Catching up with… Pat Haden

Pat Haden and Notre Dame football are improbably intermixed. That an award-winning quarterback at USC becomes a prominent part of Notre Dame football is undoubtedly odd, but Haden has become a staple of the Notre Dame broadcasts along with partner Tom Hammond.

In his own right, Haden is a fascinating character. He was a part of three Rose Bowl teams, a member of two national championship squads, and played professional football from 1975-1981. He was also one of the more distinguished scholar-athletes in college football’s history, winning the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, which he pursued during the offseason of his professional football career.

After a solid professional career, Haden made a career in broadcasting, and 22 years ago started a private equity firm that has been one of the more respected in the industry. Many question Haden’s choice as a play-by-play man by NBC, yet after catching him on the phone during a layover in a busy terminal at LAX, it’s clear that Haden is as smart, thoughtful, and as insightful as they come.

(Who knew USC made guys like that?)

I hope you all enjoy “Catching up… with Pat Haden.

On what he made of the performance against Nevada:

I just think they have pretty good players that they haven’t had in a long time. I think that was my biggest observation, they were a deeper, faster, team. I thought they played brilliant on both sides of the ball. Jimmy Clausen was awesome and the blitzing defense of Jon Tenuta caused all sorts of problems against a pretty dangerous offensive team in Nevada.

On “drinking the Kool-Aid,” and an early judgment on the state of this team:

All I would say is, what’s the rush to judge this team just yet? Having said that, in Nevada, I thought this was a dangerous team for the Irish. I thought Nevada would score points. I didn’t know if Nevada could stop Notre Dame, but I thought they could score points, because they did against just about everyone last year. They averaged 37 points a game.

We were telling people to curb your enthusiasm if you will, but I think there’s a lot to look forward to, but I just don’t think we should judge the team just yet. Let’s wait a few more weeks. If they can beat Michigan, and I think if they can beat Michigan State in week three, then there’s some hope for the Irish faithful.

Michigan State is a little like Notre Dame in my mind, because Coach Dantonio has recruited a lot better than they have in the past, and they have some good young players there. Maybe they aren’t as highly thought of as Notre Dame’s, but they have a different style than what we’ve seen. It’ll be tough for the defensive coordinator for the Irish, because they play a different style team nearly every week. Spread teams the first couple weeks, then a pound ’em team like the Spartans, then a balanced team like USC, then an option team like Navy. It’s a tough task for a defensive coordinator.

On the dynamic of defensive coordinators Corwin Brown and Jon Tenuta:

I think Charlie Weis wanted Jon Tenuta as the defensive coordinator. And Corwin Brown is a good enough guy and secure enough in his role that he’s not worried about his title. Corwin told me Friday that in 20 years, nobody is going to remember the titles, they’ll just remember if we had a successful season or not.

On becoming the lead analyst for Notre Dame football, after being a USC Trojan:

I had been in broadcasting for about 15 years before NBC called me. I had first worked college football for CBS after I retired from the Rams. For 8 or 9 years I did college football, then did pro football for Turner Sports. When Turner lost the NFL contract, NBC called me to see if I’d be interested in doing Notre Dame broadcasts.

I get asked this question a lot, but NBC hires the announcers, not Notre Dame. They have a national broadcast, and they don’t want any appearance of bias, I think. I give NBC a lot of credit for doing it. I was an experienced broadcaster, and it was a great opportunity for me, as I’ve always had a great deal of respect for Notre Dame. And quite honestly, the six game schedule, it really kind of fit into my business life. This is my 9th or 10th year, which is a lot longer than I thought I’d do, but I’ve enjoyed it a great deal. It’s been fun.

On balancing a successful career with broadcasting:

I work full-time with my business, including when I’m at Notre Dame on Fridays. Usually I have several conference calls or whatever I need to do with work. Broadcasting is a hobby for me. I’m a partner in my investment firm, Riordan, Lewis & Haden, which I’ve been doing for 22 years now. We’ve had a long, successful track record at my investment firm that we’re very proud of.

