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Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 85 Tyler Newsome, punter

Listed Measurements: 6-foot-2 ½, 207 pounds
2017-18 year, eligibility: Senior with two seasons of eligibility remaining including the 2017 season
Depth chart: While Notre Dame did unexpectedly add kicker Jonathan Doerer to its incoming freshmen class, his specialty is kickoffs. Newsome remains essentially unchallenged at the punter position.
Recruiting: Punters are not often heralded as recruits, but rivals.com did bestow a three-star ranking on Newsome, the No. 6 kicker/punter in his class.

CAREER TO DATE
With former Irish kicker/punter Kyle Brindza handling all the leg-swinging duties in 2014, Newsome preserved a year of eligibility before taking over as punter his sophomore season. With more than 100 boots to his name at this point, Newsome has been an example of consistency.

2015: 55 punts at an average of 44.5 yards per punt with a long of 62 yards. Notre Dame averaged a field position swing of 38.1 yards per punt.
2016: 54 punts at an average of 43.5 yards per punt with a long of 71 yards. Notre Dame averaged a field position swing of 35.3 yards per punt.

Newsome also handled the kickoff duties in 2015, but that was removed from his to-do list last season and should not return to Newsome’s plate this season, especially now with Doerer entering the picture.

2015: 84 kickoffs at an average of 61.6 yards per kick with 21 touchbacks and five sent out of bounds.

WHAT KEITH ARNOLD PROJECTED A YEAR AGO
“If 2015 was about exceeding expectations, 2016 will be about performing with the bar raised. Newsome’s rookie season was a good one. But there’s room for improvements.

“Expect new special teams analyst Marty Biagi to take Newsome under his wing. The former college punter will likely spend some time refining Newsome’s craft, looking to add hang time to his punts and kicks, and making sure there are more booming moon shots than side-footed shanks.

“Notre Dame doesn’t want to have a celebrated punter – and they won’t as long as the offense performs. But the combo of Newsome and Yoon has the chance to be one of the better special teams batteries in America.”

2017 OUTLOOK
Keith’s final point rings true. Notre Dame does not necessarily want Newsome to excel. If he is getting enough work to truly stand out, that simply means the Irish offense has turned stalling into a routine occurrence.

Whether he gets frequent use or not, Newsome has proven to be a consistent performer, largely immune to the pressure so often found to figuratively cripple college kickers and punters. Expect that steadfastness to continue this season.

DOWN THE ROAD
Unless Doerer begins punting in practices, in addition to his possible kickoff duties, Newsome should take comfort in the fact that the Irish coaching staff did not pursue a punter in the class of 2017. If nothing else, that indicates they expect him back in 2018, and they appear to be comfortable with that. Newsome is low maintenance, and that should not be undervalued.

Could he catch Notre Dame off guard and leave early? When is the last time a kicker or punter not named Aguayo declared for the NFL before his eligibility expired? (No, really, go ahead and do the research. Much appreciated.) If a non-football opportunity presents itself such that Newsome considers leaving for it, one would think that opportunity would still be around a semester later on. He isn’t a linebacker worried about his long-term health, so there should be less motivation to cut short his college football experience.


2017’s Notre Dame 99-to-2
Friday at 4: Goodbye A-to-Z, hello 99-to-2 (May 12)
No. 99: Jerry Tillery, defensive tackle
No. 98: Andrew Trumbetti, defensive end
No. 97: Micah Dew-Treadway, defensive tackle
No. 96: Pete Mokwuah, defensive tackle
No. 95 (theoretically): Darnell Ewell, defensive tackle
No. 94 (theoretically): Kurt Hinish, defensive tackle
No. 93: Jay Hayes, defensive end
No. 92 (theoretically): Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, defensive tackle
No. 91: Ade Ogundeji, defensive end
No. 90 (theoretically): Cole Kmet, tight end
No. 89: Brock Wright, tight end
No. 88: Javon McKinley, receiver
No. 87 (theoretically): Jafar Armstrong, receiver
No. 86: Alizé Mack, tight end

