Notre Dame football: 3 reasons to worry coming out of 2021 fall camp
Depth in the secondary
The Notre Dame defense has veteran talent on all three levels, and they could have multiple breakout players, including Isaiah Foskey coming off the edge. The linebacker group took a big hit with the injury to Marist Liufau, who was supposed to be a starter in 2021, but enough talent remains that it should be an excellent group, especially with Freeman being a specialist at the position.
The secondary, on the other hand, is a bit worrisome, as the Irish are going to need big seasons from multiple players at both safety, and cornerback. Kyle Hamilton is an All-American at safety, and one of the best defensive backs in the country, but the Irish need Houston Griffith to be a constant alongside him in 2021.
At cornerback, Clarence Lewis had a terrific true freshman season, but he struggled a bit this offseason and has some questions around him. Cam Hart needs to step up in a starting role in 2021, as does TaRiq Bracy, while Ramon Hernandez provides good versatility. Freshmen Ryan Barnes and Philip Riley will also get a long look, and while the talent is there, most of it is unproven.