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.
#83 Chase Claypool, WR
Last season was pretty much the coming out party for Chase Claypool. He was not the favorite target for Ian Book (that would go to Miles Boykin, now a member of the Ravens); however, Book found Claypool many times last season to be a reliable member of the receving corps. In 2017, Brandon Wimbush would throw to Claypool a lot as well, but Chase truly solidified his place as an amost every-down receiver last season. In 2017, he saw game action in 11 games for 402 yards and 2 TDs. Last season, he played in all 13 games with 639 yeards and 4 TDs. He did not score all that many TDs, but he still had a solid amount of production.
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Chase Claypool belongs with Ian Book in their senior years. It’s a match that is perfect, and Chase can fill in for Miles Boykin as Book’s favorite target. Chase belongs with Ian, the offense, and Notre Dame at-large.
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As alluded to above, Miles Boykin’s departure to the NFL has left Chase Claypool naturally to takes his place at wide receiver. Claypool and Chris Finke are both the most veteran receivers the Irish have. With that experience, they will get the ball. The question becomes if Chase will step up to fill in Boykin’s shoes in the best way possible. He had good, and somewhat modest, production. He will have to ramp that up if he is going to help Ian Book succeed with his passes. There is not much more to say that you will see Chase Claypool as a receiver on almost every down. We shall see how he interacts and gets touches shared with Finke, Austin, Young, McKinley, et. al.
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