After Notre Dame’s first two games, there was a lot of noise about shakeups that were needed with the Irish depth charts. Starting a season 0-2 with one of those losses coming at home against Marshall can certainly gaslight that conversation, and it’s a tough conversation to have as fans and for those that cover the team. Notre Dame really tightened up what the media could see during camp, so most opinions are based off assumptions — which in the history of mankind has never been an accurate way to do anything.
Still... this Irish team still has some issues that need to be addressed even after two straight wins in which they have played better and better. There is a lot still on the table for Notre Dame this season, and to reach its full potential (which is still a 10-2 regular season finish) they will need to get the most out of the best they have on the roster.
The bye week is historically the right time to make changes on the depth chart, and I’m almost certain (there’s an assumption folks) that there will be some tweaks when the Irish kickoff against the BYU Cougars in the Shamrock Series game in Las Vegas.
But what will those changes be?
Before we go any further, don’t expect anything along the offensive line. The group has improved more and more over the last two weeks, and have really come together as a unit — which is what good offensive lines do.
Wide receiver might be something else entirely. Outside of Lorenzo Styles, there is next to nothing in terms of production from this group. Obviously Tobias Merriweather is a name and a player that is brought up endlessly, and we should talk about that. Will Rees make Merriweather a bigger priority moving forward? Can Merriweather even BE a bigger priority moving forward? If we still don’t see much from him against BYU, I think it’s safe to say we won’t see much for the rest of the season.
Notre Dame’s tight end situation gets a little murky moving forward. Michael Mayer is a Greek god, but with Kevin Bauman out for the year now, Eli Raridon and Holden Staes will both likely see more snaps — along with Sherwood Davis. How that’s all divided moving forward is unclear.
Notre Dame’s front seven on defense is pretty well set — as long as J.D. Bertrand doesn’t keep getting flagged for targeting calls. The big move on the defensive side of the ball is one that appears to already be done. Freshman Benjamin Morrison looks like he has took over at cornerback for Clarence Lewis with fellow freshman Jaden Mickey also seeing more and more time. Maybe ND will have this officially sorted before the BYU game — or maybe not.
True freshmen snaps from scrimmage through four games:— Greg Flammang (@greg2126) September 27, 2022
Eli Raridon- 37
Notable to me that Morrison came in and appears to have won the job, not an early enrollee.
Below are the last published depth charts from Notre Dame. What changes moving forward do you want to see, and what changes do you think will actually be made by Notre Dame?
2022 Depth Chart: Offense
|4 Lorenzo Styles||76 Joe Alt||55 Jarrett Patterson||52 Zeke Correll||75 Josh Lugg||54 Blake Fisher||88 Mitchell Evans||83 Jayden Thomas||0 Braden Lenzy||25 Chris Tyree||12 Tyler Buchner|
|16 Deion Colzie||79 Tosh Baker||73 Andrew Kristofic||78 Pat Coogan||50 Rocco Spindler||68 Michael Carmody||85 Holden Staes||29 Matt Salerno||15 Tobias Merriweather||OR 7 Audric Estime||OR 18 Steve Angeli|
|-||-||-||-||-||-||38 Sherwood Davis||-||-||OR 3 Logan Diggs||-|
2022 Depth Chart: Defense
|9 Justin Ademilola||57 Jayson Ademilola||56 Howard Cross||99 Rylie Mills||8 Marist Liufau||27 J.D. Bertrand||24 Jack Kiser||28 TaRiq Bracy||2 D.J. Brown||16 Brandon Joseph||20 Ben Morrison|
|OR 12 Jordan Botelho||65 Chris Smith||97 Gabriel Rubio||31 NaNa Osafo-Mensah||24 Jack Kiser||44 Junior Tuihalamaka||27 J.D. Bertrand||21 Jaden Mickey||OR 3 Houston Griffith||OR 11 Ramon Henderson||6 Clarence Lewis|
|-||-||-||90 Alexander Ehrensberger||OR 10 Prince Kollie||-||-||-||-||-||-|
2022 Depth Chart: Special Teams
|92 Zac Yoakam||99 Blake Grupe||39 Jon Sot||65 Michael Vinson||39 Jon Sot||16 Brandon Joseph||25 Chris Tyree|
|14 Bryce McFerson||92 Zac Yoakam||14 Bryce McFerson||44 Alex Peitch||14 Bryce McFerson||OR 29 Matt Salerno||4 Lorenzo Styles|
|-||-||-||-||-||-||0 Braden Lenzy|