Notre Dame football: Week 4 offensive grades vs. Wisconsin
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Notre Dame is a bit predictable at wide receiver, but that’s fine. Yes, Michael Mayer is going to get most of the looks. Braden Lenzy represents speed on the outside, while Kevin Austin is the top target going downfield. None of this is news or hidden information. When that formula is well defended, there is very little that the Irish can do. When it’s clicking, however, it’s incredibly effective.
In this game, those weapons were working for the most part. Kevin Austin got open and was a key part of the offense. He had on a touchdown that where he had to Moss a Wisconsin corner and was held up under review. Later, his second touchdown would be the dagger. Michael Mayer, for his part, got a lot of touches but didn’t stretch the field the same way he normally would.
These weapons aren’t perfect by any means, but they’re capable. They also need to be on the attack as much as possible. This Irish team doesn’t have the offensive line or running game to be balanced, so there is just a ton of pressure on this unit.