On his life during an average Notre Dame home football weekend:

I arrive in South Bend on Thursday nights. We have a production meeting and dinner with Tom Hammond, our producers and director. By the time we get there though, we’ve already done a lot of homework. The first game is probably the most prep for me, as I don’t know as much about ND as I do after the first game. On Fridays, we usually watch game tape from 8:30 to 10:00. At ten, we meet with Coach Weis for about 45 minutes to an hour, then we meet with Corwin Brown for about 25 minutes or so, then meet with some players. Jimmy Clausen, Michael Floyd, Kyle McCarthy, Sam Young. We meet 4, 5, 6 players each week, hear a little about the game plan, what’s going on with their life, with school, and then get some stories that don’t have anything to do with football.

The Nevada came in Friday afternoon, we watched them walk through practice, talked to their head coach, quarterback, and a few other guys, but we’d already had a conference call with them on Wednesday for about an hour and a half. And then we do the game. By on Sunday on my flight back, I’ve already spent four hours working on Michigan State. I’ve already read about 30-40 articles on them. And Monday I’m back in the office, I’m back to work. I try to read an article or watch some tape every morning while I’m on the treadmill to prepare for the next game.

On mixing professional football and the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship:

I was drafted by the Rams, but I had received the Rhodes Scholarship. The World League allowed me the opportunity to play 6 or 7 games and then still go to Oxford. So that’s why I didn’t sign with the Rams. I signed in the World League, played 7 games, then went to Oxford. The next two years of my Rhodes Scholarship, I actually played for the Rams for six months, then went to school for six months in Oxford. I did my scholarship over three years, and I played football for all three years. They wouldn’t let me do that now. And then I came back and went to law school, and they probably wouldn’t have let me do that either.

On how this ND team will handle adversity?

I asked Jimmy Clausen the same thing. I said, “Jimmy, why should anybody expect you guys to play better when you’ve got basically the same team?” He told me, “we’ve been together for three years now. We’ve suffered the highs and lows together, and we refuse to have as many lows. We’ve got great upperclassmen and leadership.”

That really resonated with me. This year, JImmy has a different aura around him. I’ve talked to Jimmy a lot of times, but Jimmy had a different feel about him, a different vibe about him. That was the most encouraging sign.

On if this team’s psyche is finally repaired?

I think it is. There’s a whole different kind of spirited leadership. Brian Smith is a solid leader. Jimmy Clausen appears to really be developing as
a leader. Kyle McCarthy is
a good leader and Scott Smith is the captain of special teams, and a really solid guy. There’s going to be some adversity, it’s going to happen to every team every season. I mean look at Florida, they’ve never gone undefeated in the years they won the national championship. You’re going to have those moments, and how you respond to adversity really tells you about the quality of the people and the quality of the team.

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    Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 34 Jahmir Smith, early-enrolled freshman running back

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    Listed Measurements: 5-foot-11, 200 pounds
    2018-19 year, eligibility: Early-enrolled freshman with four years of eligibility remaining, including the 2018 season.
    Depth chart: The actions of others (dismissed running backs Deon McIntosh and C.J. Holmes) will have immediate consequences for Smith. He finished spring third on the depth chart of prototypical running backs, behind junior Tony Jones and senior Dexter Williams, while sophomores Jafar Armstrong and Avery Davis worked as receiver/running back possibilities in that mix, as well.
    Recruiting: A consensus three-star prospect, Smith was recruited far and wide, hearing from both his homestate North Carolina and from the opposite coast in Cal and USC. He committed to Notre Dame in July of the summer before his senior year, though, ending any possible drama as the No. 20 running back in the class, per rivals.com.

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    Given Smith’s likelihood of playing this fall, his early enrollment’s innate head start in the weight room and learning the playbook should pay quick dividends.

