Injuries are forcing the Notre Dame football team to usher in some of the future of the offensive line against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Welcome to the new era of Notre Dame football. At least we can welcome you to portion of that era.
Sophomore Ashton Craig is officially getting his first start at center. That’s the good news, for those who are more interested in getting a hint at what the Fighting Irish will be next year.
The bad news is the reason that Craig is getting the start on Saturday. It turns out that veteran center Zeke Correll won’t play in what would have been his final home game for Notre Dame football.
A graduate senior, Correl remains due to a concussion he suffered in the 31-23 loss at Clemson. The Notre Dame football program announced Correll would be the only player ruled out prior to warmups on this week’s official depth chart.
At the time that Correl was announced out, there was a question as to whether it would be Craig or graduate senior Andrew Kristofic getting the start in his place. However, not long after the news broke, the sophomore was seen working with quarterback Sam Hartman during warmups.
Kristific worked exclusively with backup QB Steve Angeli.
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Craig isn’t the only “offensive lineman of the future” getting the start against Wake Forest. Due to the season-ending injury to right guard Rocco Spindler, Billy Schrauth will get his first start of the season as well.
There has been a lot of talk the last few weeks about what the focus for the Notre Dame football team should be in these final few weeks of the regular season. With no New Year’s Six bowl on the horizon, plenty of fans believe it’s time to look towards the future.
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While injuries are always and forever not the way for a program to look toward the future, fans are going to get their wish, at least at right guard and center on Saturday.