Game Day Depth Chart: Offense

A review of Notre Dame's starters and key reserves for today's matchup vs. the Spartans.

Irish Offense

5th-year senior Left Tackle #70 Zack Martin: Three-time Guardian of the Year winner (Top offensive lineman) will make his 43rd consecutive start today in 43 opportunities since sitting out his 2009 freshman year.

5th-year senior Left Guard #65 Chris Watt: Today marks his 30th straight start, the last three of which have included time on the sidelines due to his helmet popping off or a minor injury.

Junior Center #72 Nick Martin: Has incurred just one illegal snap (technically a false start on Christian Lombard) in three games and 204 snaps at center.

Senior Right Guard #74 Christian Lombard: Makes his 17th consecutive start Saturday; allowed a sack in the opener and was part of another last Saturday at Purdue.

Sophomore Right Tackle #78 Ronnie Stanley: Will make his fourth career start Saturday. Stanley allowed a sack at Michigan and had a hand in a mis-communication for another Saturday night in West Lafayette.

Junior Tight End #85 Troy Niklas: Has the same number of receptions (8), more touchdowns (2/0) and more receiving yards (151/120) than did Mackey Award winner Tyler Eifert through three games last season.

Senior Wide Receiver #7 T.J. Jones: Scored on a 26-yard go route vs. Michigan State in the Spartans last trip to South Bend, a 31-13 Irish victory.

Junior Wide Receiver #10 DaVaris Daniels: Has 23 receptions for 414 yards and four scores over his last four contests dating back to the BCS Championship game. Missed last year's game vs. the Spartans due to a sprained ankle.

Sophomore Wide Receiver #2 Chris Brown: Caught three short passes in both of Notre Dame's first two games then caught his longest of 2013 last week, a 40-yard sideline grab in West Lafayette.

Junior Running Back #4 George Atkinson: Has not carried more than five times vs. a Big 10 foe in five chances as a regular member of the rotation (eight games overall). Hit for a 32-yard mis-direction run last September in East Lansing.

Senior Quarterback #11 Tommy Rees: Irish improved last week to 2-4 in his career when passing for more than 300 yards. Threw a touchdown, interception, and suffered a fumble en route to 161-yard passing day in 31-13 win over Michigan State in his only start vs. the Spartans, 2011.

Additional Players to Watch

Junior Running Back #3 Amir Carlisle: Leads the Irish with 30 carries and 154 rushing yards as well as seven receptions out of the backfield but has yet to notch his first Irish touchdown.

Junior Running Back #33 Cam McDaniel: Has endured sporadic playing time, carrying 12 times for 68 yards in the opener, just once vs. Michigan in Game Two, and 16 times for 56 yards last Saturday in West Lafayette, scoring a touchdown in the latter.

Junior Tight End #18 Ben Koyack: Former #1 ranked TE prospect has not been targeted for a pass attempt this season. Late-game run blocking improved after a sideline chat with head coach Brian Kelly following a lost block that resulted in a tackle-for-loss on the game's final drive.

Senior Wide Receiver #87 Daniel Smith: Has not yet been targeted for a pass. When the powerful Smith is in, a running play often follows.

Freshman Wide Receiver #88 Corey Robinson: Notched first career reception, a 12-yard hitch, at Michigan then drew an end zone pass interference penalty last week vs. Purdue.

Sophomore Slot Receiver #20 C.J. Prosise: Has recorded catches in back-to-back weeks: 20 yards at Michigan and 12 at Purdue.

Freshman Wide Receiver #17 James Onwualu: Often enters with Daniel Smith as part of Notre Dame's heavy run package.

Sophomore Slot/RB #32 Will Mahone: Made his collegiate debut on kick coverage last week in West Lafayette. Missed a chunk of fall camp with a high ankle sprain after redshirting last season.

Senior Tight End #82 Alex Welch: Only scrimmage snaps this season are as one of Tommy Rees' protectors in the "Victory" formation.

Freshman Running Back #1 Greg Bryant: Has carried three carries for 14 yards through three games.

Freshman Running Back #25 Tarean Folston: Earned a first half snap but did not carry the football in last week's win vs. Purdue.

Freshman Right Tackle #79 Steven Elmer: Has played two snaps in relief of left guard Chris Watt who was forced to sit vs. both Michigan and Purdue after his helmet was knocked off on the previous play.

Junior Right Guard #65 Conor Hanratty: Has not appeared from scrimmage yet this season.

Junior Center #77 Matt Hegarty: Has not appeared from scrimmage yet this season though he is on the punt coverage unit as one of Kyle Brindza's trio of protectors. Top Stories