Marcus Freeman kicked off the presser by acknowledging the wide number of changes (transfer portal, coaching changes, and recruiting) within the program since the end of the regular season. Even with that, the Irish are “excited” to face the Beavers in El Paso on the 29th.
Notre Dame has had a handful of bowl opt outs besides the transfers, but it already appears as if there is a real plan to replace those that are gone. Charles Jagusah is the frontrunner at left tackle while Tosh Baker and Aamil Wagner are battling it out over on the right side.
We expect Jack Kiser to slide over to the WILL to take over for Marist Liufau. The trio of Jaylen Sneed, Drayk Bowen, and Jaiden Ausberry will see an increased role with Sneed expected to take most of the ROVER snaps.
Steve Angeli will get the start at quarterback and Freeman mostly dismissed the notion of playing both Angeli and Kenny Minchey. Speaking of quarterbacks... it sounded like Freeman strongly disagreed with Sam Hartman’s decision to opt out of the Sun Bowl, but said he will still support his personal decision.
Wide receivers KK Smith, Deion Colzie, and Jayden Thomas are all healthy and all are expected to play in the bowl game.
Some kid named CJ Carr is enrolled at Notre Dame now, and is practicing at quarterback for the team. Freeman seemed impressed by Carr.
Marcus also talked a little bit about some things for next year — both in terms of the roster and the post season.