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Notre Dame Football: What’s the status of cornerback TaRiq Bracy?

Not much has been said yet about the senior from California.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 01 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl - Oklahoma State v Notre Dame Photo by Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There has been a lot of offseasons announcements from Notre Dame Fighting Irish football players about their decisions to stay or go for the 2022 season. Whether that’s a 5th year coming back, declaring for the NFL Draft, or entering the transfer portal — it’s been a lot. One of the names that we have yet to see any type of announcement from is senior cornerback, TaRiq Bracy.

In December I took the position that Bracy will return for his 5th and final year at Notre Dame playing CB, but there are others out there that had more hesitation. Perhaps Bracy might want to play his final year somewhere else, but the NFL Draft wasn’t much of an option at this point.

Bracy is notoriously quiet on social media, so there’s not a lot to garner from that note. What I do know is that he is currently taking classes at Notre Dame, although I haven’t seen any confirmation of him working out with the team right now (although that could change quickly).

My take on TaRiq is that I expect him to go through spring football and perhaps he decides to make a change at that point. Fascinating and jaw-dropping stuff — I know — but the lack of public acknowledgment has created a bigger question here. I think the normal and safe play is what we will see.

It’s Cam Hart on one side right now with Clarance Lewis and/or TaRiq Bracy on the other. After the Fiesta Bowl, there’s a sentiment from fans that it should be good riddance to both players — but that’s a terrible overreaction to what was a terrible game. While both Bracy and Lewis (Lewis especially) made plenty of mistakes against OSU, they were both put in terrible positions in a defense that looked dysfunctional as a whole. The immediate overreaction of fans to demand freshmen or sophomores that haven't played much at all to replace the starters is on my top 5 list of things I hate about this business.

We definitely need the spring season to play out, and probably most of fall camp as well, before we get a better sense of how this secondary is going to look when they start the season off in Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Experienced football players are going to be key in such a huge game to start the season — I hope Bracy is one of them.

2022 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Chart

Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th/6th Year
Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th/6th Year
Quarterback Steve Angeli Tyler Buchner, Ron Powlus III Drew Pyne - -
Running Back Jadarian Price, Gi'Bran Payne Logan Diggs, Audric Estime Chris Tyree - -
Tight End Eli Raridon, Holden Staes Cane Berrong, Mitchell Evans Michael Mayer, Kevin Bauman - -
Wide Receiver Tobias Merriweather Lorenzo Styles, Deion Colzie, Jayden Thomas - - Braden Lenzy, Joe Wilkins, Avery Davis, Matt Salerno
Center Ashton Craig Pat Coogan - Zeke Correll Jarrett Patterson
Guard Billy Schrauth Rocco Spindler - Andrew Kristofic, Josh Lugg
Tackle Joey Tanona, Ty Chan, Aamil Wagner Blake Fisher, Joe Alt, Caleb Johnson Michael Carmody, Tosh Baker - -
Defensive Tackle Donovan Hinish, Tyson Ford Gabriel Rubio Aidan Keanaaina, Rylie Mills Howard Cross, Jacob Lacey Jayson Ademilola, Chris Smith
Defensive End Aiden Gobaira Jason Onye, Will Schweitzer Alexander Ehrensberger, Jordan Botelho NaNa Osafo-Mensah, Isaiah Foskey, Osita Ekwonu Justin Ademilola
Linebacker Nolan Ziegler, Joshua Burnham, Junior Tuihalamaka, Jaylen Sneed Prince Kollie - Jack Kiser, Marist Liufau, JD Bertrand Bo Bauer
Safety Jayden Bellamy Justin Walters Xavier Watts, Ramon Henderson, Brandon Joesph - D.J. Brown, Houston Griffith
Cornerback Jayden Mickey, Benjamin Morrison Ryan Barnes, Chance Tucker, Philip Riley Clarence Lewis Cam Hart TaRiq Bracy
Specialists Bryce McFerson (P) Josh Bryan (K) Alex Peitsch (LS) - Michael Vinson (LS), Blake Grupe (K)
Totals 22/85 (22) 45/85 (23) 60/85 (15) 71/85 (11) 86/85 (15)