Depth Charts

Notre Dame Football’s Depth Chart for Ball State

Notre Dame released an official depth chart this week after both the Irish and Wolverines decided against doing so last week.  Not a whole lot has changed from the projected depth chart from last week, but there are a few interesting nuggets included.

Offensive Depth Chart

  • Robert Hainsey is still listed as the starter at RT.  He came out against Michigan and was replaced by Josh Lugg due to injury.  A case could have been made for him to be relieved by Lugg before injury.  Lugg is listed as the backup at RG, but he is first OL off the bend anywhere but C is seems.
  • Notre Dame doesn’t list a #1 RB but does have Jafar Armstrong’s name first in the list of “or’s”.
  • Alize Mack still listed as the #1 TE ahead of Nic Weishar and Cole Kmet.  Some speculated Kmet may have passed Mack in camp.
POSNUMNAMEHTWTCL
WR81Miles Boykin6-4228Sr.
4Kevin Austin6-2210Fr.
88Javon McKinley6-2219Jr
WR10Chris Finke5-9.5180Sr.
18Joe Wilkins6-1.5185Fr.
13Lawrence Keys5-10.5170Fr.
LT74Liam Eichenberg6-6.5308Jr
55Jarrett Patterson6-4.5290Fr.
LG71Alex Bars6-63085th
76Dillan Gibbons6-4313So.
C53Sam Mustipher6-2.53065th
57Trevor Ruhland6-3.5295Sr.
RG78Tomy Kraemer6-5.5316Jr.
75Josh Lugg6-7314So.
RT 72Robert Hainsey6-4.5295So.
59Aaron Banks6-5.5319So.
TE86Alize Mack6-4.75247Sr.
82Nic Weishar6-4.752465th
or84Cole Kmet6-5.5258So.
WR83Chase Claypool6-4.5227Jr.
87Michael Young5-10185So.
QB7Brandon WImbush6-1.75222Sr.
12Ian Book6-0203Jr.
RB8Jafar Armstrong6-0.75218So.
or6Tony Jones Jr5-11220Jr.
or2Dexter Williams5-11215Sr.
or3Avery Davis5-11204So.

Defensive Depth Chart

  • Jayson Ademilola moves into the 2-deep with the injury to Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa.
  • Shayne Simon is now listed as the #3 BUCK and will cross train at BUCK and ROVER.  This is an interesting development since Simon was considered a threat to Asmar Bilal at ROVER at the start of camp.  Bilal’s strong play week one however could have played a role here.
  • Jalen Elliott is listed as the starter at SS with Nick Coleman second.  Coleman was the top nickel last week after the loss of Shaun Crawford and figures to be again this week.  Freshman Houston Griffith could still be the long term answer at nickel which could bump Coleman up at SS.
  • Tariq Bracy looks like the 4th corner for the Irish right now behind starters Julian Love and Troy Pride and top reserve Donte Vaughn.
POSNUMNAMEHTWTCL
DROP9Daelin Hayes6-3.75265Jr
or42Julian Okwara6-4.5241Jr
19Justin Ademilola6-1.75246Fr
DT99Jerry Tillery6-6.75305Sr
57Jayson Ademilola6-3284Fr
NG55Jonathan Bonner6-3.752955th
41Kurt Hinish6-1.75295So
or97Micah Dew Treadway6-4300Sr
SDE53Khalid Kareem6-4265Jr
91Ade Ogundeji6-4.5255Jr
BUCK23Drue Tranquill6-22355th
2Jordan Genmark-Heath6-0.75225So.
33Shayne Simon6-2.75222Fr.
MIKE4Tevon Coney6-1240Sr.
52Bo Bauer6-2.75225Fr.
or45Jonathan Jones5-11.5227Jr.
ROV22Asmar Bilal6-2225Sr.
30Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah6-1.5215So.
CB27Julian Love5-11193Jr.
8Donte Vaughn6-2.75211Jr.
FS11Alohi Gilman5-10.5202Jr.
14Devin Studstil6-0.25200Jr.
28Nicco Fertitta5-9181Sr.
SS21Jalen Elliott6-0.5205Jr.
24Nick Coleman6-0194Sr.
or3Houston Griffith5-11.75205Fr.
CB5Troy Pride Jr5-11.5190Jr.
35Tariq Bracy5-10170Fr.