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    Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 12 DJ Brown, cornerback, incoming freshman

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    Listed Measurements: 6-foot-1, 180 pounds
    2018-19 year, eligibility: Incoming freshman with four years of eligibility remaining, including the 2018 season.
    Depth chart: Brown lands on a depth chart well-stocked at cornerback, with pairs of upperclassmen filling the two-deep at both field and boundary.
    Recruiting: A consensus three-star prospect, the Under Armour All-American was committed to Virginia but did not sign during the early signing period, a sure predictor of an eventual de-commitment late in the cycle. He then narrowed his choices to Notre Dame, Cal and Northwestern while also holding offers from Clemson, Ohio State and South Carolina.

    QUOTE(S)
    After praising Brown’s intangibles (“a great background,” “a strong commitment to the culture here”), Irish head coach Brian Kelly acknowledged Brown could be a future safety thanks to his lanky frame.

    “DJ has got the skills to play corner right now, but he’s 6-1, 190, so we know that he’s got the length,” Kelly said. “He’s got the ability to be a bigger, stronger player, as well. We liked his football IQ, we liked the way he played football.

    “… Those are things that I think you can’t teach, 6-1, and we wanted some size at that position. He brings it to us.”

    WHAT WAS SAID WHEN BROWN’S NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT ARRIVED
    “Brown may be a genuinely prototypical cornerback, at his best in pass coverage and able to locate the ball in the air. By no means does he not need development, but given the stockpile of talent at the position two years ahead of him, Brown should have time to progress and be ready to contribute in a season or two.”

    2018 OUTLOOK
    Even if Brown is the one freshman cornerback to break through as a defensive reserve in competitive situations, that workload will be minimal, barring injury. It would take a disastrous preseason from junior Donte Vaughn to otherwise vault Brown (or any of the freshmen corners) into a consistent contributing role.

    Brown will inevitably see some time on special teams, the question being if it is in only four games and preserves a year of eligibility or if it is season-long. Only time will tell how Notre Dame handles such situations moving forward with the new possibilities presented by this NCAA change.

    DOWN THE ROAD
    Is it cheating to pull verbatim from February’s “Notre Dame gets the letter”? It is a Sunday in mid-July … Please? Fine, it’s cheating, but only because senior Nick Watkins already transferred elsewhere.

    Given the complete void of cornerbacks in the class before this, the position has some rapid turnover coming down the line. Junior Julian Love will have reason to consider the NFL after this season and senior Shaun Crawford will most likely have only one season remaining, something he could use elsewhere if he hears the footsteps of current juniors Troy Pride and Vaughn.

    Even if everyone fulfills their Irish eligibility, that will leave two starting spots, a nickelback need and no reserves but for the young foursome in 2020. In that respect, the competition amongst themselves has already begun.

    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. 34 Jahmir Smith, running back, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 33 Shayne Simon, linebacker, incoming freshman
    No. 31 Jack Lamb, linebacker, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 30 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, linebacker, sophomore
    No. 29 Ovie Oghoufo, linebacker, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 28 Nicco Fertitta, safety, senior
    No. 27 Julian Love, cornerback, junior, second-team All-American
    No. 25 Braden Lenzy, receiver, incoming freshman
    No. 24 Tommy Tremble, tight end, incoming freshman
    No. 24 Nick Coleman, defensive back, senior
    No. 23 Drue Tranquill, linebacker, two-time captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 22 Asmar Bilal, rover, senior
    No. 21 Jalen Elliott, safety, junior
    No. 20 Shaun Crawford, nickelback, senior
    No. 20 C’Bo Flemister, running back, incoming freshman
    No. 19 Justin Yoon, placekicker, senior
    No. 19 Justin Ademilola, defensive end, incoming freshman
    No. 18 Joe Wilkins, cornerback, incoming freshman
    No. 17 Isaiah Robertson, safety-turned-rover, sophomore
    No. 16 Noah Boykin, cornerback, incoming freshman
    No. 15 D.J. Morgan, safety-turned-linebacker, junior
    No. 15 Phil Jurkovec, quarterback, consensus four-star incoming freshman
    No. 14 Devin Studstill, safety, junior
    No. 13 Lawrence Keys, receiver, incoming freshman
    No. 13 Paul Moala, local safety, incoming freshman

