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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #28 TaRiq Bracy, Cornerback

It was a season of ups and downs for this cornerback.

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, once again, 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 2021 season.

#28 TaRiq Bracy, CB

This cornerback came to South Bend From Milpitas High School in California. As a high schooler, Bracy led his team to the 2017 California Interscholastic Federation 4-A state championship title and made the 247sports.com rankings as the no. 51 player from California.

As a freshman at Notre Dame, Bracy chalked up 18 tackles over 11 games and 24 tackles over 12 in his sophomore season. This past season as a starting junior, Bracy posted 22 tackles, notably totaling 8 in the Florida State game. For his showing in the opening game against Duke, Bracy was selected for the PFF Team of the Week.

Notre Dame v North Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

A short illness forced this cornerback to miss the South Florida game, only to run into more health issues a few weeks later, and it took Bracy off track for the remainder of the season. This was most evident in his performance against Clemson and the 53-yard reception from the Tigers’ Cornell Powell.

The Restaurant That Fits

When I think of a comeback, I think of Chipotle. We’ve seen Bracy snap out of a slump a few times this year, and the new season should provide a fresh start. #ExtraGuac

2021 Outlook

For Bracy to make an impact in the season ahead, he needs to keep the focus on his health. If he finds the right direction, then Irish fans could see him return to coverage more characteristic of his sophomore season. Certainly Irish fans will expect much more from its starting cornerback, and in Clarance Lewis — Bracy has a healthy challenge in fornt of him at the field cornerback spot. Fall camp will help tell the tale, but it’s hard to imagine Bracy not having some sort of impact in 2021.

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