On Monday, Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman got in front of the media for the first time in a week to kick off this week’s game against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Besides dragging Irish Illustrated’s Tim O’Malley for his [Tim’s] poor red zone production and equipment malfunctions in a 2nd/3rd grade flag football game, Freeman also gave some updates to the status of the team’s health and the mindset this week.
Notre Dame also released the latest depth charts, and there are significant changes.
2023 ND OFFENSE DEPTH CHART
|83 Jayden Thomas||76 Joe Alt||78 Pat Coogan||52 Zeke Correll||74 Billy Schrauth||54 Blake Fisher||13 Holden Staes||17 Rico Flores||4 Chris Tyree||7 Audric Estime||10 Sam Hartman|
|19 Jaden Greathouse||79 Tosh Baker||70 Ashton Craig||70 Ashton Craig||73 Andrew Kristofic||59 Aamil Wagner||OR 9 Eli Raridon||5 Tobias Merriweather||80 Jordan Faison||3 Gi'Bran Payne||18 Steve Angeli|
|-||-||-||-||-||-||OR 87 Cooper Flanigan||-||-||OR 24 Jadarian Price||-|
|-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||OR 22 Devyn Ford||-|
|-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||OR 12 Jeremiyah Love||-|
The passing game has not been good over the past several games due to injuries and inconsistent play, so changes were absolutely needed. Jaden Greathouse moves from the slot receiver to the outside to backup Jayden Thomas. Rico Flores is now a starter on the field side in place of Tobias Merriweather. Jordan Faison is now Chris Tyree’s backup in the slot. Despite the movement, we should still expect to see all six play quite a bit on Saturday.
2023 ND DEFENSE DEPTH CHART
|12 Jordan Botelho||56 Howard Cross||99 Rylie Mills||1 Javontae Jean-Baptiste||8 Marist Liufau||27 J.D. Bertrand||24 Jack Kiser||5 Cam Hart||2 D.J. Brown||0 Xavier Watts||20 Ben Morrison|
|44 Junior Tuihalamaka||97 Gabe Rubio||47 Jason Onye||OR 31 NaNa Osafo-Mensah||23 Jaiden Ausberry||34 Drayk Bowen||3 Jaylen Sneed||7 Jayden Mickey||OR 4 Antonia Carter||OR 11 Ramon Henderson||29 Christian Gray|
|40 Josh Burnham||-||41 Donovan Hinish||40 Josh Burnham||-||-||-||-||OR 13 Thomas Harper||-||OR 6 Clarence Lewis|
The defense has been very stable this year in terms of depth chart status, and that’s probably due to the fact that this side of the ball has been fairly healthy — and really really good. The Irish boast the #14 scoring defense in the country which is really highlighted by the #4 pass efficiency defense in the country. Xavier Watts is one more big game away from god mode btw.
2023 ND SPECIAL TEAMS DEPTH CHART
|32 Spencer Shrader||32 Spencer Shrader||14 Bryce McPherson||65 Michael Vinson||14 Bryce McFerson||4 Chris Tyree||22 Devyn Ford|
|92 Zac Yoakam||92 Zac Yoakam||43 Ben Krimm||51 Rino Monteforte||-||80 Jordan Faison||24 Jadarian Price|
There is only one real change this week, and that’s at punt return. Jordan Faison replaces Jaden Mickey as the backup to Chris Tyree.