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Notre Dame Football: Fighting Irish Depth Chart VS Navy

And this is how it starts...

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On Monday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish released the depth charts for the season opener against the Navy Midshipmen in Dublin, Ireland.

OFFENSE

2023 ND OFFENSE DEPTH CHART

WR LT LG C RG RT TE WR WR RB QB
WR LT LG C RG RT TE WR WR RB QB
83 Jayden Thomas 56 Charles Jagusah 78 Pat Coogan 70 Ashton Craig 74 Billy Schrauth 79 Tosh Baker 9 Eli Raridon 80 Jordan Faison 19 Jaden Greathouse 12 Jeremiyah Love 18 Steve Angeli
0 Deion Colzie 79 Tosh Baker 72 Sam Pendleton 73 Andrew Krostofic 53 Quinn Murphy OR 59 Aamil Wagner OR 87 Cooper Flanigan 11 KK Smith 4 Matt Salerno OR 24 Jadarian Price 8 Kenny Minchey
- - - - - - OR 38 Davis Sherwood - - 3 Gi'Bran Payne -
- - - - - - - - - OR 22 Devyn Ford -

There’s a lot going on here, but the funny thing that I noticed first is that the tight end depth chart is the exact same as it was against South Carolina in the Gator Bowl. The guard situation is finalized at last with Pat Coogan on the left side and Rocco Spindler on the right. Freshmen wide receivers Rico Flores and Jaden Greathouse won backup roles (to no one’s surprise). The “monster” situation at running back is a real thing with five number two’s behind Audric Estime with freshman Jeremiyah Love squarely in the mix. And oh yeah... some guy named Sam Hartman is the Notre Dame quarterback. Who knew?!

DEFENSE

2023 ND DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

VYPER DT DT SDE WILL MIKE ROVER CB LS RS CB
VYPER DT DT SDE WILL MIKE ROVER CB LS RS CB
12 Jordan Botelho 56 Howard Cross 99 Rylie Mills 1 Javontae Jean-Baptiste 24 Jack Kiser 27 J.D. Bertrand 3 Jaylen Sneed 7 Jayden Mickey 2 D.J. Brown 0 Xavier Watts 20 Ben Morrison
44 Junior Tuihalamaka 97 Gabe Rubio 47 Jason Onye 40 Josh Burnham 23 Jaiden Ausberry 34 Drayk Bowen 24 Jack Kiser 29 Christian Gray 21 Adon Shuler 31 Ben Minich 6 Clarence Lewis
51 Boubacar Traore 41 Donovan Hinish 41 Donovan Hinish 51 Boubacar Traore - - - - - - OR 18 Chance Tucker

No big surprises here as much of what we heard coming out of fall camp has translated to the depth chart. Of all of the positions listed, it’s the safety group and how that will eventually shake out over the coming weeks. Notre Dame will likely play a lot of nickel this season, and for Navy there will be major formation changes to what the base will be as well — so I’m more on a “wait and see” approach until after the Tennessee State game.

SPECIAL TEAMS

2023 ND SPECIAL TEAMS DEPTH CHART

KO PK P LS HOLDER PR KR
KO PK P LS HOLDER PR KR
32 Spencer Shrader 32 Spencer Shrader 14 Bryce McPherson 65 Michael Vinson 14 Bryce McFerson 80 Jordan Faison 22 Devyn Ford
92 Zac Yoakam 92 Zac Yoakam 43 Ben Krimm 51 Rino Monteforte - 4 Matt Salerno 24 Jadarian Price

We see a very big shift in the special teams alignment from last season — with the exception of Old Man Milk, Mike Vinson. Chris Tyree takes over as the primary punt returner, and newcomer Devyn Ford will pair with Tyree on kick return... so there’s plenty of speed there.