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Examining the official roster (Freshmen)

Aug 5, 2013, 1:59 AM EDT

Malik Zaire

Notre Dame begins the season on Monday with four days at Camp Shiloh. Before we get into training camp battles, player interviews, and all the serious stuff, let’s take a cruise through the official roster.

Here are a few tidbits I found interesting about the freshmen:

* At a shade below 5-foot-10, Greg Bryant certainly carries the weight of a well put together running back at 204 pounds. But perhaps just as impressive is how thick fellow back Tarean Folston is. A half inch shorter than Bryant, Folston weighs in at 207 pounds. That’s plenty of bulk for a guy that many expected to be the change of pace, home run threat.

(With George Atkinson III weighing in at 220, and Will Mahone and Cam McDaniel both over 200, Amir Carlisle is the featherweight at 190 pounds.)

* This freshman offensive line class is a group of big muchachos, to borrow from a former Irish head coach. Let’s walk through the unit:

Hunter Bivin — 6-5.5, 291 lbs.
Steve Elmer — 6-5.5, 317 lbs.
Mike McGlinchey — 6-7.5, 290 lbs.
Colin McGovern — 6-4.5, 313 lbs.
John Montelus — 6-3.75, 340 lbs.

* On the defensive side of the ball, a quick look at a few freshman that’ll help out points us towards Isaac Rochelle, who checks in at 6-3.5 and 280 pounds. Meanwhile, if you were worried that Jaylon Smith wasn’t able to put enough meat on his bones, he’s listed at the very respectable 6-2.25, 230 pounds. Michael Deeb looks very much like the physical product he was advertised as, with 242 pounds on his 6-1.75 frame.

* Of the young rookie defensive backs, getting an accurate height-weight from a recruiting profile is next to impossible. Here’s where the young group checks in:

Devin Butler — 6-0.5, 181 lbs.
Rashad Kinlaw — 5-11, 182 lbs.
Cole Luke — 5-10.75, 184 lbs.Max Redfield — 6-1, 194 lbs

Last year, nobody expected KeiVarae Russell to emerge as an every game starter. Can one of these guys become a contributor along the back end of the defense?

* Lastly, here’s a quick look at the height/weight gain of the early enrollee freshmen:

Steve Elmer — 6-5.5, 317 lbs. (No change)
Mike Heuerman — 6-3.5, 225 lbs. (Up 7 pounds from spring)
Corey Robinson — 6-4.25, 205 lbs. (Up 8 pounds from spring)
James Onwualu — 6-1, 215 lbs. (No change)
Malik Zaire — 6-0, 208 lbs. (No change)

  1. yaketyyacc - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    looks impressive. hope more then one plays often. the information is prolific, thanks Keith.
    work hard young men of Notre Dame.
    to those who think, I do not like tommy rees, let me say, I think this young man has tremendous heart, knows the play book better then any other quarterback, puts out a 100 per cent in practice and in a game. if his ability matched his heart, Notre Dame would be undefeated for the last three years. Notre Dame needs tommy rees, a leader who leads by example, a team player.
    it is my personal opinion, and only an opinion that Malik Zaire would be a more productive player due to having more talent.

  2. tony34343434 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    lets not forget, Tommy won us a few games last year including the Michigan game. i think Tommy is the only choice if we want a shot at the BCS. Zaire sounds like he has tremendous talent but it will take a year of learning the system. Golson had a year to learn the playbook and still didnt have it mastered.

    We will have to run the ball often, play great defense and put tommy in 3rd and 2 not 3rd and 10 situations. he is an accurate passer, we know not a strong arm. he can be like a Phil Simms type a game manager. Short accurate passes and let the receivers run for the first down.

    SEC teams win with great running games and a great defense. Look at Bama not a great QB but when you run the ball well it sets up the passing game.

    LETS GO IRISH!!!

    • irish4006 - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      “he is an accurate passer, we know not a strong arm. he can be like a Phil Simms type a game manager. Short accurate passes and let the receivers run for the first down…”

      I just re-watched the BYU game this weekend to refresh my memory and get a feel for what to expect. I am depressed.

      There was no completion in Q2 and Q3. After first quarter, accurate Tommy had his next completion in Q4. There were numerous occasions when he didn’t see wide open receivers due to locking in on Eifert and throwing to him in triple coverage. Commentators were talking about how good his pre-snap read was, Kelly talked about checking us out of bad plays etc., when I watched the game, I only saw a very inconsistent offense that looked anemic at times. Even when the offense was able to make progress, it stalled in the red zone. Add to that two missed FGs and no return on special teams; it was painful to watch.

      O-line will have to step up big time this year… if we can’t get the running game going, it’s going to be a long long long season.

  3. 31sorin - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Can someone add some thoughts on Hendrix? If Rees gets clocked, the next man in isn’t going to be Zaire. What can we expect with Hendrix? Is he better than his few minutes of playing time would indicate? Isn’t his grasp of the playbook almost as good as Rees? Better arm, better runner…what’s the issue?

    • andy44teg - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Tunnel Vision. Makes for a great doctor but a horrible QB.

    • danirish - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      This is all my own speculation of course but if Rees gets knocked out:
      I assume Hendrix will play
      Is Zaire strictly emergency or does the coaching staff plan to use him anyway?
      If ND is undefeated and Zaire has shown he can play then I assume he will go in with Hendrix
      I have no clue

      GO IRISH!

  4. simmel65 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    This is such an impressive recruiting class. It will be fun to see who gets to play this year? We don’t know much about these guys, but you have to think that the practices are going to be really competitive this year. Look at running back and defensive backfield. There are a lot of highly rated guys competing to play. I think this will be huge for us this year. Plus a bunch of RKG as well in there, so I think that is a good mix.

    Can’t wait for more updates!

    GO IRISH!

  5. danirish - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    I’m excited for this season!

    Good to see weight gain on Robinson even if its only 8 pounds (I have some to spare if they need it!)

    Play the freshman! Play them! Healthy dose of Bryant and Folston!

    GOD I CAN’T WAIT ANYMORE

    FOOTBALL!

    GO IRISH!

  6. bb90grad - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Shamrock Series unis for ASU game have been revealed. Let the banter begin…

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/eye-on-college-football/23023682/photos-notre-dames-shamrock-series-uniforms

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      They are different. Wonder if the team will call for a stadium white-out.

  7. ajw21 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I saw in an article from Bleacher Report so take what you will from it but when Kelly was pressed about Rees as the starter, he named him as the starter for Temple and not the whole season. That could be coachtalk but I take it as Zaire & maybe Hendrix getting some oppurtunties this year.
    Go Irish!

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