Max Redfield will finally have breakout season.
Out of the first seven predictions for the 2016 Notre Dame football season, this might be the boldest one yet. Redfield has been one of the most criticized players in recent memory, and for good reason. Redfield was one of the highest rated recruits in Notre Dame’s 2013 recruiting class and really has not played up to his five-star billing. There have been questions about his character and worth ethic. He was sent home from days before Fiesta Bowl this past season. He was supposed to be the next great safety for the Irish, but he has yet to pan out.
Redfield has remained the starter on the depth chart this spring, but all signs have pointed to true freshman Devin Studstill getting some meaningful playing time over Redfield in 2016. So you’re probably wondering, “How the heck is Redfield going to make the jump when he’s never performed and now he this freshman is breathing down his neck?”
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The switch will finally switch for Redfield. We’ve seen guys before who had breakout senior seasons such as Romeo Okwara, Jonas Gray and Arnaz battle. I think Redfield could make a similar leap. A strong senior season could go a long way for Redfield’s NFL prospects. Time is running out for him to make an impact not only NFL scouts, but also on the Notre Dame program.
Another reason why Redfield will make the jump is that he’s going to get pushed. For the first time in Redfield’s time at ND, there will be a substantial amount of depth in the secondary. The Irish brought in seven defensive backs in the latest recruiting cycle. There will be plenty of underclassmen behind Redfield to push him. A little competition will do him well.
We’ve been waiting for three years now for Redfield to finally blossom. We all thought he’d be a star by now, but it hasn’t worked out that way. He’ll finally breakout in 2016 though. Better late than never…right?