Depth Chart: Irish Offense

Updated depth chart and notes for each position in Notre Dame's matchup today vs. Wake Forest.

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

LEFT TACKLE

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 explained redshirt rules in a 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 appeared from scrimmage vs. Navy and Miami and has cemented a role as part of punter Ben Turk's trio of protectors on the Irish punt team.

LEFT GUARD

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.

CENTER

5th-year senior Braxston Cave 6'3" 304 pounds (1)
5th-year senior Mike Golic, Jr. 6'3" 295 pounds (1)
Junior Bruce Heggie, 6'5" 285 pounds (3)

Notes: Former third-string redshirt-freshman Matt Hegarty is out for the remainder of the regular season with an undisclosed ailment, one not suffered on the practice field according to Brian Kelly. Should Cave go down, Golic would slide over from right guard though that was the case prior to Hegarty's absence as well.

RIGHT GUARD

5th-year senior Mike Golic, Jr. 6'3" 295 pounds (1)
Sophomore Conor Hanratty 6'5" 305 pounds (4)
Junior Bruce Heggie, 6'5" 285 pounds (3)

Notes: As noted previously, Hanratty is likely the first guard off the bench on either side.

RIGHT TACKLE

Junior Christian Lombard, 6'5" 309 pounds (3)
Sophomore Nick Martin 6'4" 290 (4)

Notes: Junior right tackle Tate Nichols made his college debut in the Game Five win over Miami but is now out for the season due to a knee injury. 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 nine starts this season represent the first competitive action of his career after previously appearing from scrimmage only in Irish blowouts in 2011.

TIGHT END

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 appears in three tight end alignments, often in the red zone.

(Z) SLOT RECEIVER

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 primarily as a punt returner.

(X) WIDE RECEIVER

Junior T.J. Jones, 5'11" 190 pounds (2)
Freshman Chris Brown, 6'2" 172 pounds (4/5)

Notes: Jones ranks second on the team with 65 pass targets while tying with Tyler Eifert for the team lead in receptions (34) and touchdowns (3). Brown steps into a true backup role with redshirt-freshman DaVaris Daniels (39 targets, 25 receptions) lost to injury

Said Kelly of Brown this week: "He'll definitely get some more reps and play that position as well.

(W) WIDE RECEIVER

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

Notes: Smith will likely earn more playing time than Goodman as the former has forged a role as a perimeter blocker. Goodman caught a touchdown in relief of injured DaVaris Daniels last week in a win over Boston College. Said Kelly of Goodman and the team's receivers this week:

"He really hasn't been healthy all year. He's battled a number of different ailments. When we ask him to go in there, he's the center of some big plays. Obviously Michigan State and then of course Boston College.

"John has given us everything he has in his senior year. He's been a great teammate. He'll get a chance now to play a little bit more in the absence of Double D (Daniels).

Of course Danny Smith will play a lot more in that respect. Again, we'll probably get T.J. moved around a little bit and the three of them will make up for the loss of DaVaris."

RUNNING BACK

Senior Theo Riddick, 5'11" 200 pounds (1) OR
Senior Cierre Wood, 6'0" 215 pounds (2) OR
Sophomore George Atkinson, 6'1" 210 pounds (3)

Notes: Riddick leads the team in rushing attempts (154) and yards (714); is tied with Everett Golson for total touchdowns scored (5), and is third in pass targets (47) through 10 games.

QUARTERBACK

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: Golson has accounted for a combined 560 rush/pass yards and 6 touchdowns over the last two games with just one turnover, albeit in the end zone, intermixed.

Pass Targets

A look at the offense's pass targets through 10 games.

Tyler Eifert 60 + 6 Pass interference penalties drawn
TJ Jones 65
Theo Riddick 47
DaVaris Daniels 39
Robby Toma 29
Troy Niklas 9 + 1 Pass interference drawn
Daniel Smith 8
Chris Brown 7
Ben Koyack 5
John Goodman 5
George Atkinson 3
Cierre Wood 2
Davonte' Neal 2
Cam McDaniel 2
Justin Ferguson 1
QB Spikes 2
Intentional Throw-away: 4
289 passes


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