Welcome back to another Bagpipe Monday on One Foot Down, and friends... IT’S GAME WEEK Y’ALL!!! That’s right — we made it. Holy shit — we made it. The last time we saw the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in pads and playing football was over 8 months ago when the boys handed out a butt whooping to the Iowa St. Cyclones. Through all of what 2020 has unleashed on the world, Notre Dame will play football this Saturday against the Duke Blue Devils.
And we know next to nothing. I mean, we know some things, but the normal insight heading into a season via fall camp (and even spring football) is very, very slim. The good news (and easy part) is that there are a lot of starters coming back for 2020, and the continuity with the coaching staff is strong.
Still... there feels like there is a lot of wiggle room for players that haven’t made much of an impact yet to emerge as future stars. Here are 5 guys that I will definitely be paying close attention to this Saturday against Duke. Which one will have a “break out” type of performance?
Jordan Genmark Heath: Probable starter at BUCK and a senior. It’s a lot like the Asmar Bilal story, although Bilal had more experience heading into last year.
Chris Tyree: The dynamic running back is a speedster with enough pop to make Brian Kelly take notice.
Kyren Williams: The probable RB1 was left in purgatory after the Louisville game last year as a true freshman. He has been the star of fall camp (from what we can tell).
Tommy Tremble: Probable starter at TE and got bigger in the offseason. Even though Tremble has received a ton of love from us, he still only caught 16 balls in 2019 with a quarter of those as touchdowns.
Isaiah Foskey: Foskey saw limited action last year as the Irish wanted him to keep a redshirt, and with the depth on hand it was a luxury they could afford. I’m not sure exactly where Foskey fits on the Vyper depth chart, but he’s incredibly impressive and hungry.
What player will break out versus Duke?
This poll is closed
Jordan Genmark Heath
And now, the tradition season-opening bagpipes: