2017 Notre Dame Football Now or Never Players

UHND.com profiled seven players who enter the 2017 Notre Dame football season at pivotal junctures in their collegiate careers. All once highly regarded recruits, each finds themselves at a point in their careers where if they don’t step up this season, they very well could find themselves passed over on the depth chart by underclassmen sooner rather than later.  As Notre Dame looks to rebound for 2016’s disastrous season, the change of a bounce back season could hinge in large part on how many of these players turn out to be nows vs. nevers.

Dexter Williams - Notre Dame RB

Dexter Williams: Notre Dame Football Now or Never ’17

After a year in which the Notre Dame running game wasn’t necessarily a prominent feature of the offense, the 2017 edition of the Irish figures to rectify that situation. The arrival of new offensive coordinator Chip Long serves as the ...
Nick Watkins - Notre Dame CB

Nick Watkins: Notre Dame Football ’17 Now or Never

Coming back from a 2016 campaign that was completely wiped out by injury, junior cornerback Nick Watkins is one of the key players that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is looking at when it comes to changing the losing ...
Alex Bars - Notre Dame OL

Alex Bars: Notre Dame Football Now or Never ’17

Having at least one more year to fulfill the promise that was first envisioned for him even before he donned his first Notre Dame uniform, Alex Bars will have a different perspective when he takes the field for the Irish ...

Jay Hayes: Notre Dame Football Now or Never ’17

A year ago at this time, Jay Hayes was listed by many as a potential breakout candidate for Notre Dame.  Primed for a starting role after a redshirt season in 2015, Hayes suffered an injury in camp that lingered into ...

Miles Boykin: Notre Dame Football Now or Never ’17

Our yearly Now or Never series continues today with a player who still has three years of eligibility remaining, but plays at a position at which Notre Dame is simply loaded – wide receiver.  Miles Boykin heads into his junior ...

Nick Coleman: Notre Dame Football 2017 Now or Never

Our yearly Now or Never series continues today with one of the more intriguing players on the 2017 roster – former cornerback turned safety Nick Coleman.  The junior has played plenty over his first two seasons, but a position switch ...
Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery

Jerry Tillery: Notre Dame Football Now or Never ’17

Today we’re starting our yearly Now or Never series with a familiar face – defensive tackle Jerry Tillery.  It may come as a surprise to some, but Jerry Tillery is only entering his junior season this fall even though it ...

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