If Notre Dame performs like they did on Saturday against a team who is more capable of executing, they could be in for a long season in 2013. The team surrendered about 230 yards in the first half. The Irish made Temple look like a solid BCS automatic qualifier.
Fans wanted Elijah Shumate on the field over Austin Collinsworth. However, Collinsworth had a much better first half than Shumate. Shumate played poorly in one-on-one coverage. He was beaten once with a poor angle and once when he committed pass interference.
Notre Dame was utilizing more one-on-one coverage and subbing more than they did last year. Bennett Jackson subbed out for Cole Luke several times in the first half. Will Notre Dame continue this trend against the better teams such as Michigan? Will they continue attempt to play man to man or will they go back to cover two to cover up some of their deficiencies?
The Defense line had an up and down day. They frequently substituted. Jarron Jones and Issac Rochell made their Notre Dame debuts. Stephon Tuitt made use of an excellent speed rush on his sack. He disengaged the Right Tackle with his hands and got quickly to the Quarterback. Anyone who believes that Tuitt has lost a step should be put at ease by this sack. Louis Nix struggled in the first half. He had two penalties: offsides and roughing the passer. He did not dominate like an All-American.
2nd Half to come…