The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ride into their game with the Stanford Cardinal with the exact depth chart that they had last week.
|Position||1st Team||2nd Team (& OR)|
|Quarterback||DeShone Kizer||Malik Zaire|
|Running Back||Josh Adams||Tarean Folston OR Dexter Williams|
|W Receiver||Equanimeous St. Brown||Miles Boykin OR Chase Claypool|
|X Receiver||Torii Hunter Jr.||Kevin Stepherson|
|Z Receiver||CJ Sanders||Corey Holmes OR Chris Finke|
|Tight End||Durham Smythe||Nic Weishar|
|Left Tackle||Mike McGlinchey||Hunter Bivin|
|Left Guard||Quenton Nelson||Trevor Ruhland|
|Center||Sam Mustipher||Mark Harrell|
|Right Guard||Colin McGovern||Tristan Hoge|
|Right Tackle||Alex Bars||Tommy Kraemer|
|WDE||Andrew Trumbetti||Jay Hayes OR Daelin Hayes|
|Defensive Tackle||Jerry Tillery||Elijah Taylor|
|Nose Guard||Jarron Jones||Daniel cage OR Pete Mokwah|
|SDE||Isaac Rochell||Jonathon Bonner|
|WILL Linebacker||Te'von Coney||Asmar Bilal|
|MIKE Linebacker||Nyles Morgan||Geer Martini|
|SAM Linebacker||James Onwualu||Jamir Jones|
|Left Cornerback||Julian Love||Donte Vaughn|
|Strong Safety||Drue Tranquill||Jalen Elliott|
|Free Safety||Devin Studstill||Nicco Fertitta|
|Right Cornerback||Cole Luke||Troy Pride|
|Place Kicker||Justin Yoon||Tyler Newsome|
|Kickoffs||Tyler Newsome||Justin Yoon|
|Punter||Tyler Newsome||Jeff Riney|
|Long Snapper||Scott Daly||John Shannon|
|Holder||Montgomery VanGorder||DeShone Kizer|
|Punt Return||CJ Sanders||Chris Finke|
|Kickoff Return||CJ Sanders||OR Dexter Williams|
Although that seems a little boring (if you’re a sadist looking for a deep story here), after a little deeper reflection, you will realize that playing a game in a hurricane does little to nothing if you want to gauge how the young secondary will play.
Yes, for all of the excitement (kind of) of seeing so many freshmen on the two deep in the secondary, we weren’t able to witness any improvements. This week, however, Notre Dame will be playing in a much different environment and given the poor offensive play of the Cardinal so far in 2016, maybe we see the confidence in these kids grow as we work towards the bye week.
Tarean Folston, although listed on the depth chart for the past two weeks, has not played in the last two games due to an ankle injury that he suffered in practice before the Syracuse game. Given the sluggish look of the senior running back in games this year, it’s hard to imagine him getting more than a handful of carries this week- even if he is fully healthy.
I remain completely and utterly amazed that Jay Hayes and Daelin Hayes are not 1A and 1B. Andrew Trumbetti has looked absolutely ineffective this season, and Notre Dame needs much more production at the position. I don’t believe he holds the point of attack well at all, and given the power offense that Stanford likes to run, perhaps the depth chart listing is a moot point.
5 Guys I’d like to see more of:
A tight end- any tight end making plays
Tyler Luatua (closest thing we have to a fullback)