    MEDICAL EXEMPTION
    No. 35 David Adams, linebacker, sophomore

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

    Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 13 Paul Moala, local safety, incoming freshman

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    Listed Measurements: 6-foot, 200 pounds
    2018-19 year, eligibility: Incoming freshman with four years of eligibility remaining, including the 2018 season.
    Depth chart: Moala joins a crowded depth chart at safety and does so along with two classmates of whom much more is expected. In the near-term, Moala is more likely to work with the scout team defense than he is to spend any time studying junior field safety Alohi Gilman’s footwork.
    Recruiting: Coming from Notre Dame’s neighboring city of Mishawaka, Ind., and Penn High School, Moala earned his scholarship offer in one sub-five-second span at an on-campus camp in June of 2017 with a 4.45-second 40-yard dash. He still had interest from Iowa, Nebraska and Vanderbilt, but Moala’s decision was a quick and simple one once he had the offer following the Irish Invasion workout.

    QUOTE(S)
    Moala is more than just a speedster, packing a good amount of muscle on a compact frame, as well. In that respect, he is not simply a local storyline.

    “Another outstanding young player who can come in and help us right away on special teams,” Irish cornerbacks coach Todd Lyght said on National Signing Day. “With his combination of speed, size and strength, it makes him a very dangerous freshman coming in. He’s really going to push all the safeties in front of him and he’s going to compete early and right away.”

    Lyght’s description of Moala is a bit lengthier and more detailed than what was offered by safeties coach Terry Joseph because Joseph joined the Notre Dame staff after Moala had already signed his National Letter of Intent during December’s early signing period.

    “I’ve just gotten to watch his film here the last few days,” Joseph said. “Again, you see a guy who is athletic, big and has a chance to be a physical ballplayer for us.”

    WHAT WAS SAID WHEN MOALA’S NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT ARRIVED
    “The local product can turn some heads utilizing that speed in some coverage units, perhaps. … Irish coach Brian Kelly has often found ways to make the most of under-the-radar prospects. Not meant as a direct comparison, but rather as a name that pops to mind when making that claim: Former Notre Dame defensive back Matthias Farley became a reliable defender during his time with the Irish and now has an NFL career to speak of. Moala most likely will not reach such heights, but his slim recruiting profile should not rule it out by any means.”

    2018 OUTLOOK
    It would be a shock to see Moala break into the two-deep on the defensive depth chart this season. Four veterans are most likely to fill that much with Moala’s classmates — early-enrolled Houston Griffith and incoming Derrik Allen — nipping at their heels.

    Instead, Moala may become a great test case for learning how Notre Dame handles the new freshman eligibility rules as they pertain to special teams focus. An obvious parallel would be now-senior Nicco Fertitta, also a hard-hitting, compact safety. As a freshman in 2015, Fertitta appeared in 11 games and made one tackle. If not for the change in eligibility options, Moala would seem to be on that path this season. Now, though, it could make sense to trot him out on special teams in only four games.

    There are a multitude of questions about how each school and respective coaching staff will handle this newfound eligibility and no two cases will be exactly alike, but a few Irish freshmen are devoted to special teams every year. Seeing Moala’s usage could set a precedent for these instances at Notre Dame in the future.

    DOWN THE ROAD
    Joining the roster the same year as two four-stars at the same position is a tough challenge to future playing time and one Moala will need to overcome if he wants to ever be a defensive contributor. His difference in style, however, could create a few specific opportunities.

    Excelling on special teams comes across as a cliché, but if doing so showcases Moala’s physicality and ability to fit a gap, then he could see future use against run-focused offenses, as well.

