Update 8/20: Notre Dame Football’s Fall Camp 2019 Players of the Day

Throughout fall camp in 2019, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has been tweeting out the “Players of the Day” for offense, defense, and special teams.  We decided to put this post together that we’ll update each day with the new players of the day.

As a reminder, here is the full 2019 fall camp practice schedule.

Notre Dame’s Players of the Day

Practice #OffenseDefense Special Teams
Practice #13Kyren Williams (RB)DJ Brown (S)Jay Bramblett (P)
Practice #12Jahmir Smith (RB)Shaun Crawford (CB)Jordan Genmark-Heath (LB)
Practice #11Joe Wilkins Jr (WR)Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB)Mick Assaf (RB)
Practice #10C'Bo Flemister (RB)Ade Ogundeji (DE)Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB)
Practice #9Offensive LineTroy Pride Jr (CB)Jonathan Doerer (K)
Practice #8Lawrence Keys (WR)Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (DT)Kyren Williams (RB)
Practice #7Michael Young (WR)Asmar Bilal (LB)Shayne Simon (LB)
Practice #6Chris Finke (WR)Drew White (LB)John Shannon (LS)
Practice #5Chase Claypool (WR)Julian Okwara (DE)Jalen Elliott (S)
Practice #4Phil Jurkovec (QB)Alohi Gilman (S)Jonathan Doerer (K)
Practice #3Jahmir Smith (RB)Ade Ogundeji (DE)Jay Bramblett (P)
Practice #2Jafar Armstrong (RB)Houston Griffith (CB)Avery Davis (CB)
Practice #1Tony Jones Jr (RB)Kurt Hinish (DT)Drew White (LB)

Notes & Observations

  • Jahmir Smith closed “camp” as the final offensive player of the day – earning the distinction for the 2nd time.  No other offensive player was named player of the day on offense twice.
  • Jay Bramblett earned his 2nd player of the day award on special teams in the final practice of camp as well.  Notre Dame NEEDS the freshman to play like he’s not a freshman this fall so this is encouraging.
  • Ade Ogundeji is the first player to be named a player of the day twice in the same category (defense).  The senior DE is going to be more than just a quality backup to Khalid Kareem this fall, he’s going to be an impact player.
  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah saw his name appear twice on the player of the day this week – once on defense and once on special teams.  JOK is having himself a heck of a camp.
  • Practice #8 added Kyren Williams for the first time as predicted below.  At this point, only C’Bo Flemister is the only RB that hasn’t been a player of the day although Williams was player of the day for special teams.
  • Lawrence Keys is the first of the sophomore wide receivers to be named a player of the day.  It will be interesting to see if Braden Lenzy or Kevin Austin make an appearance soon.  Also of note, that’s a wide receiver being named player of the day 5 straight days.
  • Practice #7 brought with it a heavy dose of linebackers with Asmar Bilal earning defensive player of the day and sophomore Shayne Simon getting the honor on special teams.  Michael Young, who had a spectacular catch last week made his first appearance of camp on offense.
  • Drew White was the first player to be named a player of the day twice through six practices.  After the first day of camp, he was special teams player of the day, and after practice six, he was defensive player of the day.  White has seen a lot of time as the first team MIKE lately.
  • Interesting to see Jalen Elliott as special teams player of the day, but Notre Dame has not been shy about using their best players on special teams in the past.
  • Jonathan Doerer being named player of the day after practice four is interesting since reports out of camp indicate walk-on Harrison Leonard is making a strong push for the placekicking duties.
  • It’s really great to see Phil Jurkovec named offensive player of the day (practice four) after the up and down spring he had and all of the angst regarding the sophomore quarterback on Twitter.  Notre Dame needs Jurkovec to have a strong camp to solidify the depth chart at QB1 and QB2 finally.
  • Don’t sleep on Ade Ogundeji this year.  Day three’s defensive player of the year is going to have a big impact in a reserve role behind Khalid Kareem.
  • Running backs dominated the first three days of offensive players of the day with Jafar Armstrong, Tony Jones, and Jahmir Smith all earning the honors.  Smith suffered a broken hand since but is still practicing.  Watch for Kyren Williams’s name to appear here soon as well.
  • Houston Griffith might not end up starting this fall, but it’s encouraging to see him be named player of the day after practice two.  Donte Vaughn has been running as the top field CB opposite Troy Pride, but Griffith is a vital piece of Notre Dame’s depth, especially beyond 2019.

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  1. I know this is way off but I will bring it up only because Kelly and Jack brought it up. This notion of Kelly getting a 2 year extension beyond his next 3 years coaching.I would only give it to him if he wins a national championship. Some may disagree with me and are happy just getting there and then losing all the time. I’m not . I will be 63 in a few days and I want Notredame to be an elite program again.If people say they can’t then why are we wasting are time following them. If that is the case then I’m going to find other things to do on fall Saturdays.Im sorry that is just how I feel.

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