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Notre Dame VS Louisville Depth Chart: Paul Moala OUT for the season

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Prepping for the birds

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 28 Camping World Bowl - Notre Dame v Iowa State Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are quickly moving on from last week’s win over Florida State Seminoles and begin to prepare for the next ACC opponent — the Louisville Cardinals.

On Monday Notre Dame released their depth chart for the week, and missing at the 2-deep at ROVER is Paul Moala who suffered an injury against the Noles. Kelly addressed this in his press conference:

“As it relates to Paul Moala, unfortunately I have to report he tore his Achilles tendon and is scheduled for surgery. Isaiah Pryor is going to be backing up Jeremiah at that position. He’ll be getting a lot of the work there and as he’s learning the position, we’ll also employ kind of what we did last year, a nickel situation there as well as we can also play with a third linebacker. So we have some options there as well.”

Here’s how the depth charts look...

OFFENSE

DEPTH CHART — OFFENSE

QB RB WR WR WR TE LT LG C RG RT
QB RB WR WR WR TE LT LG C RG RT
12 Ian Book 23 Kyren Williams 88 Javon McKinley 11 Ben Skowronek 3 Avery Davis 89 Brock Wright 74 Liam Eichenberg 69 Aaron Banks 52 Zeke Correll 78 Tommy Kraemer 72 Robert Hainsey
7 Brendan Clark 25 Chris Tyree 8 Jafar Armstrong 18 Joe Wilkins Jr. 18 Joe Wilkins Jr. 24 Tommy Tremble 73 Andrew Kristofic 76 Dillan Gibbons OR 75 Josh Lugg 75 Josh Lugg 77 Quinn Carroll
- OR 20 C'Bo Flemister - - - OR 87 Michael Mayer - - - - -
- - - - - OR 85 George Takacs - - - - -

There are no changes to the offensive depth chart this week. Against FSU we saw a vast majority of the carries go to Kyren Williams and Chris Tyree with a few leftover for C’Bo Flemister. I expect more of the same this week. It’s also important to keep in mind that the tight end depth chart is a little misleading — and basically useless. We’ve seen the roles Tommy Tremble, Michael Mayer, and Brock Wright have played this year and we should only expect more of the same. After a solid performance off of the bench, Dillan Gibbons should no longer be looked at as just a name on the depth chart in place of Josh Lugg.

DEFENSE

DEPTH CHART — DEFENSE

VYPER DE DT NG STRONG DE BUCK MIKE ROVER CB SS FS CB
VYPER DE DT NG STRONG DE BUCK MIKE ROVER CB SS FS CB
9 Daelin Hayes 95 Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa 41 Kurt Hinish 91 Ade Ogundeji 33 Shayne Simon 40 Drew White 6 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah 4 Nick McCloud 20 Shaun Crawford 14 Kyle Hamilton 26 Clarence Lewis
29 Ovie Oghoufo 99 Rylie Mills 54 Jacob Lacey 19 Justin Ademilola OR 35 Marist Liufau 52 Bo Bauer 10 Isaiah Pryor 5 Cam Hart 3 Houston Griffith 12 DJ Brown 28 TaRiq Bracy
OR 7 Isaiah Foskey - OR 56 Howard Cross III OR 7 Isaiah Foskey OR 24 Jack Kiser - - - 16 KJ Wallace K.J. Wallace -

The only major change here is that of Isaiah Pryor replacing the injured Paul Moala at ROVER as Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah’s backup. Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa was not available last week and might be ready to go this week — but is not listed on the depth chart. Rylie Mills is still listed at NG in place of Jamion Franklin. Kelly was hopeful that both MTA and Jack Kiser would be available this week (but he is always eternally optimistic). Notre Dame’s secondary should be back in order after dealing with the after effects of COVID (we assume) last week.

SPECIAL TEAMS

DEPTH CHART — SPECIAL TEAMS

KICKOFF PLACEKICKER PUNTER LONG SNAPPER HOLDER PUNT RETURN KICK RETURN
KICKOFF PLACEKICKER PUNTER LONG SNAPPER HOLDER PUNT RETURN KICK RETURN
39 Jonathan Doerer 39 Joanathan Doerer 19 Jay Bramblett 65 Michael Vinson 19 Jay Bramblett 32 Matt Salerno 25 Chris Tyree
38 Dawson Goepferich 38 Dawson Goepferich 38 Dawson Goepferich 44 Alex Peitsch 14 JD Carney OR Lawrence Keys III 8 Jafar Armstrong

Kevin Austin, who should be about 100% this week, replaces Lawrence Keys III as the punt returner — although Kelly said they will look at both him and Matt Salerno this week. For those looking for more of a gamebreaker returning punts... this is your time to shine.