    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. 34 Jahmir Smith, running back, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 33 Shayne Simon, linebacker, incoming freshman
    No. 31 Jack Lamb, linebacker, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 30 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, linebacker, sophomore
    No. 29 Ovie Oghoufo, linebacker, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 28 Nicco Fertitta, safety, senior
    No. 27 Julian Love, cornerback, junior, second-team All-American
    No. 25 Braden Lenzy, receiver, incoming freshman
    No. 24 Tommy Tremble, tight end, incoming freshman
    No. 24 Nick Coleman, defensive back, senior
    No. 23 Drue Tranquill, linebacker, two-time captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 22 Asmar Bilal, rover, senior
    No. 21 Jalen Elliott, safety, junior
    No. 20 Shaun Crawford, nickelback, senior
    No. 20 C’Bo Flemister, running back, incoming freshman
    No. 19 Justin Yoon, placekicker, senior
    No. 19 Justin Ademilola, defensive end, incoming freshman
    No. 18 Joe Wilkins, cornerback, incoming freshman
    No. 17 Isaiah Robertson, safety-turned-rover, sophomore
    No. 16 Noah Boykin, cornerback, incoming freshman
    No. 15 D.J. Morgan, safety-turned-linebacker, junior
    No. 15 Phil Jurkovec, quarterback, consensus four-star incoming freshman
    No. 14 Devin Studstill, safety, junior
    No. 13 Lawrence Keys, receiver, incoming freshman

    MEDICAL EXEMPTION
    No. 35 David Adams, linebacker, sophomore

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

    Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 13 Lawrence Keys, receiver, incoming freshman

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    Listed Measurements: 5-foot-11, 160 pounds
    2018-19 year, eligibility: Incoming freshman with four years of eligibility remaining, including the 2018 season.
    Depth chart: More than the names ahead of him at a particular position, it should be noted what other receivers populate the Irish roster with genuine, game-altering speed. That list is short: sophomore Michael Young, arguably junior Chase Claypool and fellow incoming freshman Braden Lenzy.
    Recruiting: A consensus three-star prospect, Keys chose Notre Dame on National Signing Day rather than Texas and, to a lesser extent, SMU. His offer list also included big-time names such as Georgia, LSU and Michigan.

    QUOTE(S)
    In addition to describing him as “extremely athletic with the ball in [his] hand,” Irish head coach Brian Kelly welcomed the additional skillset Keys brought to the recruiting class.

    “Keys really gives us an explosive playmaker,” Kelly said. “He adds to the depth at that class.”

    WHAT WAS SAID WHEN KEYS’ NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT ARRIVED
    “Keys brings more speed to the Irish receiving corps. His measurements may indicate he is slight of frame, but that would not be wholly accurate. Nonetheless, time spent in a collegiate strength and conditioning program will diminish those concerns and help Keys fit more in line with what Irish offensive coordinator Chip Long typically prefers in receivers.

    “Notre Dame’s current receivers do not boast an excess of top-end speed, especially after the dismissal of current sophomore Kevin Stepherson and the intended transfer of C.J. Sanders. Keys will not arrive as highly-touted for his speed as classmate Braden Lenzy will, but if he can establish himself before the Oregon track star does, then there may be a role for Keys right away.”

    2018 OUTLOOK
    The Irish have a slim top tier of receivers, namely Claypool, Young and senior Miles Boykin. After them, opportunities are up for literal grabs. Of the reserves, only senior Chris Finke brings any collegiate receptions to the table at this point, not factoring in the tight ends. Thus, it was vitally important for Notre Dame to strike big with receivers in the recruiting class of 2018, as it did by signing four.

    Of those four, Keys and Lenzy possess real speed. It seems simplistic to say beating out Lenzy is the key to Keys’ playing time this season, but it is also true. And sorry for the pun, it had to be done somewhere here.

