Chase Claypool

Counting Down the Irish: Notre Dame’s Top Five


In nine years of this exercise, Notre Dame’s starting quarterback has never finished atop the poll. There has been good reason for that. In four of the nine Brian Kelly years, the Irish have relied on first-time starters. When not a new starter, quarterback uncertainty has clouded the picture (2011, Dayne Crist vs. Tommy Rees; [more]

Things To Learn: Notre Dame’s preseason and its pool of possible captains


If the hamsters running the internet do their jobs as expected, this will publish six hours before Brian Kelly kicks off Notre Dame’s preseason. While every weight change, nomenclature shift and piece of summer praise will be thoroughly dissected, it is key to remember it is just a press conference. Even Sunday’s first practice is [more]

Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 10 Chris Finke, fifth-year receiver, second-year starter


Listed Measurements: 5-foot-9 ½, 182 pounds. 2019-20 year, eligibility: A fifth-year, Finke has only one season of eligibility remaining. Depth chart: After starting seven games last year, Finke will start again at slot receiver. That will not necessarily equate to 13 starts, given how often Notre Dame likes to trot out two tight ends rather [more]

Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 11 Alohi Gilman, senior safety


Listed Measurements: 5-foot-10 ½, 201 pounds. 2019-20 year, eligibility: A senior, Gilman has two seasons of eligibility remaining, including 2019. Depth chart: Though he missed most of spring practices out of precautionary concerns (abductor strain), Gilman remains an unquestioned starter alongside senior Jalen Elliott. Recruiting: A low-profile recruit from Hawai’i, Gilman headed to Navy when [more]

Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 13 Paul Moala, sophomore safety-turned-linebacker


Listed Measurements: 5-foot-11 ½, 210 pounds. 2019-20 year, eligibility: A sophomore, Moala has three seasons of eligibility remaining, including 2019. Depth chart: After a springtime move forward from safety, Moala remains neck-and-neck with junior Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah for the leading role at Rover. Both seem likely to play in a two-man rotation. Recruiting: Moala did not [more]