The 2015 edition of the Notre Dame Football team suits up for the final time tomorrow afternoon. Well, it'll be 10 AM o'clock local time out in Arizona because how dare you even let the idea enter your mind that the Rose Bowl could kickoff at anything other than 5 PM ET.
Here's how we see the roster shaping up one last time this season.
Nose guard Jarron Jones will be playing his first snaps of the season after injury his knee in fall camp back in August. For the record, he already took a redshirt and is not wasting a year of eligibility. We'll project him to get some backup reps behind Daniel Cage, although Cage has been dealing with a sprained ankle during bowl practices. If that injury is bad enough freshman Jerry Tillery should get a lot more reps.
Durham Smythe returns from knee and shoulder injuries since missing all contests since late in the Virginia game. We've slotted him atop the depth chart based solely on him being the No. 1 guy before his injury although it's a crap shoot to guess who plays the most among this position group.
After missing the last two games, James Onwualu will be back at the strong-side linebacker spot.
There was some worry that running back C.J. Prosise wouldn't be super-duper 100% after a high sprain in the Boston College game. Kelly said he is healthy and ready to play against Ohio State.
A new injury popped up recently as corner Devin Butler--who was starting for the injured KeiVarae Russell--broke a bone in his foot and will miss the Fiesta Bowl. Now, sophomore corner Nick Watkins will get his first career start after playing special teams over the last 2 years.
Due to a violation of teams rules starting free safety Max Redfield was sent home a couple of days ago. Kelly did not come right out and name a starter in his absence but it is assumed crafty veteran Matthias Farley will get the nod. Really, he's the only sensible option. If there is an injury to either safety Notre Dame is looking at playing Baratti, who has 34 total snaps in 2015, or true freshman Fertitta who has been on special teams all year but has not taken a snap from scrimmage. Senior John Turner has not stepped on the field this year and appears not to be an option.
With Farley at safety there does not appear to be a nickel corner available, unless receiver Torii Hunter is looked at like a viable option after logging 5 snaps there over the last month of the season. The third corner, true freshman Nick Coleman, could be an option but Kelly mentioned a while ago they weren't cross-training him there because they didn't want to hurt his development as a true corner.
True freshman receiver Jalen Guyton was suspended from the team a few weeks ago and did not travel with the team to Arizona. It has been reported that he'll be leaving school and not returning for the spring semester, although there hasn't been any official confirmation of this from Notre Dame yet. Since he didn't play in 2015 the impact on the depth chart is null.
Elsewhere, the depth chart looks the same as it did for the bulk of the season. Go Irish!