    There are differences to their games, such as Keys being more of a deliberate route runner at this point than the pure burner that Lenzy is. With that in mind, Keys may fit into more roles as the needed backup if he outpaces junior Javon McKinley, as well. While Lenzy’s coverage-breaking speed could be the most-obvious threat right away, crisp route-running and good hands could get Keys into action across the field.

    One way or another, expect Keys to get a chance in a few games this season. How he performs initially (and others’ health) will dictate if Keys plays in more than four games or preserves a season of eligibility.

    DOWN THE ROAD
    The flipside of few Irish receivers having experience is they can all be around for a while yet. All 10 in the position room, including slash-running back sophomore Jafar Armstrong, will have eligibility remaining after 2018, though the following season will be the last of it for Boykin, Claypool and Finke.

    With all that in mind, it may be a bit before any of the quartet in this class get a starting role, but they could quickly be in the rotation given they arrive with as much experience as most of the depth chart has.

    Young will presumably keep Keys’ snaps limited, as they share profiles and likely positional duties, but as Young’s role develops, he may become Notre Dame’s primary receiver, leaving more-specific requirements for his understudy.

    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. 34 Jahmir Smith, running back, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 33 Shayne Simon, linebacker, incoming freshman
    No. 31 Jack Lamb, linebacker, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 30 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, linebacker, sophomore
    No. 29 Ovie Oghoufo, linebacker, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 28 Nicco Fertitta, safety, senior
    No. 27 Julian Love, cornerback, junior, second-team All-American
    No. 25 Braden Lenzy, receiver, incoming freshman
    No. 24 Tommy Tremble, tight end, incoming freshman
    No. 24 Nick Coleman, defensive back, senior
    No. 23 Drue Tranquill, linebacker, two-time captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 22 Asmar Bilal, rover, senior
    No. 21 Jalen Elliott, safety, junior
    No. 20 Shaun Crawford, nickelback, senior
    No. 20 C’Bo Flemister, running back, incoming freshman
    No. 19 Justin Yoon, placekicker, senior
    No. 19 Justin Ademilola, defensive end, incoming freshman
    No. 18 Joe Wilkins, cornerback, incoming freshman
    No. 17 Isaiah Robertson, safety-turned-rover, sophomore
    No. 16 Noah Boykin, cornerback, incoming freshman
    No. 15 D.J. Morgan, safety-turned-linebacker, junior
    No. 15 Phil Jurkovec, quarterback, consensus four-star incoming freshman
    No. 14 Devin Studstill, safety, junior

    MEDICAL EXEMPTION
    No. 35 David Adams, linebacker, sophomore

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

    Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 14 Devin Studstill, safety

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    Listed Measurements: 6-foot-¼, 198 pounds
    2018-19 year, eligibility: Thanks in part to starting as a freshman, Studstill has only two years of eligibility remaining, including the 2018 season.
    Depth chart: After falling to the second-string last year, Studstill remains the backup to junior Jalen Elliott as the boundary safety.
    Recruiting: A consensus three-star prospect, Studstill enrolled early after choosing Notre Dame from a lengthy list of scholarship offers highlighted by Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

    CAREER TO DATE
    The dismissal of senior Max Redfield on the eve of the 2016 season led to Studstill starting in only the second week of his career, the first of his nine starts as a freshman. Last year, classmate Elliott claimed that role, moving Studstill down a peg.

    2016: 12 games, nine starts; 38 tackles with one for loss, one interception and one forced fumble.
    2017: 11 games; 18 tackles.

    QUOTE(S)
    Irish safeties coach Terry Joseph used Studstill as his example of a player needing to recognize his weaknesses in order to best compensate for them. In doing so, Joseph sounds as if he is extensively criticizing Studstill, but he really was simply the example presented. Among Notre Dame’s safeties, many flaws exist.

    “I talk to [Studstill] all the time about good players are honest with themselves and know their limitations,” Joseph said in early April. “You can be a good player with limitations when you understand what your limits are and you don’t put yourself in position to get exposed. The better he can become before the ball is snapped, understanding what’s happening, understanding what are the weaknesses in his game and putting himself in position to not get those weaknesses exposed — the more he does that, the more he can be in the mix.

