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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #84 Cole Kmet

Cole Kmet is back on the football field looking for a successful sophomore season.

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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.

#84 Cole Kmet

Cole Kmet is a sophomore tight end from Lake Barrington, Illinois. He stands at 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 255 pounds. He will be thrust into a bigger role this season. As a freshman, he got his feet wet playing in a few games. With the loss of Durham Smythe, the tight end position will need a boost and it could come from Kmet. He has all the tools to be a breakout player in 2018.

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Three Things To Know About Cole Kmet:

  1. Many Irish fans know this by now, but Kmet is also on the Notre Dame baseball team. He spent last year as the closing pitcher and even took some at-bats later in the season.
  2. Cole Kmet was a prized recruit coming out of high school. He was a consensus top 4 tight end in the entire country.
  3. Kmet comes from an athletic family. His father Frank played football for Purdue. Cole’s younger brother Casey will join him on the Notre Dame baseball team in a few years as Casey will graduate high school in 2019.

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You always know what you’re going to get with ketchup. You know when it will taste good with a food and you know when it will taste poorly with a food. That is exactly the vibe I get with Cole Kmet. He seems like a young man who goes about his business in a mature way. On the right path and even keeled. From a coaches perspective, you know what you are going to get every day from him as a player. Cole Kmet is ketchup.

2018 Outlook

The tight end position is up for grabs. Alize Mack has a ton of potential but has not put together a consistent enough performance to know what you are going to get from him. Cole Kmet could easily ascend into the number one tight end by the end of the season. Irish fans should hope for Mack to come full circle this year as he is uber talented. But with young tight ends on the roster like Cole Kmet, the position is in good hands either way.