Depth Chart: Irish Offense

Updated depth chart and notes for each position in Notre Dame's prime time battle vs. Oklahoma tonight.

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


Senior Zack Martin 6'4" 304 (2)
Sophomore Nick Martin 6'4" 290 (4)
Freshman Ronnie Stanley 6'6" 304 (4/5)

Notes: Stanley hasn't played since Game Four (Michigan). Head coach Brian Kelly recently explained redshirt rules in a unique manner, suggesting any Irish player that doesn't appear from Game Six forward, and who hasn't played in more than three of his team's games previously, could be eligible for a redshirt designation from the NCAA. Stanley would fall under that category.

Redshirt-freshman Nick Martin appears to be set as the team's No. 2 left tackle at present. He's appeared from scrimmage vs. Navy and Miami to date with a role as part of Ben Turk's trio of protectors on the Irish punt team.


Senior Chris Watt 6'3" 310 pounds (2)
Sophomore Conor Hanratty 6'5" 305 pounds (4)

Notes: Hanratty saw extended action in the blowout of Miami and would likely be the first guard off the bench should either Watt or Mike Golic (below) go down.


5th-year senior Braxston Cave 6'3" 304 pounds (1)
5th-year senior Mike Golic, Jr. 6'3" 295 pounds (1)
Sophomore Matt Hegarty 6'5" 296 pounds (4)

Notes: Hegarty is the only varsity center returning for 2013. Golic would replace Cave in an emergent, competitive game situation.


5th-year senior Mike Golic, Jr. 6'3" 295 pounds (1)
Sophomore Conor Hanratty 6'5" 305 pounds (4)
Sophomore Nick Martin 6'4" 290 (4)

Notes: Martin is technically listed as the team's backup right guard, but his work as the No. 2 left tackle in Soldier Field vs. Miami suggests otherwise. Junior Bruce Heggie filled in at RG with Hanratty on the left side as the Irish went to their second unit in the fourth quarter of that contest. Hanratty, as noted previously, would likely be the first guard off the bench on either the left or right side.


Junior Christian Lombard, 6'5" 309 pounds (3)
Junior Tate Nichols, 6'8" 325 pounds (3)

Notes: Nichols made his college debut in the Game Five win over Miami. After redshirting in 2010 as a true freshman, Nichols redshirted last fall due to knee and shoulder injuries. He missed the first four games of 2012 with a patella tendon injury as well. Lombard's seven starts this season represent the first competitive action of his career after previously appearing from scrimmage only in Irish blowouts in 2011.


Senior Tyler Eifert, 6'6" 251 pounds (2)
Sophomore Troy Niklas, 6'7" 260 pounds (3)
Sophomore Ben Koyack, 6'5" 253 pounds (3)

Notes: Niklas is a de facto 12th offensive starter, earning as many snaps as any receiver this season with the exception of T.J. Jones and, of course, Eifert. Koyack's pass protection at the goal line vs. Brigham Young afforded quarterback Tommy Rees time to find Eifert for the game's first touchdown.


Senior Robby Toma, 5'9" 185 pounds (1)
Freshman Davonte' Neal, 5'9" 171 pounds (4/5)

Notes: Toma receives the lion's share of snaps with Neal playing an occasional snap or two in the first half of recent contests. Toma ranks fifth on the squad with 18 pass targets through seven games, securing 12 passes to date. Said head coach Brian Kelly of the Toma/Neal playing time situation this week, "I just think Robby and the consistency that he's given us at that position, we really don't see a need other than spelling him for a blow. (Neal) will get his chance and he'll get his opportunity, and if there was an injury at the position, he would certainly step in there."


Junior T.J. Jones, 5'11" 190 pounds (2)
Sophomore DaVaris Daniels, 6'2" 190 pounds (4)

Notes: True freshman Justin Ferguson has settled into a special teams role (kick return as a first-line blocker) after catching a pass late in the season opener vs. Navy. Jones ranks third on the team with 36 pass targets, securing 21 catches including 18 for first down yardage. Daniels is fourth on the team with 14 receptions while leading the regular rotation players at 16.5 yards per catch.

With John Goodman ailing (below), Daniels could start next to Jones (at the "W" receiver spot) pending the team's opening personnel package.


Junior Daniel Smith, 6'4" 215 pounds (2)
5th-year senior John Goodman, 6'3" 215 pounds (1)
Freshman Chris Brown, 6'2" 172 pounds (4/5)

Notes: Brown started vs. both Michigan and Miami and was targeted downfield on the first drive of both. He's yet to secure (or touch) his first collegiate pass despite three targets. Goodman has not played in two weeks due to a back injury. In his stead, Smith, a South Bend native, has shown quality blocking on the perimeter each week. He's been targeted for just six passes, catching five, all for short gains.


Senior Theo Riddick, 5'11" 200 pounds (1) OR
Senior Cierre Wood, 6'0" 215 pounds (2)
Sophomore Cam McDaniel, 5'10" 195 pounds (3)

Notes: Atkinson reportedly did not make the trip with, according to a report from, "flu-like symptoms." Cam McDaniel ascends to the No. 3 role in his stead; he's accrued 155 yards on 22 scrimmage touches in two games played (Navy/Miami) this season. McDaniel is also likely to take Atkinson's role as the team's lead kick returner.

Riddick leads the team in rushing attempts and yards and is third in pass targets through seven games. His 143-yard effort last week vs. Brigham Young was the best of his career. Riddick's classmate Cierre Wood leads the team in rushing yards over the last five games (393 yards), missing the first two due to suspension.


Sophomore Everett Golson, 6'0" 185 pounds (4)
Junior Tommy Rees, 6'2 215 pounds (2)
Junior Andrew Hendrix, 6'2" 225 pounds (3)

Notes: Rees has appeared in each of the team's last six games this season, starting twice and playing all but two offensive snaps of the team's 17-14 win last week over Brigham Young. Rees threw his first interception of the season last week; a pass that bounced off the hands and face mask of receiver DaVaris

Golson sat out last week's win over Brigham Young due to a concussion sustained late vs. Stanford on October 13. He's completed 43 of 72 passes for 508 yards in three games played outside of South Bend, hitting for two touchdowns, rushing for a third, and throwing just one interception.

Golson's crucial game-tying touchdown pass to Eifert in the fourth quarter vs. Stanford in Game Six was his first TD toss since Game Three in East Lansing. He's accounted for six scores: four passing and two rushing.

Junior Andrew Hendrix took two snaps last week in the win over Brigham Young, converting a 3rd and 4 for first down yardage with a 14-yard rush and completing a short pass. It was his first action since mop-up duty in the season opener vs. Navy. Top Stories