The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. 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 2019 season.
#78 Tommy Kraemer, Offensive Line
The 6’6 319lb Guard from Elder high school out of Cincy (shoutout Skyline Chili) heads into his Senior Year after starting the previous 2 seasons. He made the move to Right Guard last year after playing 12 games at tackle during the 2017 season. Kraemer had relatively inconsistent play last year with a tweaked ankle, and was replaced by Trevor Ruhland in 2 instances. However, he looks so head into this year more confident and a veteran leader. Watch Lists seem to agree, as he made the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy, given to the countries best interior lineman. Reports have all been positive about his off season training, focusing on his playing weight and agility.
Also, looks like him and Strength Coach Matt Balis have a great bond. That...OR Balis throws out encouraging head butts, which is not out of the question.
This is it. This is a coach’s dream. This is a player’s dream. This moment doesn’t happen often. This is what the realization that you’re both giving 100% of your being to a cause greater than yourself looks like. This is college football. This is Notre Dame. pic.twitter.com/6D6S6yUTyP— Hunter Bivin (@HunterBivin) February 3, 2019
Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, or Chicago
Digging deep here as we approach the end. How about T-Swift getting in on the rap game, while maintaining a huge smile on her face? This is how I think guards feel when the level someone while pulling down field.....tons of rage, but with a smile on their face.
Hey Dog HEY!
Tibetan Matiff. These dogs are huge. So is Kraemer.
Kraemer should hold down the spot at right guard for the whole season, barring injuries. We will see in camp/early in the season how true the reports are about his quickness and mobility. While not expecting him to have Quenton Nelson like downfield blocks, he should be more of a force entering his second season at guard. Look for him to have a much improved senior season and return for a 5th year as a true veteran for 2020. His best football is definitely ahead of him.
YouTube Hot Fire
This. Is. What. You. Want. Out. Of. Offensive Lineman. NEAT! He made it through the corned beef and cheese, but struggled with the bread and sauerkraut (I’ll allow it).