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.
#56 Howard Cross III, DT
Up next for the Irish is the 6 ft. 270lb defensive lineman from New Jersey. He was a consensus 4 star recruit and was rated as the 23rd best defensive end recruit in the country. His Father, Howard Cross Jr., played 13 years for the New York Giants in the NFL. Cross took advantage of the new red shirt rules, playing in 4 games while still maintaining his eligibility. He took advantage in his limited action against New Mexico, Bowling Green, Michigan, and Navy. He tallied 7 tackles in those appearances, with a whopping 5 against Navy.
In his limited action, he showed to be staunch against the Navy Midshipmen, totaling 5 tackles. Since I don’t have much else to go off of, he is officially a Navy Stopper until I am proven otherwise.
One of the most important things you can do as a freshman when you get limited time is to make a play. It sounds simple, but the fact that he made 7 tackles in 4 games on the d-line shows that he is a playmaker. He did, however, have offseason shoulder surgery, so until we get updates from Brian Kelly, it is tough to predict where he will be when camp opens. He will be behind Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Jayson Ademilola, while also competing against incoming freshman Rylie Mills. Barring his health concern coming off surgery, he should definitely see rotational time at DT throughout 2020.