    “[He’s] just retaining information really good at a fast rate, so that’s very encouraging,” Irish running backs coach Autry Denson said in late March. “Right now, every one of those [running backs] is being relied on to play. He’s doing a great job retaining information, a great job of just going out and playing football, trusting the process right now.”

    Denson went on to praise Smith for “catching the ball a lot better than I thought he would,” something of a back-handed compliment. Smith briefly illustrated those abilities during the Blue-Gold Game, pulling in a 19-yard catch and a three-yard reception, both from junior quarterback Ian Book.

    WHAT WAS SAID WHEN SMITH’S NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT ARRIVED
    “Smith breaks tackles rather than avoiding them. A low center of gravity and eagerness for contact will knock defenders backward more often than not, in many respects offering a skillset currently lacking from Notre Dame’s backfield.

    “… The Irish have capable running backs floating around aplenty, but as 2017 showed, there can never be enough of those. Smith might as well expect to see some action his freshman season, especially if current junior Josh Adams heads to the NFL as is expected and logical.”

    Editor’s Note: Smith signed with Notre Dame during December’s early signing period, before the issues with McIntosh and Holmes escalated, hence the usage of the ‘aplenty’ characterization.

    2018 OUTLOOK
    Smith was quite likely to play this season even before the NCAA’s rule change allowing freshmen to play in up to four games without losing a season of eligibility. That new quirk makes it a bit more difficult to project if a player will play in four or five (and more) games, but with Smith it is safe to presume he will see action in the majority of Notre Dame’s contests.

    He will be needed. Running backs get hurt, especially it would seem Jones and Williams. When a victory becomes a blowout, the Irish will not want to continue to expose Jones’ ankles or Williams’ quads. Smith (and/or incoming freshman C’Bo Flemister) will get the carries, possibly racking up stats a la McIntosh last year. McIntosh’s 368 yards and five touchdowns were primarily the result of running behind the country’s best offensive line, but that line should be solid again this year, putting Smith in position for 200 yards and three touchdowns, perhaps.

    Armstrong and Davis may keep Smith from an excess of competitive carries, as they will offer changes of pace to Jones’ bruising that Smith will not.

    DOWN THE ROAD
    Williams runs out of eligibility this season, creating a need for at least one contributing back in 2019. The best bet is Smith and Flemister split those carries while Jones remains the lead ballcarrier.

    In 2020, though, Notre Dame will need to rely on one of this year’s two freshmen, especially considering the near vacuum in offensive skill position players in the current recruiting cycle; only Thursday evening did the Irish secure the commitment of consensus three-star running back Kyren Williams (St. John Vianney High School; St. Louis).

    Armstrong and Davis may continue to pick up some carries, but neither projects as primarily a running back, but rather each as a slot receive comfortable motioning into the backfield.

