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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #80 Durham Smythe

Straight out of Texas, here’s Durham Smythe

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The next Notre Dame Fighting Irish player in the player profile series is - the one and only - #80 Durham Smythe. The 5th year senior is the returning starter at tight end, presumably alongside Alizé Mack. At 6’6 and 256 lbs, he presents a massive target for first year starter Brandon Wimbush. He brings 137 career yards along with 5 touchdowns in production to this offense. This is admittedly a meager career total, but he has been an important piece of the puzzle for Notre Dame’s offense. At 6’6 and 256 lbs, he presents a massive target for first year starter Brandon Wimbush.

3 Things to Know about Durham Smythe

  1. He is from Belton, Texas. This happens to be the same hometown of New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson.
  2. He was recently named to the John Mackey Award Watch List, along with fellow Notre Dame tight end Alizé Mack.
  3. He is majoring in sociology. Studying social problems in addition to studying defenses? Impressive.

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This is an interesting - albeit very brief - exclusive with Smythe that really helps you to get a sense of who he is as a person.

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Durham, “The Texas Titan”, Smythe. Smythe is a big dude, as were Titans, and he is from Texas. This one just made too much sense not to use.

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2017 Outlook

Expecting an explosive, Eifert-esque season from Smythe would be unreasonable. However, under tight end guru Chip Long, anything is possible. So if Mack doesn’t produce as a receiver like expected, Smythe may end up picking up the slack and having a big year. At the absolute least, though, Smythe will be a solid contributor to this offense while on the field as a well-rounded option at tight end. Provided he stays healthy, he will be of significant assistance in making this offense run smoothly in his final year at Notre Dame.