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Notre Dame Football Depth Chart: Miami Week; The Case For Chase Claypool

The depth chart for Notre Dame football could use a few adjustments.

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The depth chart for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team has remained pretty steady since the first couple weeks of the season. As the Irish get set to take on the Miami Hurricanes, I have to ask... should it? Should the depth chart get shook up a bit on a 2-5 team that's struggling to get a bowl bid at the very least?

It should, but it doesn't have to be a huge move. There is a subtle change that can and should be made, and its name is Chase Claypool.

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

We have all been a witness to what Chase Claypool can bring to the football field. He is an incredible athlete and plays as hard- if not harder, than anyone else out in the field.

In many ways, Claypool reminds me of Bennett Jackson and James Onwualu. Guys that started out on offense as wide receivers, but their aggressiveness was so bountiful, they eventually found a home on defense.

Claypool, as it has been suggested by others such as Tim Prister of Irish Illustrated, could make a very good safety.

However, for our purposes here today, I think Notre Dame needs to tap into that athleticism and aggressiveness, and find more ways to include Chase in the offense at tight end and h-back- even game plan around him.

It’s no secret that Notre Dame has been severely lacking in production at tight end this season. The loss of Alize’ Jones as an academic casualty for the semester and the shaky play from both Durham Smythe and Nic Weishar has made the once valuable position, basically just another body out on the field.

I think a guy like Claypool not only adds much more of a threat as a receiver than the other two, but also adds much more as a run blocker- even while giving up a few pounds.

Perhaps this is all folly, but in a season like this, calculated chances can pay off with huge payouts.