Notre Dame has had a pretty good run at wide receiver and tight end for over a decade. Names like Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Eifert, Golden Tate, Will Fuller, Michael Floyd, Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson, and Anthony Fasano are synonymous with being some of the best that college football has seen during this run.
Most schools would love to have a list like that for their history, but the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have compiled those names very recently.
Where do the Irish stand this year?
Obviously, Notre Dame fans are excited about Torri Hunter Jr. and all that he brings to the table, but is he “the guy,” at wide receiver? With the suspension of Alize’ Jones, is Nic Weishar the answer at tight end?
News coming out of camp has been bi-polar at best. The talent and athleticism seems to be there, but onlookers at practice have been pretty critical about all of the possibilities at both positions. Most notably, dropped balls and routes that have looked less than crisp.
Is this a product of a quarterback battle? Once a starter is named and put in place, will the receivers fall in line with better play? Are we making too much of something that should be worked out in camp?
No matter the answers here, Notre Dame is in search and in need of a guy that will rise above and play like one of the best in the country. They might even be in need of two of those guys. With so much turnover at the tight end and receiver position from last year, there may very well be a sweet surprise in store for Irish fans. The answer remains the question though- who?