    NOTRE DAME 99-to-2:
    No. 99 Jerry Tillery, defensive tackle, senior
    No. 98 Ja’Mion Franklin, defensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 97 Micah Dew-Treadway, defensive tackle, senior
    No. 95 Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, defensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 94 Darnell Ewell, defensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 91 Ade Ogundeji, defensive end, junior
    No. 89 Brock Wright, tight end, sophomore
    No. 88 Javon McKinley, receiver, junior
    No. 87 Michael Young, receiver, sophomore
    No. 86 Alizé Mack, tight end, senior
    No. 85 George Takacs, tight end, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 85 Tyler Newsome, punter and captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 84 Cole Kmet, tight end, sophomore
    No. 83 Chase Claypool, receiver, junior
    No. 82 Nic Weishar, tight end, fifth-year senior
    No. 81 Miles Boykin, receiver, senior
    No. 80 Micah Jones, receiver, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 78 Tommy Kraemer, right guard, junior
    No. 76 Dillan Gibbons, offensive lineman, sophomore
    No. 75 Josh Lugg, offensive lineman, sophomore
    No. 74 Liam Eichenberg, starting left tackle, junior
    No. 72 Robert Hainsey, right tackle, sophomore
    No. 71 Alex Bars, left guard and captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 70 Luke Jones, offensive lineman, incoming freshman
    No. 69 Aaron Banks, offensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 68 Jarrett Patterson, offensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 60 Cole Mabry, offensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 57 Trevor Ruhland, offensive lineman, senior
    No. 57 (theoretically) Jayson Ademilola, defensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 56 John Dirksen, offensive lineman, incoming freshman
    No. 55 Jonathan Bonner, defensive tackle, fifth-year senior
    No. 54 John Shannon, long snapper, junior
    No. 53 Khalid Kareem, defensive end, junior
    No. 53 Sam Mustipher, center and captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 52 Bo Bauer, linebacker, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 47 Kofi Wardlow, defensive end, sophomore
    No. 45 Jonathan Jones, linebacker, junior
    No. 44 Jamir Jones, defensive end, junior
    No. 42 Julian Okwara, defensive end, junior
    No. 41 Kurt Hinish, defensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 40 Drew White, linebacker, sophomore
    No. 39 Jonathan Doerer, kickoff specialist, sophomore
    No. 33 Shayne Simon, linebacker, incoming freshman
    No. 24 Tommy Tremble, tight end, incoming freshman

    MEDICAL EXEMPTION
    No. 35 David Adams, linebacker, sophomore

    OUTGOING TRANSFER
    No. 11 Freddy Canteen, receiver, outgoing transfer

    Notre Dame’s recruiting class gets an offensive skill player, consensus three-star RB Kyren Williams

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    Notre Dame finally has an offensive skill player in the recruiting class of 2019 (again). Consensus three-star running back Kyren Williams (St. John Vianney High School; St. Louis) committed to the Irish on Thursday, joining and following four offensive linemen just as he will certainly hope to while actually in college.

    Including those linemen and Williams, the Notre Dame class now has 15 commitments, but only the one running back among quarterback, running back, receiver and tight end possibilities. The modifier again is required in the lede because consensus four-star quarterback Cade McNamara (Demonte Ranch H.S.; Reno, Nev.) originally committed to the Irish before stepping away from that pledge in early March.

    Even without a dynamic playmaker, the class had risen up recruiting rankings.

    That should now not only continue but be a bit more legitimate.

    Williams chose Notre Dame over a lengthy offer list, headlined by Michigan, Stanford and his homestate Missouri. Part of his allure to schools in general and specifically the Irish is his pass-catching abilities. Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long’s ideal running back can motion out of the backfield and be deployed as a genuine receiving threat, thus creating a myriad of possibilities in two-back sets. That is one of the driving reasons junior Tony Jones is considered the top running back entering 2018; he is a more viable receiver than senior running back Dexter Williams.

    Kyren Williams visited campus this past weekend.

    Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 39 Jonathan Doerer, kickoff specialist

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    Listed Measurements: 6-foot-3, 200 pounds
    2018-19 year, eligibility: Sophomore with three seasons of eligibility remaining, including 2018.
    Depth chart: Doerer will presumably handle kickoff duties to allow senior placekicker Justin Yoon to focus on the uprights.
    Recruiting: Doerer’s de-commitment from Maryland to pledge to Notre Dame the weekend before National Signing Day came shortly after the Irish began focusing their pursuit on the kicker, a somewhat surprising recruitment considering Yoon had, at that point, two full years of eligibility remaining.

    CAREER TO DATE
    Doerer saw action in seven games last season with mixed results. His debut against Boston College consisted of three kickoffs yielding the Eagles an average field position of their own 30-yard-line, buoyed by a kickoff out of bounds.

    He recovered only somewhat from his shaky debut two weeks later late in the blowout of Miami (OH), sending two of his five kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

    2017: 32 kickoffs, nine touchbacks, one out of bounds.

