Notre Dame Fighting Irish News: Jack Kiser gets big praise, more

Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Jack Kiser shows exactly why fans should be quite happy he'll be back in 2024.
Notre Dame defenders chase a running back
Notre Dame defenders chase a running back / Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the calendar has switched to 2024, it's officially time to start dreaming on what the next season for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish could be. There's been plenty of superlatives for what Marcus Freeman and company are planning.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have plenty of talent coming back. Especially on the defensive side of the ball. Among those coming back is none other than linebacker Jack Kiser. Kiser was plenty good in 2023. After announcing that he's coming back, it's safe to say that there are plenty of Notre Dame football fans who expect him to have a big 2024.

It's possible that some Fighting Irish fans haven't really grasped just how good Kiser's 2023 season was. A tweet by Pro Football Focus earlier this week should certainly underline the talent that will be lining up alongside the likes of Xavier Watts.

According to PFF, Kiser had the second best season of any linebacker on a Power 5 program. He finished the year with that site giving him a 90.3 grade. The top linebacker in the country among P5 schools, Texas A&M's Edgerrin Cooper didn't beat out Kiser by much as he earned a 90.8 grade.

In yet another sign as to just how good the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense was, Kiser wasn't the only Golden Domer on PFF's list. JD Bertrand was 9th on the list with an 82.3 overall grade.

Other Notre Dame Fighting Irish news

  • While Notre Dame football is getting a ton of headlines these days, the women's basketball team continues to be putting together a very good season. On Thursday night, the 19th-ranked Irish upended the Virginia Cavaliers, 86-76 to improve to 14-3 on the year.

As weird as it sounds, January also means that the baseball season is right around the corner. In honor of that, the ACC pointed out that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are in a heck of a conference. A recently released preseason poll showed that 6 ACC squads were in the Top 15. Wake Forest (1), Clemson (10), Duke, (12), North Carolina State (13), Virginia (14) and North Carolina (15) are all set for big seasons.