On Monday I posted about some defensive players who were on the rise so far this spring. Today we’ll take a look at some players who are making some noise on offense.
- Paul Duncan (LT ) – Duncan was one of the more maligned offensive linemen for the Irish over the past few years, but so far this spring he’s been a pleasant surprise. After not playing at all in 2008 due to injury, Duncan has returned for a 5th year and looks like he is now taking the lead in the battle for the starting LT position . Both Charlie Weis and Frank Verducci have had plenty of good things to say about Duncan already this spring.
- Robby Parris (WR) – It seemed like Parris would get lost in the shuffle at wide receiver before the spring with some of the young talent the Irish have at the position this year, but recently Weis singled Parris out when he addressed the media. In 2007 Parris showed that he had some talent, but got passed by Michael Floyd last year and was not heard from much as the 5th receiver. Notre Dame has had some injury issues at wide receiver this spring and Parris has made the most of his extra reps.
- Bobby Burger (FB) – Burger’s name was a surprise to most people on the Notre Dame spring depth chart, but Weis recently said that he would not be hesitant to play the walkon fullback in a game. Considering the lack of depth and experience at fullback for Notre Dame in 2009, this is very encouraging news.
- Mike Ragone (TE) – Early on in camp Ragone was a bit hesitant coming off another knee injury according to Weis. Recently though, Ragone has started to come on and push starting tight end Kyle Rudolph. When healthy, Ragone has more speed than Rudolph and could be a very nice weapon for the Irish offense.
- Andrew Nuss (OG) – Weis said recently that Nuss would be the 6th offensive lineman if the season started today because of some injury issues facing Notre Dame. This season we should finally start to see the effects of improved depth along the offensive line and the rise of Nuss is evidence of that.