Every spring story-lines emerge and new players step into roles they previously hadn’t held for colleges all around the country. Such is the nature of the beast in college football with teams replacing a quarter of their roster every year. Those spring story-lines usually develop into the reasons behind either surprising or disappointing seasons in the fall.
Notre Dame will be replacing a lot of talented starters this year – Manti Te’o, Tyler Eifert, Braxston Cave, and Theo Riddick just to name a few. How quickly they find replacements and build depth throughout the roster will determine if the Irish are BCS bound again in 2013 or if their New Year’s will be open.
Today we are going to take a look at seven different intriguing players the Irish coaching staff will be looking to replace some of those starters and build enough depth to continue to close the gap between the Notre Dame program and the Alabamas of the college football landscape.
Before spring camp started, Prosise looked like he was locked in the log jam at safety where the Irish have a lot of bodies and have 5-star recruit Max Redfield reporting in the summer. Brian Kelly let us all know that Prosise would cross train at wide receiver when he kicked off spring football and then told us all that he would be working primarily on offense after Davonte Neal’s transfer and Amir Carlisle’s injury.
With Prosise working primarily at wide receiver where the Irish have limited options for the slot receiver position right now, he went from likely special teams contributor to a potential breakout candidate for 2013. Last season Matthias Farley made the reverse switch from wide receiver to safety and ended up being forced into the starting lineup after Jamoris Slaughter was lost for the season.
That move turned out to work out pretty well for Notre Dame.
Can the move of Prosise to wide receiver yield similar results on the offensive side of the ball? It’ll be a little while before we know the answer to that question. Prosise lining up in the slot does pose some interesting possibilities for the Notre Dame offense, but the rising sophomore has a lot to learn in a relatively short period of time. He played a little bit of receiver in high school, but even on the prep level he was primarily a defender.
Prosise did show in high school that he can make plays with the football in his hands even though mos of his time was spent on defense. As a senior he scored seven touchdowns on returns – 5 on kickoffs, 1 on an interception, and another on a fumble return. In order for Prosise to make an impact this fall as a receiver he’ll need those skills to make plays in the open field. There is no guarantee that Prosise’s switch to offense will be fruitful as Farley’s move to defense was last year, but none the less, Prosise has now become easily one of the most intriguing players on the Irish roster this spring.