At one point this morning there was some real concern about Notre Dame vs. Clemson going on as scheduled. Would the game be moved up to earlier in the day? Would the game be moved to Sunday? Would the game be moved to another stadium? Would it cancelled and/or rescheduled?
We're playing football tomorrow night, folks.
It's currently not raining in Clemson, South Carolina at the moment but starting around midnight on the east coast the area is supposed to get up to 6 inches of rain up until kickoff tomorrow evening. The good news, if there is any right now, is that the rain is supposed to let up a little bit during the game. The game is still likely to be sloppy and a mess but at least it might make the trip home for everyone a little safer.
Tyler Luatua was a game-time decision last week and ultimately sat out against UMass. He's already been ruled out again this weekend with a concussion. From the words of Kelly it sounded like Luatua could have played but they are just being extra special cautious and he'll be back for Navy. Being without your big H-back blocking tight end could be a sneaky big blow to the Irish if the weather truly is terrible.
Although freshman Alize Jones has played a lot early in games we've moved Nic Weishar to the top of the tight end depth based on him playing a lot more with the first team last week and the staff probably leaning more on the older player this week with Smythe and Luatua unavailable.
Corey Robinson was held out last week with a bruised knee and his MRI earlier this week was negative. He's back in the lineup for Clemson.
Junior Max Redfield did not start last week but is back in that role this weekend. Nicky Baratti is officially the 4th safety now and logged 24 snaps last week with the backup defense.
True sophomore Grant Blankenship will officially remain as such for the rest of 2015. He played his first snaps of the season last week against UMass. This leaves Jay Hayes, Micah Dew-Treadway, Elijah Taylor, and Brandon Tiassum as the defensive linemen who have not played yet this year. Within the last hour, Irish Sports Daily tweeted that Jay Hayes did make the travel roster to Clemson.
Last week we were waiting to see who would get the 2nd-team snaps at right guard and those went predominantly to Colin McGovern who logged over three times as many snaps as John Montelus.
Heading into week 5 the true freshmen still holding their redshirts include: WR Jalen Guyton, WR Miles Boykin, C Tristen Hoge, OG Trevor Ruhland, DT Brandon Tiassum, DT Elijah Taylor, DT Micah Dew-Treadway, LB Josh Barajas, LB Asmar Bilal, CB Shaun Crawford, CB Ashton White, and S Mykelti Williams.