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Notre Dame VS Duke: Fighting Irish Depth Chart

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: APR 13 Notre Dame Spring Game Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s game week for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as they welcome the Duke Blue Devils to South Bend to kickoff the 2020 season. Notre Dame released their season-opening depth chart — so let’s get into it.

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 - - - - -

It’s probably important to remind everyone that Notre Dame will certainly use a number of different packages, so the depth chart for the skill players can and will be fluid during the course of the game. With that said... Kyren Williams is the starting running back and Chris Tyree appears to be the next guy off the bench. With the exception of Bennett Skowronek at WR, the rest of the WR depth chart seems flipped upside down from what we had thought prior to fall camp. Javon McKinley sits above Braden Lenzy — but again, that will come with a rotation. Brock Wright is listed as the starter at tight end, though Tommy Tremble will see plenty of action as well. Ian Book and Brendan Clark are right where they should be, while the line looks exactly as we imagined. Josh Lugg will be the first man in at either tackle or guard, and Zeke Correll will back Jarrett Patterson up at center.

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 defensive line is as predictable as the offensive line in terms of knowing who is going to be where. Seeing Isaiah Foskey at both ends tells me the staff trusts in him and wants him out there as much as they can during the course of the game. The BUCK is a bit of a shocker to me. I thought Jorfdan Genmark Heath would lock that down with Jack Lamb backing him up, but now we have Shayne Simon and Marist Liufau battling it out as 1A and 1B — so there is a lot of speed there. Drew White owns the MIKE, although Brian Kelly talked about having a lot of confidence in Bo Bauer. Kyle Hamilton is a superstar at FS, end statement. Shaun Crawford will start alongside Hamilton at strong safety, with Houston Griffith backing him up. There is a little bit of surprise with TaRiq Bracy sharing an OR with freshman Clarence Lewis at corner, while Nick McCloud has shined during fall camp and takes over the other corner spot.

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

Jonathan Doerer and Jay Bramblett are back to resume their roles as starters, but walk-on Dawson Goepferich will back both of them up. Lawrence Keys III wins the punt returner job, and to the excitement of everyone that follows recruiting — Chris Tyree will be back there returning kickoffs. Michael Vinson winning the longsnapping job over Alex Peitsch is another surprise based off of our February thought.