I think I had to take a double and even triple take at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish depth chart for their game against the Duke Blue Devils. It’s the same as last week- GASP!
|Position||1st Team||2nd Team (& OR)|
|Quarterback||DeShone Kizer||Malik Zaire|
|Running Back||Josh Adams||OR Tarean Folston|
|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||Te'von Coney||Asmar Bilal|
|MIKE Linebacker||Nyles Morgan||Geer Martini|
|SAM Linebacker||James Onwualu||Jamir Jones|
|Left Cornerback||Nick Coleman||Donte Vaughn|
|Strong Safety||Drue Tranquill||Avery Sebastian|
|Free Safety||Devin Studstill||Jalen Elliot|
|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 that should not be so shocking, it kind of is when you consider all of the injuries and what not over the past couple of seasons. It seems like the depth chart would change somewhat.
Honestly, this makes me wonder quite a bit about what kind of talent Notre Dame has, and what they are trying to do with it as well.
With all those young kids in the secondary, one might imagine that a different combination of players could be used- especially after a loss like last week. I’m not blaming the defensive backs, but there and elsewhere, the lack of a shake up says something.
Brian Kelly and his assistants trust the players that they have, and hopefully, the coaches choose to do a better job in preparing themn each week.