Notre Dame football studs and duds: Kyren Williams returns to form vs VT
1st Stud: Isaiah Foskey
If it wasn’t for Kyle Hamilton, Isaiah Foskey would be the player on Notre Dame’s defense that everyone spends all week talking about. He’s that good, and he was that good again at Virginia Tech. Foskey’s six tackles look modest, but they were major to the game, and that’s before you remember he also had a sack and a total of 1.5 tackles for loss.
Foskey has been by far the best pass rusher Notre Dame has had this season, and that’s incredibly important to this defense’s success. Foskey drove that success against Virginia Tech.
1st Dud: Mitchell Evans
It probably isn’t fair to put a ton of blame on Mitchell Evans’ shoulders for struggles in the passing game, but he needed to have a big game and didn’t. Evans came in to play a much larger role than expected, as Michael Mayer wasn’t healthy enough to go at tight end.
Throughout the game, Evans didn’t record a single catch, but he did manage to get ejected for a targeting call on a crackback block. That, of course, stretched the tight end spot even thinner. It wasn’t that Evans was terrible. It was that he couldn’t fill a massive gap, which became a hole that the Irish offense needed to fill throughout the night.