At Wednesday’s post-practice press conference, Notre Dame Football Head Coach Brian Kelly announced several depth chart moves including Notre Dame’s starting Quarterback. It probably was only a matter of time before Kelly appointed Golson as the starter. Beyond the starting Quarterback spot, Kelly named Trumbetti, Onwualu and Riggs to the #1 spot on the depth chart.
Freshman Andrew Trumbetti enrolled early at Notre Dame. In the Spring, he worked with the first team sub-packages for 3rd down and pass rushing situations. But, he clearly rounded himself into more of a 3-down player. However, it probably is not a good sign overall that the Irish could start a Freshman on the Defensive Line.
Onwualu stood out last year on Special Teams. Like former special teams standouts Austin Collinsworth and Bennett Jackson, it was clear that Onwualu had a knack for excellent physical play. It may be surprising. However, Matthias Farley went from scout team Wide Receiver to starting Safety on a team that played in the National Title.
Here is the “two-deep” as it stands today. It is subject to change and will likely change.
- Quarterback – Everett Golson (Sr.), Malik Zaire (So.)
- Running Back – Tarean Folston (So.), Cam McDaniel (Sr.)
- Wide Receiver – Will Fuller (So.), DaVaris Daniels (Sr.)
- Slot Receiver – Amir Carlisle (Sr.), CJ Prosise (Jr.)
- Wide Receiver – Chris Brown (Jr.), Corey Robinson (So.)
- Tight End – Ben Koyack (Sr.), Durham Smythe (So.)
- Left Tackle – Ronnie Stanley (Jr.), Mike McGlinchey (So.)
- Left Guard – Matt Hegarty (Sr.), Conor Hanratty (Sr.)
- Center – Nick Martin (Sr.), Mark Harrell (Jr.)
- Right Guard – Christian Lombard (5th.), Colin McGovern (So.)
- Right Tackle – Steve Elmer (So.), Quenton Nelson (Fr.)
- Weakside Defensive End – Andrew Trumbetti (Fr.), Romeo Okwara (Jr.)
- Nose Guard – Jarron Jones (Jr.), Justin Utupo (5th.)
- Defensive Tackle – Sheldon Day (Jr.), Johnathan Bonner (Fr.)
- Strongside Defensive End – Ishaq Williams (Sr.), Issac Rochell (So.)
- SAM Linebacker – James Onwualu (So.), John Turner (Jr.)
- Mike Linebacker – Joe Schmidt (Sr.), Nyles Morgan (Fr.)
- Will Linebacker – Jaylon Smith (So.), Greer Martini (Fr.)
- Cornerback – KeiVarae Russell (Jr.), Devin Butler (So.)
- Cornerback – Cody Riggs (5th.), Cole Luke (So.)
- Strong Safety – Austin Collinsworth (5th.), Matthias Farley (Sr.)
- Free Safety – Max Redfield (So.), Eliar Hardy (Sr.)