    SPRING
    Doerer never came up this spring. Part of the reasoning for the coming indoor practice facility — to be completed next summer — is to allow for more springtime work for the specialists. Only two or three of Notre Dame’s spring practices were outdoors this year, and the current indoor facility’s ceiling is too low for a kicker like Doerer to properly work on hang time and placement.

    He did convert a 20-yard field goal and one extra point in the Blue-Gold Game.

    WHAT WAS PROJECTED A YEAR AGO
    “Expect Doerer to handle kickoffs from the outset and retain that duty until/unless it goes awry. Yoon’s injury concerns should be in the past by September, but allowing him to focus on placekicks could hold value for Notre Dame. Hence, [Irish head coach Brian] Kelly welcomed the chance to fill a scholarship slot with Doerer.”

    2018 OUTLOOK
    Doerer arrived at Notre Dame praised for his ability to send deep kicks high with hang time. It is a unique skill, albeit one needed less and less as the NCAA and the NFL increasingly try to diminish the high-speed collisions of kickoffs.

    As a freshman, Doerer eventually proved his ability to handle the specialty duties by pinning Wake Forest returners inside the five-yard line six of nine times, with the other three landing as touchbacks. The Demon Deacons couldn’t risk the ball bouncing away from the end zone, but fielding a kickoff at the three-yard line after it has decent hang time is, and indeed was, a recipe for poor field position.

    No longer. The NCAA has now adopted a rule wherein such a kickoff could be fair caught and the ball would be subsequently placed at the 25-yard line. There is no longer anything to gain from lofting a kickoff to the two-yard line rather than simply blasting it out of the end zone.

    Doerer will still be asked to do the latter, but the uniqueness of his abilities has been reduced drastically.

    DOWN THE ROAD
    Both Yoon and fifth-year punter Tyler Newsome will be out of eligibility after this season. Doerer will almost certainly take over as the placekicker, and working as the punter could reinvigorate some of the pertinence of his skillset. Pinpointing a punt out of bounds at the four-yard line does not incur a penalty like it does with a kickoff. Instead, it entirely alters an opposing offense’s strategy.

    NOTRE DAME 99-to-2:
    No. 99 Jerry Tillery, defensive tackle, senior
    No. 98 Ja’Mion Franklin, defensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 97 Micah Dew-Treadway, defensive tackle, senior
    No. 95 Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, defensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 94 Darnell Ewell, defensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 91 Ade Ogundeji, defensive end, junior
    No. 89 Brock Wright, tight end, sophomore
    No. 88 Javon McKinley, receiver, junior
    No. 87 Michael Young, receiver, sophomore
    No. 86 Alizé Mack, tight end, senior
    No. 85 George Takacs, tight end, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 85 Tyler Newsome, punter and captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 84 Cole Kmet, tight end, sophomore
    No. 83 Chase Claypool, receiver, junior
    No. 82 Nic Weishar, tight end, fifth-year senior
    No. 81 Miles Boykin, receiver, senior
    No. 80 Micah Jones, receiver, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 78 Tommy Kraemer, right guard, junior
    No. 76 Dillan Gibbons, offensive lineman, sophomore
    No. 75 Josh Lugg, offensive lineman, sophomore
    No. 74 Liam Eichenberg, starting left tackle, junior
    No. 72 Robert Hainsey, right tackle, sophomore
    No. 71 Alex Bars, left guard and captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 70 Luke Jones, offensive lineman, incoming freshman
    No. 69 Aaron Banks, offensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 68 Jarrett Patterson, offensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 60 Cole Mabry, offensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 57 Trevor Ruhland, offensive lineman, senior
    No. 57 (theoretically) Jayson Ademilola, defensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 56 John Dirksen, offensive lineman, incoming freshman
    No. 55 Jonathan Bonner, defensive tackle, fifth-year senior
    No. 54 John Shannon, long snapper, junior
    No. 53 Khalid Kareem, defensive end, junior
    No. 53 Sam Mustipher, center and captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 52 Bo Bauer, linebacker, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 47 Kofi Wardlow, defensive end, sophomore
    No. 45 Jonathan Jones, linebacker, junior
    No. 44 Jamir Jones, defensive end, junior
    No. 42 Julian Okwara, defensive end, junior
    No. 41 Kurt Hinish, defensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 40 Drew White, linebacker, sophomore
    No. 33 Shayne Simon, linebacker, incoming freshman
    No. 24 Tommy Tremble, tight end, incoming freshman

