Irish Defense

Updated depth chart and notes for Notre Dame's defense heading into its Week Two matchup with Purdue.

(The number in parenthesis represents each player's remaining eligibility entering the 2012 season.)

- 5th-year senior Kapron Lewis-Moore, 6'4" 306 pounds (1)
- Sophomore Chase Hounshell, 6'4" 275 pounds (3)
- Senior Tyler Stockton, 6'0" 285 pounds (2)

Notes: Hounshell played sparingly Saturday, wearing a brace to protect a shoulder that endured off-season surgery.

- Sophomore Stephon Tuitt, 6'6" 303 pounds (3)
- Freshman Sheldon Day, 6'2" 286 pounds (4/5)
- Freshman Jarron Jones, 6'5" 299 pounds (4/5)

Notes: Day, a January enrollee who participated in spring practice, made his collegiate debut Saturday. Tuitt scored his first career touchdown and the first by a Notre Dame defensive lineman since Alton Maiden in 1994 (also vs. Navy). Jones is expected to receive the benefit of a redshirt-season.

- Junior Louis Nix, 6'3" 326 pounds (3)
- Junior Kona Schwenke, 6'4" 290 pounds (2)
- Sophomore Tony Springmann, 6'6" 300 pounds (4)

Notes: Springmann made his collegiate debut vs. the Midshipmen while Schwenke recorded his first career sack in a backup role.

- Junior Prince Shembo, 6'2" 250 pounds, (2)
- Sophomore Ishaq Williams, 6'5" 255 pounds (3)
- Sophomore Anthony Rabasa, 6'3" 240 pounds (4)

Notes: Shembo and Williams both recorded sacks Saturday and both played primarily defensive end in a 4-3 alignment. Rabasa did not appear in the contest and awaits his first collegiate action.

- Sophomore Ben Councell, 6'5" 240 pounds (4)
- Freshman Romeo Okwara, 6'4 239 pounds (4/5)

Notes: Councell backed up safety Matthias Farley on Saturday as the Irish shifted to a 4-down look with two linebackers and Farley occupying the field linebacker role. Okwara made his collegiate debut, starting on special teams and playing late from scrimmage. Junior Danny Spond has yet to be cleared for contact after hospitalization for headaches in August.

- Senior Manti Te'o, 6'2" 255 pounds (1)
- Sophomore Jarrett Grace, 6'3" 240 pounds (4)
- Junior Kendall Moore, 6'1" 242 pounds (3)

Notes: Te'o recorded his first career fumble recovery and first career interception Saturday vs. the Mid's. Grace made his college debut, starting on the kick coverage unit and as a backup to Te'o, recording four tackles.

- Senior Dan Fox, 6'3" 240 pounds (2)
- Senior Carlo Calabrese, 6'1 255 pounds (2)

Notes: Calabrese returns this week from a one-game suspension; Fox finished third on the team in tackles Saturday with six stops. He's started the last 14 games at the position.

- Junior Bennett Jackson, 6'0" 185 pounds (2)
- Sophomore Jalen Brown, 6'1" 199 pounds (4)

Notes: Jackson finished second on the team in tackles in the opener, recording 7 including six solos. Brown made his collegiate debut in relief of freshman Keivarae Russell (below).

- Freshman Keivarae Russell, 5'11" 182 pounds (4/5)
- Sophomore Jalen Brown, 6'1" 199 pounds (4)
- Sophomore Josh Atkinson, 5'11" 185 pounds (3)

Notes: Russell became the first true freshman to start the opener at cornerback in program history. Brown served as his backup though Atkinson is listed as such on the official depth chart. True freshman Elijah Shumate also works at cornerback and debuted as a member of the kick coverage unit, recording a solo stop.

- Senior Zeke Motta, 6'2" 215 pounds (1)
- Freshman Nicky Baratti, 6'1" 206 pounds (4/5)
- 5th-year senior Dan McCarthy, 6'2" 205 pounds (1)
- Sophomore Eilar Hardy, 5'11" 185 pounds (4)

Notes: Baratti made his college debut on special teams and appeared late from scrimmage. McCarthy recorded his first fumble recovery in the fourth quarter Saturday. Hardy has yet to appear in a college contest after tearing his ACL last August. Said Kelly of the safety position:

"It will be a process for all of those safeties in terms of developing them.  We were pleased with Matthias (Farley) and his first collegiate experience, close to the ball, involved in the action every play.  We were really pleased.  He's a young man that's really growing as a football player.  But as you know, we got a number of young, talented players that we need to continue to work.

"Nicky Baratti, (Eilar) Hardy, we had a number of guys that played limited roles in special teams, but important roles.  We'll continue to do that.  So each and every week, you're going to see their names popping up and as they continue to grow and develop, hopefully we get a chance to see them play more and more."

- 5th-year senior Jamoris Slaughter, 6'0" 200 pounds (1)
- Sophomore Matthias Farley, 5'11" 200 pounds (4)
- Senior Chris Salvi, 5'10" 190 pounds

Notes: Farley started at drop linebacker vs. the Midshipmen, recording one solo stop. He or Slaughter appear to be the choice for the crucial Nickel (Star) role entering Week Two. Top Stories