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 2020 season.
#24 Tommy Tremble, TE
Tommy Tremble is a rising junior from Norcross, Georgia, who comes into 2020 with three years of eligibility remaining. The son of former Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Greg Tremble, Tommy chose the Irish in December of his senior year at Wesleyan High School over competitive offers from the Michigan Wolverines and UCLA Bruins. Tremble was the #490 overall player in the country, #21 tight end and #52 player in Georgia in the 2018 class.
Despite his three-star ranking, Tremble was already known to possess elite athleticism and receiving ability during his recruitment, with room for improvement as an in-line blocker.
That skill set - both its strengths and its limitations - was on display in the 2019 regular season, when Tremble, in limited snaps, was a deadly weapon over the middle and in the red zone. Highlights included a clutch catch and run for a touchdown to put away the Louisville Cardinals and a score coming off a key punt block to pull the Irish off the ledge against the Stanford Cardinal. In total, Tremble caught 16 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns in his debut season.
The wildebeest is noted in the wild for its combination of large size and speed (it can reach up to 50 miles per hour in a sprint), as well as agility in space. Tremble is likewise a big, fast and tough runner who you do not want to see coming at you with a head of steam.
Also like a wildebeest, Tremble is at his best as a member of a larger group. In 2019, Tremble was not yet ready to be an every-down starter, but his downfield athleticism made him a lethal complement to Cole Kmet’s size and hands in the short-mid range game and Brock Wright’s hard-nosed blocking. Expect Tremble to continue to thrive as a key part of a large and talented Notre Dame tight ends group.
With Kmet now a Chicago Bear, Notre Dame has a vacancy at the tight end position. Brock Wright should get the majority of #1 snaps at tight end as he is a more well-rounded player, but expect to see a whole lot of Tremble, both split out and in-line - especially in the red zone - as he is the better receiving threat between the two. Tremble will make some big-time plays and lead the tight ends group in touchdowns over whatever Notre Dame’s next football season is.