Welcome back from the bye week. It's been a while since we've had to publish a depth chart so let's cut the chit-chat and get right into the good stuff.
During the USC game redshirt freshman guard Alex Bars suffered a broken ankle and is out for the season. He's now the 7th Notre Dame player to have his season cut short by injury.
Quenton Nelson (sprained ankle) is healthy again and will return to his left guard spot which he had ceded to Bars for what amounted to almost 2 full games.
From the sounds of Brian Kelly's recent meeting with the media it would be redshirt sophomore Colin McGovern who would be the next man in at either guard position. Kelly also mentioned that McGovern cross-trains at right tackle and would probably be the next man in there over Harrell.
Fellow redshirt sophomore John Montelus still gets some 2nd-team reps at guard but Kelly said while they like his strength it's McGovern's athleticism they covet more right now.
Yet another small tidbit from Kelly's Thursday presser was that Hoge has been getting some reps at center while Mustipher cross-trains a little bit at guard. That sounds like to me that the door is opening for Hoge to take over for Martin next year.
If you recall late in the USC game, Shumate made a tackle and then slowly jogged off the field favoring his shoulder. He had what amounted to a really bad stinger and wouldn't have played if there was a game last week. He was cleared for contact this Monday and is obviously starting.
Kelly wouldn't say who would start or play more between Redfield and Farley.
Elsewhere, the roster as a whole has stayed remarkably consistent throughout the year.