With the likes of Fasano, Carlson, Rudolph and Eifert to come through South Bend the name Tight End U seemed appropriate, but with the lack of top tight ends to come out of Notre Dame recently that name isn’t as appropriate anymore.
There is another nickname that fits just a little bit better and that’s Wide Receiver U. Going back the last 12-14 years some great receivers have come through the Irish program. From Jeff Samardzija all the way to Will Fuller, the Irish have been littered with top flight receivers. Let’s just run through the list, shall we?
Those are just the star players though. The complementary receivers weren’t too shabby either. David Grimes, Robby Parris, Duval Kumara, Robby Toma, Davaris Daniels, Corey Robinson, Chris Brown and Torii Hunter Jr. all had/are having pretty productive Notre Dame careers.
The line isn’t stopping with Fuller either. Equanimeous St. Brown looks like he’s the next great Notre Dame wide receiver. He’s actually on pace for a Will Fuller-or-better-type season this year. Last year Fuller had 491 yards and six touchdowns though the first fives games. This season St. Brown has 541 yards and six touchdowns through five games.
DeShone Kizer has shown a propensity to throw the ball to St. Brown more than anyone else, so it is conceivable that St. Brown will remain on this pace. Another thing to consider is that Notre Dame’s running attack isn’t nearly as good as it was last season, so they have shown they will throw the ball at a much higher rate creating more opportunities for St. Brown.
Outside of St. Brown, there are others on this roster that could also develop into special players and keep the line of Wide Receiver U going. Chase Claypool, Miles Boykin and Kevin Stepherson all have shown flashes of what they can do.
With the production Notre Dame wide receivers offense are having, it’s hard to see this line of Wide Receiver U stopping because they will keep attracting top wide receiver talent.