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.
#94 Darnell Ewell
Darnell Ewell is an interesting case this season, as the 6’3”, 324-pound defensive tackle came to South Bend as the defensive jewel in the 2017 class and as the assumed heir apparent to Jerry Tillery in the middle, but he has yet to see the field on Saturdays.
Meanwhile, lower-rated classmates Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Kurt Hinish were able to work into the defensive line rotation as true freshmen last season, solidifying themselves as likely key contributors for the 2018 season.
Now, Ewell is a little buried behind those guys, Tillery, and Jonathon Bonner, and it’s unclear if and when he will become the dominant force on the front line that everyone expected when he signed with the Irish. It should be interesting to see if he works his way into the rotation this year, or if he fails to break through until some of the upperclassmen like Tillery and Bonner depart.
3 Things To Know About Darnell Ewell
- He came to Notre Dame as a solid 4-star defensive tackle prospect, ranked in the top 10 at the position by both 247sports.com and Rivals.com. His other finalists when he chose ND were the Ohio State Buckeyes, Clemson Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Michigan Wolverines. Clemson offered him in eighth grade, in fact.
- He has a Twitter account THAT HAS NEVER TWEETED (as of 7/29/18), which is incredible considering he has had the account for 3.5 years now
- When his football career is over, Ewell wants to be a psychologist
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Country, Condiment, or Canon
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China is one of the biggest countries in the world, and according to known geopolitical expert and smartest guy in the office Michael Scott, China is a sleeping giant.
Similarly, Darnell Ewell is one of the absolute biggest guys on the Notre Dame football team, and has obviously yet to reach his full potential, considering his ratings coming in and his current position on the depth chart. But the potential to be great is absolutely there, and if Ewell ever puts it all together, he could be an absolute monster in the middle for defensive coordinator Clark Lea.
Barring a disastrous occurrence of injuries along the Irish defensive front, I don’t expect us to see Ewell too often in 2018. He can probably get some action at the end of some blowout games, but as of now there’s just too much proven experience and talent already above him on the depth chart to expect any major contributions. Hopefully he’s able to continue to develop his game and help out at nose tackle next year, spelling Kurt Hinish along with Ja’Mion Franklin.