into his first camp at near perfect size for this position.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
59 Jarrett Grace JR 6-2.5/253 Mike Linebacker
8 Kendall Moore SR 6-1/251 Mike Linebacker
19 Doug Randolph FR 6-2/233 Mike Linebacker

Grace has packed on over 10 pounds and Moore just a little less to bring the two-deep players right to the targeted 250 range the coaches like to have at this position.

Randolph might have long-term plans elsewhere but he fits the profile pretty well in the middle for now and the depth is needed for 2013.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
13 Danny Spond SR 6-1.5/248 Dog Linebacker
30 Ben Councell JR 6-4.5/254 Dog Linebacker
9 Jaylon Smith FR 6-2.5/230 Dog Linebacker

Back in February I had Smith projected on the two-deep but I'll leave him behind Councell for now as camp opens. Councell's done all he can physically to get on the field by gaining another 14 pounds since the spring and roughly 30 pounds since he's arrived at Notre Dame.

Depending on the website Jaylon Smith has packed on anywhere from 10 to 18 pounds which should alleviate some concerns about the talented freshman---if you had any.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
6 KeiVarae Russell SO 5-11/190 Cornerback
23 Lo Wood SR 5-10.5/194 Cornerback
24 Josh Atkinson JR 5-11.5/197 Cornerback
36 Devin Butler FR 6-1/181 Cornerback

Nothing has changed at this corner spot. Russell gained 8 pounds, Wood is down 1 pound, and Atkinson gained a healthy 12 pounds. If Butler's height is accurate that's really good size for a freshman.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
41 Matthias Farley JR 5-11/204 Free Safety
10 Max Redfield FR 6-1/194 Free Safety
4 Eilar Hardy JR 5-11.5/201 Free Safety
16 Chris Badger SO 5-11.5/197 Free Safety

I've placed incoming 5-star freshman Max Redfield in the two-deep but he could be moved to a couple other positions during camp. Curiously, he's not as big as previously thought---still looks like a perfect nickel corner to me.

It's a nice positive to see Hardy about 25 pounds heavier than his listed weight from his freshman season. I moved Badger here to balance the numbers at safety and also because he's the smallest of the remaining backups.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
22 Elijah Shumate SO 6-0/213 Strong Safety
29 Nicky Baratti SO 6-1/206 Strong Safety
28 Austin Collinsworth SR 6-1/205 Strong Safety
31 John Turner SO 6-0.5/212 Strong Safety

Back in February I had a nickel corner spot with Elijah Shumate still starting there as he did in 2012. After starting at strong safety for all of spring I've moved Shumate here with fellow sophomore Nicky Baratti challenging him for a starting position.

It'll be interesting to see what the staff does with Austin Collinsworth as he is coming back from an injury. He appeared in line for a lot of playing time in 2012 before his shoulder injury. Also interesting that John Turner is now listed an inch and a half shorter than in the spring.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
2 Bennett Jackson SR 6-0/195 Cornerback
21 Jalen Brown JR 6-1/202 Cornerback
3 Cole Luke FR 5-11/184 Cornerback
26 Rashad Kinlaw FR 5-11/182 Cornerback

Jackson is back for his final year of eligibility and has put on 10 pounds. Jalen Brown played well in very limited reps last season and continues to have great size for a corner. The two new freshmen have decent size, although Kinlaw is roughly 3 inches shorter than some of the recruiting sites listed him at last year.

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
27 Kyle Brindza JR 6-1/236 Placekicker
40 Nick Tausch GR 6-0/195 Placekicker

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
27 Kyle Brindza JR 6-1/236 Punter
98 Alex Wulfeck GR 5-7/154 Punter

For now Brindza holds down both kicking roles but that could change in a couple weeks. Wake Forest transfer Alex Wulfeck is really tiny!

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