Notre Dame had 4 freshman and sophomores named to College Football News’s All Freshman and All Sophomore teams.
- Golden Tate (WR) – All Sophomore Honorable Mention
- Kyle Rudolph (TE) – All Freshman 1st Team
- Michael Floyd (WR) – All Freshman 2nd Team
- Trevor Robinson (OG) – All Freshman 2ns Team
Considering how many freshmen and sophomores are starting for Notre Dame, having only 4 players represented in this list is a little indicative as to how disappointing this season was. The names represented shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone though. Golden Tate became a legit force to be reckoned with in his sophomore season and is only going to get better as he learns the nuances of the wide receiver position.
Floyd would most likely have been a first teamer had he not gotten injured in the Navy game and like Tate is only going to get better. Kyle Rudolph and Trevor Robinson were both thrust into more prominent roles than most expected because of injuries this year and both had their ups and downs. Like Tate and Floyd, they also both have very, very bright futures.
It’s disappointing that we don’t see Jmmy Clausen’s name mentioned on any of the All Sophomore Teams. Not that I’m suggesting that Clausen should be included here, but rather its disappointing his performance this year didn’t warrant consideration. After an impressive start to the season it looked as though we should be seeing his name on a lot of lists like this. Unfortunately, his second half slump eliminated that possibility.