Special Teams Depth Chart

  • Jonathan Doerer is still listed as the top kickoff man after getting replaced by Justin Yoon.  Brian Kelly likes having a separate player handle kickoffs and place kicking so expect him to give Doerer multiple chances.  The same situation played out last year where Doerer had issues early and then settled in.
  • Alohi Gilman is listed as the backup punt returner behind Chris Finke.  Notre Dame clearly prioritizing hands over athleticism/speed at PR.
POSNUMNAMEHTWTCL
KO39Jonathan Doerer6-3200So.
19Juston Yoon5-10198Sr.
PK19Justin Yoon5-10198Sr.
39Jonathan Doerer6-3200So.
P85Tyler Newsome6-2.52155th
42Jeff Riney5-10.75185Sr.
LS54John Shannon6-2235Jr.
65Michael Vinson6-2228Fr.
HOLD12Ian Book6-0203Jr.
85Tyler Newsome6-2.52155th
PR10Chris Finke5-9.5180Sr.
11Alohi Gilman5-10.5202Jr.
KR8Jafar Armstrong6-0.75218So.
6Tony Jones Jr5-11220Jr.

Projecting Notre Dame Football’s Depth Chart for Michigan

Notre Dame and Michigan are engaging in a bit of gamesmanship this week with neither team releasing an official depth chart. This is not uncommon and happens all the time.  Still the fans want to know who is where in the pecking order at each position, so we’re taking a stab at it based on everything we’ve seen and read this summer.

Quarterback

  1. Brandon Wimbush
  2. Ian Book
  3. Phil Jurkovec

No surprise here.  Wimbush is the starter but he might be on a short leash.  If he short hops some throws early or isn’t very accurate early on, we know Kelly is quick to go to his backup (see 2011 South Florida game).  It will be very interesting to see if Wimbush finishes this one as the unquestioned starter like he enters it.  He was pulled for Book in three of the last four games of 2017.

Running Back

  1. Tony Jones Jr
  2. Jafar Armstrong
  3. Avery Davis
    * Dexter Williams

We have Dexter Williams listed here at the bottom on the off chance he plays.  Brian Kelly has said that he will be dressed and on the sidelines which has only fueled rumors he might play despite a summer long speculation that he is suspended for the first four games.  If he’s not available, Jones Jr will get the start with converted wide receiver Jafar Armstrong not far behind.  Don’t be surprised if Armstrong gets 8-10 carries in his debut at running back even if Jones starts.

Wide Receiver

  1. Miles Boykin (W) / Chase Claypool (X) / Chris Finke (Z)
  2. Kevin Austin (W) / Michael Young (X) / Lawrence Keys (Z)
  3. Micah Jones (W) / Joe Wilkins (X) / Braden Lenzy (Z)

I really thought Michael Young would force his way into the lineup this summer but apparently Chris Finke has held him off at the Z receiver position.  Kelly mentioned on Tuesday that freshman Kevin Austin and Young are the next two wide receivers and hinted that is his rotation for the early part of the season.  Watching how much action Austin gets will be interesting.  He has the looks of the next great receiver, but how ready he is for the vaunted Michigan defense remains a question.

Boykin and Claypool as the starters give Notre Dame a pair of massive, physical receivers to go up against Michigan’s stout secondary.  If they struggle, look for Kelly and the Irish to try and attack with speed instead (enter Young & Austin)

Tight End

  1. Alize Mack
  2. Cole Kmet
  3. Nic Weishar

There’s some debate as to whether Cole Kmet is already the top tight end but until we see otherwise we’ll list Mack.  He might just be keeping the position warm for Kmet though.  Regardless of the starter, look for Notre Dame to use multiple tight end sets much more than they did a year ago with those two and Nic Weishar giving the Irish an uber talented trio.

