Notre Dame football offensive leaders drive early prep for 2024 success

Notre Dame football's new offensive players, led by Riley Leonard, are uniting early to ensure quick cohesion and success for the 2024 football season.
Notre Dame football quarterback Riley Leonard (13)  dresses and throws some pre-game passes with fellow quarterbacks.
Notre Dame football quarterback Riley Leonard (13) dresses and throws some pre-game passes with fellow quarterbacks. / MANDATORY CREDIT GREG SWIERCZ / USA

If the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are going to have a successful 2024, a lot of new pieces are going to need to meld with the existing pieces quickly. Especially on the offensive side of the ball.

The Irish defense is just regrouping and reloading. There are a few new pieces here and there, but Al Golden's defense, known for its reliability, is mostly expected to be better than 2023. But the offense has some questions.

Gone is Sam Hartman. Gone is Audric Estime. In their place is a question mark at running back and Riley Leonard, who happens to be injured at the moment. 

There's also some exciting additions to the Notre Dame football team that should absolutely make the Fighting Irish better. Despite losing some receivers to the transfer portal, they've added some top talent at the position as well. 

All the new offensive pieces are going to take some time to gel. The Irish don't have that kind of time, though. They open the season against a Texas A&M team that many analysts believe could be a playoff contender.

Notre Dame football stars get together to work towards 2024

It appears that Leonard understands the need to get the offense together quickly. They need to get on the same page as quickly as possible. And they need to start right away.

That's why the Notre Dame quarterback got several of his teammates together, as well as one future Fighting Irish star to work out and start getting to know each other. 

Earlier this week, news got out that Riley Leonard, CJ Carr, and Deuce Knight were throwing with Kris Mitchell, Deion Colzie, Jayden Thomas, Beaux Collins, Jayden Harrison, and Jaden Greathouse in Leonard’s hometown of Fairhope, Alabama this week.

All of that is impressive. It shows that Leonard is taking the idea he needs to be a leader to heart. He's getting his offense together to start to get to know each other. And there's another level to this.

Leonard and Knight will never play together. The former Duke Blue Devil will be gearing up for a run in the NFL by the time Knight gets to South Bend. But he's still making sure that the quarterbacks that will come after him are also getting up to speed. 

It's the kind of leadership and preparation that should make any Notre Dame football fan happy. And excited for what's to come.