Notre Dame Football: 5 Players who need to step up in the second half
Kevin Austin-Wide Receiver
Make no mistake, Kevin Austin is one of the most improved players on Notre Dame’s roster. Between injuries and suspensions, Austin barely played during his time at Notre Dame until this year. His 18 catches are triple his career total before 2021. That’s insane in its own right, and plays like his two-point conversion catch are going to stand out to fans.
Still, he needs to take another step forward in the second half of the season.
How does Austin step up in the second half from his first-half performance? It starts with becoming a more consistent player. That means eliminating drops. He has had an issue with those, and they’ve limited his production. That problem has also lead to issues like not recording a single catch against Purdue.
It’s also important that he becomes a safety valve or outlet for these quarterbacks, who are struggling right now. That’s the role that Michael Mayer has filled, but he needs help doing it. After all, that becomes predictable. Besides, Mayer is banged up now and he needs help from athletes that are as talented as Austin.
Austin isn’t the only receiver who could step up. Avery Davis has the experience to be better than he has, while Braden Lenzy still needs to be a pure threat with his speed. However, Austin is the most naturally talented of any of them, so he needs to step up.