The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and head coach Brian Kelly, released the depth chart for this weeks game against the Texas Longhorns at the weekly Tuesday press conference.
|Position||1st Team||2nd Team (& OR)|
|Quarterback||DeShone Kizer||OR Malik Zaire|
|Running Back||Tarean Folston||OR Josh Adams|
|W Receiver||Equanimeous St. Brown||Miles Boykin|
|X Receiver||Torii Hunter Jr.||Kevin Stepherson|
|Z Receiver||CJ Sanders||Corey Holmes|
|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||OR Daniel cage|
|SDE||Isaac Rochell||Jonathon Bonner|
|WILL Linebacker||Greer Martini||Asmar Bilal|
|MIKE Linebacker||Nyles Morgan||Te'von Coney|
|SAM Linebacker||James Onwualu||Jamir Jones|
|Left Cornerback||Shaun Crawford||Nick Coleman|
|Strong Safety||Drue Tranquill||Jalen Ellioitt|
|Free Safety||Avery Sebastian||Devin Studstill|
|Right Cornerback||Cole Luke||Julian Love|
|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|
While I don’t see any MASSIVE surprises, it is very telling that Kelly has put most of the “Fulton County Five” on the two deep for Texas. Ashton White and Max Redfield (Redfield for obvious reasons) are the two that are not listed here.
A few names that pop out that we haven’t heard much about are:
Jalen Elliot SS
Jamir Jones SAM
Mark Harrell C
They may just be “names” at this point to keep them involved. If something happened to Tranquill, the likely scenario is that Sebastian moves to SS and Studstill moves up as the starter at FS. The same can be said of Jamir Jones. If something happens to Onwualu, the likely scenario there would probably be that Martini moves over to the SAM and Bilal moves up to start at the WILL.
Another interesting move is having Sanders at both punt return and kickoff return. We were lead to believe that this probably wouldn’t be the case and yet- here we are.
As with every depth chart, this is probably fluid, and of course the quarterback thing is still a thing. Brian Kelly seems to think that this will be “dynamic” and until proven otherwise, we should approach it with caution.