    “That takes a tremendous amount of discipline, because at the end of the day, we recruit these guys and everybody thinks they’re 4.4 or 4.5, but there is probably only two or three 4.4 or 4.5s in America.”

    WHAT WAS PROJECTED A YEAR AGO
    “Studstill’s freshman season was an encouraging one, which makes Elliott’s surpassing him this spring all the more impressive. The same goes for [now-senior Nick] Coleman, but neither means Studstill will not be needed this fall. In many respects, a safety rotation could prove most productive.

    “[Irish head coach Brian] Kelly alluded to that concept a few times in the spring, specifically acknowledging down-and-distance situational needs. Passing-specific instances may draw [now-junior] Julian Love from cornerback, but they could also lead to Studstill joining Coleman on the field, spelling Elliott.

    “One way or another, Studstill will see plenty of action this season. Exactly when and where will hinge on how the theoretical safety rotation aligns itself next month.”

    2018 OUTLOOK
    While four safeties moved up toward the line of scrimmage this spring — junior D.J. Morgan to linebacker, sophomore Jordan Genmark-Heath to Buck linebacker, sophomore Isaiah Robertson to rover and Coleman possibly splitting time at nickelback — Studstill remained at safety. That speaks to it being his position moving forward, despite the heralded arrivals of two four-star freshmen.

    That also indicates Studstill will be a part of the safety rotation again this year. Being the second or third piece of that is certainly less of a role than starting as a freshman, but it is still a needed contribution. Look for another 15-20 tackles from the junior, with some perhaps coming on special teams but most of them in relief of Elliott while incoming freshman Derrik Allen gets up to speed.

    DOWN THE ROAD
    Allen and, to a lesser extent because he projects as a field safety, early-enrolled freshman Houston Griffith will threaten Studstill’s playing time as a senior. Combine their presence with that of junior Navy transfer Alohi Gilman, and the snaps will become limited. Studstill is already behind Gilman and Elliott and arguably Griffith. If Allen moves ahead of him in the next 12 months, then the snaps for Studstill could be quite sparse.

    His frame is not one that applies at linebacker, and he is not inherently quick enough to dazzle at cornerback. A three-year contributor in the secondary will not be relegated to benchwarmer status without cause, but if Studstill hopes for rampant playing time in the next two seasons, barring injury he may need to look elsewhere.

    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. 34 Jahmir Smith, running back, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 33 Shayne Simon, linebacker, incoming freshman
    No. 31 Jack Lamb, linebacker, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 30 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, linebacker, sophomore
    No. 29 Ovie Oghoufo, linebacker, early-enrolled freshman
    No. 28 Nicco Fertitta, safety, senior
    No. 27 Julian Love, cornerback, junior, second-team All-American
    No. 25 Braden Lenzy, receiver, incoming freshman
    No. 24 Tommy Tremble, tight end, incoming freshman
    No. 24 Nick Coleman, defensive back, senior
    No. 23 Drue Tranquill, linebacker, two-time captain, fifth-year senior
    No. 22 Asmar Bilal, rover, senior
    No. 21 Jalen Elliott, safety, junior
    No. 20 Shaun Crawford, nickelback, senior
    No. 20 C’Bo Flemister, running back, incoming freshman
    No. 19 Justin Yoon, placekicker, senior
    No. 19 Justin Ademilola, defensive end, incoming freshman
    No. 18 Joe Wilkins, cornerback, incoming freshman
    No. 17 Isaiah Robertson, safety-turned-rover, sophomore
    No. 16 Noah Boykin, cornerback, incoming freshman
    No. 15 D.J. Morgan, safety-turned-linebacker, junior
    No. 15 Phil Jurkovec, quarterback, consensus four-star incoming freshman

    MEDICAL EXEMPTION
    No. 35 David Adams, linebacker, sophomore

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