We’re back everybody! Football is back and more importantly NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH FOOTBALL IS BACK. Each and every week I’ll be giving you my Picks to Click. If you’re not a fan of White Sox baseball or you didn’t follow along last season, you might be asking “what is a pick to click?” Basically picks to click are predictions on who will have good game. Feel free to leave your picks to click in the comment section below. Without any further ado, let’s go!
Brandon Wimbush - Junior - QB
Wimbush might be a first year starter, but he’s not like most rookies. This will be his third season in the program, so the first game jitters shouldn’t be as bad for him. I also get the impression that he’s a pretty calm and collected kind of guy, which bodes well for being the starting quarterback at Notre Dame.
On top of that, his arsenal of weapons is LOADED. He has multiple running backs who can shoulder the load. His wide receiving corps, while young is supremely talented and led by a pretty good one in Equanimeous St. Brown. His has an amplitude of tight ends, all of whom are more than capable of causing some damage. Most importantly the guys protecting him, his offensive line, should be one of the best in the country this season led by future first rounders Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey. It’s almost like a perfect storm for Wimbush. I expect him to have a strong debut as the Irish starter.
Daelin Hayes - Sophomore - DE
After having a great fall camp I (and most other Irish fans) am really high on Hayes going into this season. The one practice I was able to attend two weeks ago only reaffirmed those hopes. I saw Hayes blow by Notre Dame’s starting right tackle (Tommy Kraemer) and running back (Tony Jones Jr.) for a sack. I like Hayes to get at least one sack and wreak havoc against a young Temple offensive line.
Jerry Tillery - Junior - DT
After playing a lot as a freshman in 2015, we’ve all been waiting for the breakout of Jerry Tillery. If Notre Dame is to turn it around this season, and I mean seriously turn it around, Tillery will need to develop into the player we all thought he’d be after his freshman season. We’ve seen flashes here and there from Tillery, but we’ve yet to see consistency. Hopefully that starts on Saturday.
All reports say Tillery had a very good fall camp. Tim O’Malley from Irish Illustrated went as far to rank Tillery the 12th best player on the team. I’m not sure anyone would have been saying that at the end of last season. He has a very good chance to get the season off on a good note, as Temple will be starting Matt Hennessy, a red shirt freshmen, at center. Because of that I’m going with Tillery as my third and final Pick to Click.
Who are yours? Let us know in the comment section below!