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Notre Dame Football Depth Chart Has A Youth Movement

It looks so shocking, it took a couple of days to sink in.

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It only took five games, but the Notre Dame Fighting Irish depth chart has finally been turned upside down for the upcoming game against the NC State Wolfpack- at least on defense.

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

*It’s been a wild week at OFD HQ, so please forgive this late posting on the subject*

Notre Dame is in the middle of a youth movement in their secondary right now. For reasons due to injuries, suspensions, and just poor play, the Fighting Irish are the Fighting Freshmen in the backfield.

While it seems a little scary at first glance, I really like the way some of these guys have played when given a chance- like Donte Vaughn.

Although Devin Studstill is listed as the starter at free safety, he will be suspended for the first half of the NC State game because of the targeting penalty against Syracuse.

While I’m glad to see the shakeup on the back end, I’m almost shocked to continue to see Andrew Trumbetti at the top of the depth chart over Jay and Daelin Hayes. More than any other depth chart decision, this one makes me feel like bashing my head into a wall repeatedly. Like bashing my head into a wall repeatedly. Like bash- SEE?!

One other quick note here, because of Tarean Folston’s injury last week that kept him from playing, we saw more of Dexter Williams. In my opinion, he has looked like the best running back we have when given the chance. I would not be shocked (actually, delighted) if he got the bulk of the carries this week despite Josh Adams still sitting on the top of the depth chart. It’s still somewhat unknown as to how good or poor the field conditions will be on Saturday, and I don’t care how odd this sounds, but I like my running backs from Florida to carry the rock in hurricane weather (or even the edge of hurricane weather).