The Notre Dame football team is going to have to rely on their defense in a big way in 2022, and one edge rusher could carve out a legendary legacy.
The 2022 Notre Dame football team should be fun to watch on the defensive side of the ball, as they have multiple potential All-Americans. The first team for this Irish defense will be their biggest of the season, as they head to Ohio State to take on a potential Heisman Trophy winner in CJ Stroud.
While Ohio State should be outstanding on offense in 2022, the Irish can disrupt them if they can get pressure on Stroud. Luckily for head coach Marcus Freeman, Notre Dame football has an elite playmaker coming off the edge in Isaiah Foskey, who could carve out a legendary legacy with the program.
With a 2022 season that mimics the breakout year he had in 2021, Foskey would become the program’s all-time leading sack master. When you consider all of the elite defensive players who have worn the Notre Dame football uniform, that would be quite an accomplishment.
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Foskey has everything you look for in an elite edge rusher, and most 2023 NFL Mock Drafts have him going in the first round. He could have easily been a Day 2 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, but like many of his teammates, he decided to come back and help Freeman get his head coaching career off on a good notre.
Setting the Notre Dame football all-time sack record, while also becoming a first-round pick would put Foskey in some rarified air. One of the more consistent edge rushers in the country, Foskey is also outstanding at forcing fumbles, a skill the Irish will need if they want to flip the field against a potent Ohio State offense in Week 1.
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Coming back to school was huge for this Notre Dame football defense, and based on how he looks heading into camp, he is going to be a real problem for any Irish opponent in 2022. If he can stay healthy, and continue to work on his game, Foskey could end up being the best edge rusher in program history.