Offensive Line

  1. Liam Eichenberg (LT) / Alex Bars (LG) / Sam Mustipher (C) / Tommy Kraemer (RG) / Robert Hainsey (RT)
  2. Jarrett Patterson (LT) / Dillon Gibbons / Trevor Ruhland (C) / Josh Lugg (RG) /Aaron Banks (RT)

No surprises here.  Robert Hainsey battled injuries in camp but he is back and fully cleared.  Michigan is going to test Liam Eichenberg in his first career start so LT is one area to watch.  True freshman Jarrett Patterson is listed as the backup but its hard to imagine Notre Dame not shuffling the deck a bit if Eichenberg struggles.

Defensive End

  1. Khalid Kareem (SDE) / Daelin Hayes (DROP)
  2. Ade Ogundeji (SDE) / Julian Okwara (DROP)
  3. Jamir Jones (SDE) / Kofi Wardlow (DROP)

The only surprise here is how deep this unit is.  In past years Okwara and Ogundeji could be starters.  It will be interesting to watch how Hayes and Okwara split reps though with Okwara the more skilled pass rusher.  The Irish need to pressure Shea Patterson early to keep him from getting settled in so look for Okwara on the field early even with Hayes starting.

Defensive Tackle

  1. Jerry Tillery (DT) / Jonathan Bonner (NT)
  2. Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (DT) / Kurt Hinish (NT)
  3. Jayson Ademilola (DT) / Micaeh Dew-Treadway (NT)

Looking at this depth makes me smile so much.  In many years a talented frosh like Ademilola would be in the two deep just like last year.  Notre Dame’s top four are really good, but watch how Bonner holds up at NT in his first career start at the position.  Michigan’s line isn’t that great so if he struggles it could be a bad sign for the season.

ROVER

  1. Asmar Bilal
  2. Shayne Simon
  3. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

I questioned who would start at ROVER a few weeks back and Asmar Bilal answered that emphatically by quickly ending any competition with frosh Shayne Simon.  Simon is the future of the position for Notre Dame, but Kelly tempered expectations for him yesterday.  Watch for Michigan to target Bilal early in the passing game.  It’s been the one glaring weakness in his game to this point in his career so the Wolverines would be unwise not to test him.

BUCK

  1. Drue Tranquill
  2. Jordan Genmark Heath
  3. Jack Lamb

Not much to see here, but Notre Dame really needs Tranquill to stay healthy.  Genmark Heath showed a lot of promise in the Citrus Bowl but is still a bit undersized for the BUCK position.

MIKE

  1. Tevon Coney
  2. Bo Bauer
  3. Jonathan Jones

Same goes here where it looks like freshman early enrollee Bo Bauer has passed Jonathan Jones on the depth chart to back up Tevon Coney.

Cornerback

  1. Julian Love / Troy Pride
  2. Shaun Crawford / Donte Vaughn

This is easily Notre Dame’s bet set of corners since Shane Walton and Vontez Duff both turned in All American seasons in 2002 for that stingy Notre Dame defense.  Add in Shaun Crawford and the Irish have one hell of a trio of corners.  They’ll benefit from not having to cover Tarik Black this weekend, but on any given weekend the Irish’s top 3 corners have the skills to matchup with anyone.  The depth behind them, however, is a little dicey given that after Donte Vaughn, the rest of the depth chart is full of true freshmen.

Safety

  1. Alohi Gilman / Nick Coleman
  2. Jalen Elliott / Houston Griffith

The one position group that still has questions to answer is safety.  We’ve heard all spring and summer long that Alohi Gilman is the real deal and will solidify one safety position.  We’ve heard over the last couple of weeks that Nick Coleman has gone from spring cast off to surprising starter at the other.  Coleman was so far behind here in spring that he was auditioning at nickel.  Freshman Houston Griffith likely would be starting if the injury bug didn’t slow him down, but for now it appears as though the Irish will ride with Coleman.