This year, Notre Dame’s Football team will be one of the youngest that Brian Kelly has ever had at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are making slight adjustments on Offense and Defense. The Defense will likely operate with three Cornerbacks most of the time. Here are Notre Dame’s players ranked 1-22, continuing with #15:
Amir Carlisle – Senior – Slot Receiver
When Amir Carlisle finally made his way onto the field against Temple, it looked like it would be impossible to get him off. His first carry and the first play from scrimmage of the 2013 season was a 45 yard burst through the left side of Notre Dame’s line. However, Carlisle only finished that game with 7 carries for 68 yards. The most he was ever used was 12 carries in the game against Michigan. Folston and McDaniel surpassed Carlisle by the end of September. Carlisle finished the season with 204 rushing yards.
Carlisle converts to Slot Receiver this season because of a crowded backfield. The only touchdown Carlisle scored in college (at USC) was on a throw from Matt Barkley. He has the speed and elusiveness to be a playmaker in Notre Dame’s Offense. But, does he have natural pass catching skills? For the most part in the Spring Game, he looked unnatural going up for the ball.
This could be another Theo Riddick experiment. Although Riddick never exploded at Wide Receiver, he was fairly productive. In 2010, he collected 40 receptions for 414 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2011, Riddick tallied 38 catches for 436 yards and 3 touchdowns. If Carlisle can produce those numbers, Notre Dame would probably be extremely happy.
Will Carlisle break out this season and secure his spot for a 5th year? Or will he be another great athlete who could not become a great football player?