NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
2014 College Football Early Preview
OFFENSE - 6
------RETURNING STARTERS------
DEFENSE - 5
KEY LOSSES
OFFENSE: Tommy Rees-QB, TJ Jones-WR, Zack Martin-OT, Chris Watt-OG, George Atkinson-RB (NFL), Troy Niklas-TE (NFL)
DEFENSE: Kona Schwenke-NG, Prince Shembo-OLB, Dan Fox-ILB, Carlo Calabrese-ILB, Bennett Jackson-CB, Louis Nix-NG (NFL), Stephon Tuitt-DE (NFL)
QB Everett Golson
Receiver / Secondary

The only significant loss at receiver is TJ Jones. The Irish used a ton rotating personnel to run pass routes so there's a deep well of talent here. The one area where ND excelled in 2013 was in pass coverage, which is quite a change up compared to the days before Coach Kelly arrived in South Bend. The good news is that the successful trend is not likely to be altered heading into next season. Like the receivers there is upwards of seven different defensive backs that will continue to see the field.

Quarterback / Defensive Front

With quarterback Tommy Rees graduating the big question now is whether 2012 starter Everett Golson, who has been admitted back into school, can keep his academic progressions where they need to be while shaking off the rust of sitting out a year. If Golson can start to duplicate the same success that helped the Irish get to the National Championship Game two years ago they should be in fine shape. Notre Dame however had much difficulty shutting down opponent's running games. Huge nose guard Louis Nix declared for the NFL and Stephon Tuitt soon followed. The linebackers have been gutted. Coaches have to get this defensive front in order while accomplishing the task with some unproven players.

LB Jaylon Smith
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2014 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
NOTRE DAME 2014 DEPTH CHART
Returning Starters/
Key Players
OFFENSE
QB Everett Golson-Jr Malik Zaire-RFr / Andrew Hendrix-Sr
RB Cam McDaniel-Sr / Amir Carlisle-Jr Tarean Folston-So
WR Corey Robinson-So Williams Fuller-So
WR DaVaris Daniels-Jr C.J. Prosise-So
WR Chris Brown-Jr James Onwualu-So
TE Ben Kayack-Sr ..
OT .. ..
OG Conor Hanratty-Jr ..
C Nick Martin-Jr ..
OG Christian Lombard-Sr Steve Elmer-So
OT Ronnie Stanley-So ..
K Kyle Brindza-Sr ..
 
NOTRE DAME 2014 DEPTH CHART
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DEFENSE
DE Sheldon Day-Jr Isaac Rochell-So
NG Jarron Jones-So ..
DE .. ..
OLB Ishaq Williams-Sr Ben Councell-Jr
ILB Jarrett Grace-Jr Joe Schmidt-Sr
ILB Kendall Moore-Sr ..
OLB Jaylon Smith-So Romeo Okwara-Jr
CB KeiVarae Russell-Jr Lo Wood-Sr
CB Cole Luke-So ..
S Austin Collinsworth-Sr Matthias Farley-Jr
S Elijah Shumate-Jr Eilar Hardy-Jr
P Kyle Brindza-Sr ..

 

 

NOTRE DAME 2014 SCHEDULE

8-30-14 RICE
9-6-14 MICHIGAN
9-13-14 Purdue @Indianapolis, IN
9-27-14 at Syracuse
10-4-14 STANFORD
10-11-14 NORTH CAROLINA
10-18-14 at Florida State
11-1-14 Navy @Landover, MD
11-8-14 at Arizona State
11-15-14 NORTHWESTERN
11-22-14 LOUISVILLE
11-29-14 at Southern California