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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #55 Jonathan Bonner

The graduate student from Missouri, it’s Jonathan Bonner

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about all of them. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2018 season.

#55 Jonathan Bonner

This time up, we have 5th Year defensive tackle Jonathan Bonner. From Chesterfield, Missouri, Bonner has played a rotational role on the defensive line for each of the past three seasons in South Bend. While he hasn’t been a consistent starter, he has without a doubt contributed and will do so again in 2018. His last season with Notre Dame may very well be his most productive, too.

3 Things About Jonathan Bonner

  1. He majored in Information Technology Management in the Mendoza College of Business.
  2. Bonner is the nephew of former Irish running back Dan Knott, a reserve on the 1977 National Championship team.
  3. Bonner led his high school team in touchdown receptions (7) as a senior - although this hasn’t enticed Chip Long just yet.

YouTube Hot Fire

This analysis of his high school tape shows the potential he exhibited coming to South Bend.

Country, Condiment, or Canon

Identifying the player as either a country, condiment, or member of the Star Wars Canon.


The neutral-est of all countries in the world.

Switzerland - and this is no knock on the country itself - is just there. It doesn’t involve itself in much global political drama, nor does the thought of “Switzerland” immediately lead to any sort of extreme reaction. Very, very few people hate or love Switzerland.

In the same way, Bonner is a very neutral piece of this Notre Dame football team. Very few people are thrilled about him going into his fifth year, but even fewer are worried or pessimistic. No, he won’t be a Myles Garrett type of impact player. But it certainly doesn’t hurt having Bonner as a piece along the defensive line.

2018 Outlook

There isn’t much to be said for Jonathan Bonner going into this upcoming season. He is not expected to have a breakout year of any sort. He’s not expected to do much more than he has in the past. His tenure in South Bend has mostly been spent as a more rotational player, and will likely remain that way. With as much experience as he has, he may get more playing time in 2018 than he has before, but it shouldn’t be anything overly drastic. If Bonner can keep being Switzerland, that would likely be the ideal outcome for this defense.