Answer One: Depth at quarterback looks to be solved with the performance of both Golson and Hendrix. While the early enrollee showed signs of being just removed from high school, he was also poised and showed the ability to come back after making a poor decision.
Hendrix did not waste his chance to show the staff what he was capable of with two tough runs for scores and hitting on over 60% of his passes in poor conditions. While the battle for the starter spot looks to feature Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees, make no mistake Brian Kelly will feel comfortable preparing both of his young signal callers if needed.
Question Two: Did the suspension to Michael Floyd help the Irish at the wide receiver position?
Answer Two: The Irish threw the ball 62 times on the day and 11 different targets pulled down passes. While Floyd is a weapon the Irish want when the season starts, it did give guys like John Goodman a chance to show he is capable of making some plays where it matters most.
Nevertheless, the Irish need Floyd back into the fold to give the offense another major weapon and open up other options to the offense.
Question Three: Have the Irish found the right guys to fill key backup spots along the offensive line?
Answer Three: Take out the performance of Aaron Lynch and the Irish offensive front looked solid. One thing I was excited to see was the development of Tate Nichols. Physically, Tate has made major changes since hitting campus. Christian Lombard also looked solid and I was surprised by what I saw out of Brad Carrico who has the makings to grow into a solid guard in the near future.
Question Four: Of the five early enrollees, who has completed the early steps to be talked about as a main contributor?
Answer Four: While many felt Everett Golson could shine early because of his position, it was Aaron Lynch that left fans wanting more. The Florida native looked more like a veteran getting ready for his final season of collegiate play than a 17-year-old pass rushing demon just removed from high school. How good will Lynch be when the Irish report to camp will remain to be seen. However, with the overall athletic ability shown Saturday, Lynch was well worth the battle the Irish coaching staff put in to get him into the fold.
Question Five: Have any players stepped up in the Irish secondary to push for starting spots or key back up roles?
Answer Five: We listed several names in our original article and those who needed to show up did as Bennett Jackson (5 solo tackles) and Austin Collinsworth (4 total tackles) both look like they are adapting to their new positions. If Dan McCarthy can stay healthy and the reinforcements coming from the past recruiting class can show the promise many expect, the Irish look as if they will have enough depth for the upcoming season.