As Notre Dame takes the field to warm up for the Fiesta Bowl, they’ll go to battle without freshman defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. Notre Dame’s sports information department announced that Tillery will not play against Ohio State because of a violation of team rules.
The Irish defensive front will be tested against one of the country’s best running attacks, led by Ezekiel Elliott. While Notre Dame expects to get a contribution from senior Jarron Jones, who is returning from an August knee injury, Daniel Cage battled a sprained ankle all bowl season and Tillery was expected to play a significant amount of snaps.
Expect sophomore Jonathan Bonner to take snaps in Tillery’s place or defensive end Isaac Rochell to slide inside.