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The Top 25 Football players for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2019

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My humble ballot.

Khalid Kareem notre dame Mike Miller/One Foot Down

Douglas Farmer over at Inside the Irish finally finished this year’s Counting Down the Irish, and a collective Top 25 was generated once again. If you are unfamiliar with this series (shame on you) Farmer takes ballots from 13 different publications that cover the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to come up with the “top 25” for the given year. The voters were:

  • Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star
  • Michael Bryan, 18 Stripes
  • Bryan Driskell, Blue & Gold Illustrated
  • Matt Freeman, Irish Sports Daily
  • Ellen Geyer, The Observer
  • Tyler James, South Bend Tribune
  • Jack Leniart, Slap the Sign
  • Marek Mazurek, Fighting Irish Wire
  • Tim O’Malley, Irish Illustrated
  • Ryan Ritter, Her Loyal Sons
  • Pete Sampson, The Athletic
  • John Vannie, ND Nation
  • Josh Vowles, One Foot Down

So now that the top 25 has been published in its entirety, here was my ballot. The actual ranking is in parentheses:

1. Ian Book (2)

2. Julian Okwara (1)

3. Khalid Kareem (3)

4. Jalen Elliott (7)

5. Chase Claypool (5)

6. Alohi Gilman (4)

7. Troy Pride Jr. (6)

8. Chris Finke (8t)

9. Jafar Armstrong (11)

10. Robert Hainsey (12)

11. Cole Kmet (10)

12. Daelin Hayes (14)

13. Liam Eichenberg (8t)

14. Tommy Kraemer (13)

15. Kurt Hinish (16)

16. Aaron Banks (15)

17. Michael Young (21)

18. Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (17)

19. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (21)

20. Jarrett Patterson (18)

21. Jack Lamb (UR)

22. Shaun Crawford (23)

23. Tony Jones Jr. (22)

24. TaRiq Bracy (UR)

25. Asmar Bilal (19)

You can all call me out for talking a ton of smack about Donte Vaughn, but not having him in my rankings. I’m listening.