The youth movement for the 2016 Notre Dame Fighting Irish continues this week with the official depth chart for the NC State game. Fourteen true freshman have their names on this week’s depth chart. FOURTEEN! There weren’t any real notable changes to the starting lineup, but there was a lot of movement of positions and backups this week.
- Dexter Williams makes his debut on the depth chart at running back listed as a co-backup to Josh Adams along with Tarean Folston. It would be shocking – and inexplicable – if Williams didn’t continue to see his role expand.
- Chase Claypool makes his debut as well as the #3 W wide receiver behind Equanimeous St. Brown and Miles Boykin.
- Khalid Kareem is listed as a DT even though he previously was playing SDE.
- Julian Okwara is listed as a SDE now even though he projects more as a WDE
- Jay Hayes is still listed as a backup WDE to Andrew Trumbetti but it would be surprising if Hayes played less than Trumbetti – especially if Notre Dame plays more 3-man fronts.
- Lots of shake up in the secondary. Tony Pride Jr made his debut last week and is now the backup to Cole Luke. Nick Coleman is now third string behind Pride and Luke.
- Julian Love is listed as the starter opposite Luke with Donte Vaughn his backup. With NC State’s offense though, Luke will be playing a lot of nickel with Love and Vaughn on the field at the outside corner positions.
- Coming off a strong performance against Syracuse, Nicco Fertita is now listed as Devin Studstill’s backup. As a reminder, Studstill does NOT have to sit out the first half against NC State for his “targeting” penalty because the penalty occurred in the first half.
|QB*||Deshone Kizer||JR||Malik Zaire||SR|
|RB*||Josh Adams||SO||Tarean Folston|
OR Dexter Williams
|W WR||Equanimeous St Brown||SO||Miles Boykin|
|X WR||Torii Hunter||SR||Kevin Stepherson||FR|
|Z WR||CJ Sanders||SO||Corey Holmes|
|TE||Durham Smythe||SR||Nic Weishar||JR|
|LT||Mike McGLinchey||SR||Hunter Bivin||SR|
|LG||Quenton Nelson||JR||Trevor Ruhland||SO|
|C||Sam Mustipher||JR||Mark Harrell||5th|
|RG||Colin McGovern||SR||Tristen Hoge||SO|
|RT||Alex Bars||JR||Tommy Kraemer||FR|
|WDE||Andrew Trumbetti||JR||Daelin Hayes|
OR Jay Hayes
|NT*||Jarron Jones||5th||Daniel Cage|
OR Pete Mokwuah
|DT||Jerry Tillery||SO||Elijah Taylor|
|SDE||Isaac Rochell||SR||Jonnathan Bonner|
|WILL||Tevon Coney||SO||Asmar Bilal||SO|
|MIKE||Nyles Morgan||JR||Greer Martini||JR|
|SAM||James Onwualu||SR||Jamir Jones||FR|
|CB||Cole Luke||SR||Tony Pride JR|
|CB||Julian Love||FR||Donte Vaughn|
|FS||Devin Studstill||FR||Nico Fertitia|
|SS||Drue Tranquill||JR||Jalen Elliot|
|OR Dexter Williams||SO|
|OR Chris Finke||SO|