    MEDICAL EXEMPTION
    No. 35 David Adams, linebacker, sophomore

    OUTGOING TRANSFER
    No. 11 Freddy Canteen, receiver, outgoing transfer

    Medical issues force out LB David Adams, bringing Notre Dame to 85 scholarships

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    Thus ends any concerns about Notre Dame exceeding the 85 scholarships allowed by the NCAA in 2018. The Irish dropped to the mark not with the bang of a dismissal or an unexpected transfer, but with the whimper of the medical exemption of sophomore reserve linebacker David Adams, announced by Adams via Twitter late Tuesday evening.

    “It absolutely kills me to walk away from football, my true love,” Adams posted. “However, these are circumstances that I cannot control. I’ve prided myself on my work ethic and have spent countless hours perfecting my craft to be the best player I could and can be.

    “I need very specific and deliberate rehab and training to get my body back to where it once was and beyond. Coach [Brian] Kelly and Notre Dame have been very supportive throughout all of this.”

    Adams detailed a lengthy list of injuries, including concussions, a surgery on each shoulder, knee surgery, torn ligaments and continued chronic ailments. He will remain on scholarship at the University and be a part of the football program in some capacity but will not count toward the roster’s limit.

    “My return to football is currently unknown.”

    Considering Adams played his entire senior season of high school football with a torn UCL in his elbow suffered in the season opener, it is safe to assume these injuries became too much to overcome on any tangible timeline. Otherwise, he would have. Adams put off the surgery to repair that elbow until after the Under Armour All-American game, not wanting to diminish that experience in any way.

    “I only missed 1 game (in high school) due to have [sic] a very bad case of the Flu,” Adams wrote. “I prided myself on always being ready for every practice and game. On Friday nights when the lights came on, I was always ready to go.

    “I only know one way to play the game and that is as violent and fast as humanly possible.”

    Adams did not see any action last season, partly a result of that injury and partly a result of the Irish having a trio of experienced linebackers eating up the vast majority of snaps. In that vein, a look at what Adams’ 99-to-2 entry would have looked like, set to be published Thursday …

    No. 35 DAVID ADAMS

    Listed Measurements: 6-foot-¾, 222 pounds
    2018-19 year, eligibility: Sophomore with four seasons of eligibility remaining, including 2018.
    Depth chart: Adams would have been competing for third-string practice snaps with classmate Drew White and freshmen Bo Bauer and Jack Lamb at either interior linebacker position.
    Recruiting: A rivals.com three-star recruit, Adams chose Notre Dame over offers from Florida, LSU, Michigan and Michigan State, among others. The Under Armour All-American was rated the No. 18 linebacker in the country and the No. 8 prospect in Pennsylvania by rivals.com.

    CAREER TO DATE
    Adams saw no action his freshman season, preserving a year of eligibility.

    SPRING
    Adams was not discussed in spring practice, but a variety of injuries keeping him sidelined would explain that.

    WHAT WAS PROJECTED A YEAR AGO
    “Adams should not expect to see much playing time on defense this season. More of a run-stopping linebacker than one ready to drop into coverage, he fits more into the role currently filled by [Nyles] Morgan than anywhere else. Backing up Morgan is not a position that will lead to much, if any, playing time.

    “… Adams will have a prime chance to start as a sophomore. His instincts indicate he will fit the Morgan role. The only question will be if he fits better than [current-junior Jonathan] Jones or White. Even if one of those two earns the starting nod, Adams will be a primary backup.”

