Gold Team – DefenseThe defense will receive tiered points for turnovers and stops, as well as a bonus point for holding the Irish offense to a field goal in today's unique team offense vs. team defense battle.
Defensive Linemen: Irish fans will receive their first look at early enrollee Sheldon Day in today's scrimmage. Day will be joined by fellow 2012 pledge Jarron Jones in the summer.
- #89 5th-year senior Kapron Lewis-Moore
- #92 Senior (redshirt-junior) Tyler Stockton
- #96 Junior Kona Schwenke
- #7 Sophomore Stephon Tuitt
- #9 Junior (redshirt-sophomore) Louis Nix
- #50 Sophomore Chase Hounshell
- #69 Sophomore (redshirt-freshman) Tony Springmann – Out (back surgery)
- #91 Freshman Early Enrollee Sheldon Day
- #67 Junior Kevin Carr (spring walk-on)
- #94 Junior Dominic Romeo (spring walk-on)
- #63 Senior Grant Patton (spring walk-on)
Outside Linebackers: The Spond/Councell matchup is one to watch as Shembo (toe) is unable to compete in his battle for the starting Cat LB role vs. Williams. Incoming freshman Romeo Okwara joins the unit in the summer.
- #55 Junior Prince Shembo – Out (toe surgery)
- #13 Junior Danny Spond
- #1 Sophomore Ishaq Williams
- #30 Sophomore (redshirt-freshman) Ben Councell
- #93 Sophomore Connor Little (walk-on)
Inside Linebackers: Te'o will play sparingly so Irish fans will have an early look at his heir apparent Grace inside.
- #5 Senior Manti Te'o
- #44 Senior (redshirt-junior) Carlo Calabrese
- #48 Senior (redshirt-junior) Dan Fox – Out (sprained knee)
- #8 Junior (redshirt-sophomore) Kendall Moore
- #53 Junior (redshirt-sophomore) Justin Utupo
- #59 Sophomore (redshirt-freshman) Jarrett Grace
- #56 Sophomore (redshirt-freshman) Anthony Rabasa
- #38 Sophomore (preferred 2011 walk-on) Joe Schmidt
Cornerbacks: The position was under a microscope for the duration of spring ball...it won't get any easier next fall.
- #2 Junior Bennett Jackson
- #23 Junior Lo Wood
- #43 Sophomore Josh Atkinson
- #33 Sophomore Cam McDaniel
- #21 Sophomore (redshirt-freshman) Jalen Brown
- #36 Senior Will Salvi (walk-on)
- #35 Junior Joe Romano (walk-on)
Safties: The starters are set (Slaughter and Motta) as is the pair's top backups (Collinsworth and former walkon Salvi). With four joining the fray in the summer, backups McCarthy, Hardy, and Farley must continue to improve to fight off the incoming quartet. Each of the second trio above will likely play a key special teams role this fall.
- #26 5th-year Senior Jamoris Slaughter
- #15 5th-year Senior Dan McCarthy
- #17 Senior Zeke Motta
- #24 Senior Chris Salvi
- #28 Junior Austin Collinsworth
- #41 Sophomore (redshirt-freshman) Matthias Farley
- #4 Sophomore (redshirt-freshman) Eilar Hardy
- #40 Sophomore Connor Cavalaris (walk-on)
- #49 Senior Blake Breslau (walk-on)