Notre Dame Football: 5 Statistical Predictions For 2014

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Notre Dame Football will begin Fall Camp in about two weeks. The Fighting Irish play their first game in about six weeks. But, until then, there is not much to discuss but predictions and projections. Here are 5 statistical predictions for the 2014 season:

Nov 30, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver DaVaris Daniels (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Stanford Cardinal cornerback Wayne Lyons (2) during the third quarter at Stanford Stadium. The Stanford Cardinal defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

DaVaris Daniels Will Have a 1000-Yard Season

A Notre Dame receiver has surpassed the 1000-yard mark five of the last six seasons. Last year, TJ Jones caught 70 balls for 1108 yards and 9 touchdowns. The only year in the past six that an Irish receiver did not surpass the 1000-yard mark was in 2012. That year, Tyler Eifert and TJ Jones both caught 50 passes. Eifert racked up 685 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jones collected 649 yards and 4 touchdowns.

In the 2013 season, DaVaris Daniels caught 49 passes for 745 yards and 7 touchdowns. He finished second to TJ Jones. These totals were with Tommy Rees who was limited throwing the football. However, last year’s passing totals were the highest under Brian Kelly.

A seasoned Everett Golson should help Daniels excel. But, with Kelly taking over the play calling, it is likely that the Irish will call more passing plays than ever before. This should help Daniels have a fantastic season. Daniels Season Projections: 70 receptions for 1064 yards and 10 touchdowns.