    2018 OUTLOOK
    To some degree, it is hard to project if a healthy Adams had a chance at much playing time this season or if the consistency of Jones and the position change of Jordan Genmark-Heath knocked him too far down the depth chart no matter what. It can be presumed the latter’s move from safety occurred not only to better serve his skillset, but also to patch a gap in the two-deep. Again, though, that hole may have existed, at least in part, due to Adams’ injuries.

    Either way, fifth-year Buck linebacker Drue Tranquill ended any possibilities of Adams starting this season when Tranquill moved inside from rover during the offseason.

    DOWN THE ROAD
    Both Tranquill and senior Mike linebacker Te’von Coney will be out of eligibility after this season, meaning Adams would have had a ripe chance to push for a starting gig next season. Along with White, Jones, Bauer and Lamb, he presumably would have ended up some piece of a rotation in 2019.

    That said, Bauer and Lamb arrived a semester early highly-touted and carrying greater expectations than had ever been anticipated from Adams. Former defensive coordinator Mike Elko recruited Bauer and Lamb with his system in mind, a system kept in place by new Irish defensive coordinator Clark Lea, who daylights as the linebackers coach. Adams may have seen significant playing time in 2019, but the current freshman duo was due to pass him by at some point in the future.

    NOTRE DAME 99-to-2:
    No. 99 Jerry Tillery, defensive tackle, senior
    No. 98 Ja’Mion Franklin, defensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 97 Micah Dew-Treadway, defensive tackle, senior
    No. 95 Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, defensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 94 Darnell Ewell, defensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 91 Ade Ogundeji, defensive end, junior
    No. 89 Brock Wright, tight end, sophomore
    No. 88 Javon McKinley, receiver, junior
    No. 87 Michael Young, receiver, sophomore
    No. 86 Alizé Mack, tight end, senior
    No. 85 George Takacs, tight end, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 85 Tyler Newsome, punter and captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 84 Cole Kmet, tight end, sophomore
    No. 83 Chase Claypool, receiver, junior
    No. 82 Nic Weishar, tight end, fifth-year senior
    No. 81 Miles Boykin, receiver, senior
    No. 80 Micah Jones, receiver, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 78 Tommy Kraemer, right guard, junior
    No. 76 Dillan Gibbons, offensive lineman, sophomore
    No. 75 Josh Lugg, offensive lineman, sophomore
    No. 74 Liam Eichenberg, starting left tackle, junior
    No. 72 Robert Hainsey, right tackle, sophomore
    No. 71 Alex Bars, left guard and captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 70 Luke Jones, offensive lineman, incoming freshman
    No. 69 Aaron Banks, offensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 68 Jarrett Patterson, offensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 60 Cole Mabry, offensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 57 Trevor Ruhland, offensive lineman, senior
    No. 57 (theoretically) Jayson Ademilola, defensive tackle, incoming freshman
    No. 56 John Dirksen, offensive lineman, incoming freshman
    No. 55 Jonathan Bonner, defensive tackle, fifth-year senior
    No. 54 John Shannon, long snapper, junior
    No. 53 Khalid Kareem, defensive end, junior
    No. 53 Sam Mustipher, center and captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 52 Bo Bauer, linebacker, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 47 Kofi Wardlow, defensive end, sophomore
    No. 45 Jonathan Jones, linebacker, junior
    No. 44 Jamir Jones, defensive end, junior
    No. 42 Julian Okwara, defensive end, junior
    No. 41 Kurt Hinish, defensive tackle, sophomore
    No. 40 Drew White, linebacker, sophomore
    No. 33 Shayne Simon, linebacker, incoming freshman
    No. 24 Tommy Tremble, tight end, incoming freshman

    MEDICAL EXEMPTION
    No. 35 David Adams, linebacker, sophomore

    OUTGOING TRANSFER
    No. 11 Freddy Canteen, receiver, outgoing transfer