Notre Dame Football’s Top 5 Offensive Impact Players


As the 2014 Notre Dame Football season approaches, lets take a look at the top five players who make the Irish offense click.

1.) Everett Golson- This is the man expected to be behind center for the Irish this year. Coming off a season long suspension, Golson looks to to lead the Fighting Irish back to national prominence. With his 2405 passing yards and 298 rushing yards in the 2012 season, Everett Golson has all the experience necessary to lead the Irish back into the spotlight.

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November 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) looks to pass against the Southern California Trojans during the first half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

2.) Cam McDaniel- McDaniel carried the Irish rushing attack on his back last year. He led the Irish in carries (152) and rushing yards (705). McDaniel is averaging 4.7 yards per carry on his career and is a force when he gets in open space. His specialty is the short yard scenario but McDaniel is capable of much more and it will show this year.

3.) DaVaris Daniels- With his 49 receptions for 745 yards and 7 touchdowns, Daniels showed us just what he is capable of with the football in his hands. His close relationship with Everett Golson and the fact that he is the only current receiver with more than once reception from Golson gives him a great advantage this season. Look for Daniels to put up big numbers and be the go to man in the tough situations this year.

4.) Ben Koyack- Koyack will be looking to fill the very big shoes of Troy Niklas Koyack has a lot to prove. He has showed glimpses of greatness like his 76 yard game against Pitt and his 34 yard touchdown against Navy. Look for koyack to be a red zone hero.

5.) Christian Lombard- Lombard was apart of a front that allowed just eight sacks. Lombard’s season ended after game seven with a back injury. He looks better than ever coming into the 2014 season. Look for an Irish line that holds defenses at bay and helps convert on the third and shorts.

Honorable Mention- Tarean Folston- Tarean Folston has the ability to be an absolute game changer. As a freshman he recorded 470 yards on 88 carries.