Roster Rundown: Underclassmen

Notre Dame kicked off 2013 with 81 scholarship players. We break down the status of each.

Notre Dame began 2013 with 81 Scholarship Players. By the end of August camp, that number was down to 76 as starting linebacker Danny Spond was forced to retire, junior defensive linemen Chase Hounshell and Tony Springmann were lost to injury (Hounshell in the spring), as was sophomore starting competitor Nicky Baratti (shoulder).

True freshman linebacker Doug Randolph also needed season-ending shoulder surgery, forcing a medical redshirt.

Three have since been lost due to injury in starting Mike linebacker Jarrett Grace (broken leg), rotation wide receiver Daniel Smith (broken ankle), and backup freshman running back, Greg Bryant (knee surgery).

Head coach Brian Kelly thus has 72 scholarship players available entering the program's Week Seven bye. Another, freshman WR Torii Hunter, is not likely cleared for contact for 2013, dropping the number to 71.

Below is a look at the original 81, with up-to-date information for each.

(Click here for Part I.)

Sophomores on Pace

The following seven sophomores played last season but have various eligibility options due to circumstances in 2013.

DE Sheldon Day: His nonsensical appearance for one play on the punt blocking team Saturday night precludes the possibility of a medical redshirt season this fall should he re-injure his ankle prior to the USC game. Eligibility will be exhausted in 2015. Day started vs. Temple, Michigan, and Purdue before suffering a high-ankle sprain late vs. the Boilermakers.

CB Keivarae Russell: Has started 19 straight games since converting from running back prior to August camp 2012.

S Elijah Shumate: Has started four of the last six and accumulated 27 tackles in those four starts. Of note, Shumate did not record a tackle vs. Temple or Purdue, the two games he didn't start but played in this season.

WR Chris Brown: Has started three of six games this season, catching 7 passes (on nine targets) for 125 yards including a 40-yarder at Purdue -- with no receptions despite eight targets since.

OLB Romeo Okwara: Has taken over Sheldon Day's spot as the "nose guard" in the team's 3-down dime package, one that features three pass rushers (Okwara in the middle flanked by a combination of Prince Shembo, Ishaq Williams, and Stephon Tuitt), with one linebacker and six defensive backs.

RT Ronnie Stanley: Eligible for a medical redshirt after missing the final eight games of 2012 due to elbow surgery. Has started each of the team's six games this season.

S Nicky Baratti: Eligible for a medical redshirt due to an August shoulder injury and subsequent surgery that shelved him for 2013. Played in all 13 games as a true freshman last fall.

Redshirt Freshmen: Four-Year Clock Begins

Each was withheld from action last fall and thus eligible through the 2016 season:

WR/Slot C.J. Prosise Targeted for five balls to date, catching four for 34 yards.

LS Scott Daly: Has executed every short and long-snap this season.

DE Jarron Jones: Has played five of six games (save for Michigan) and has one QB hurry and a blocked field goal to his credit.

RB Will Mahone: Missed the opening two weeks due to an ankle injury suffered in camp but played vs. Purdue and Michigan State as a member of the kickoff coverage unit. Did not appear vs. Oklahoma or Arizona State though he was on Saturday's travel roster.

S John Turner: A six-game starter on the Irish kickoff and punt coverage units.

G/C Mark Harrell Has not yet made his collegiate debut after moving from high school TE/OT to the offensive interior in 2012.

Freshmen in the Books

The following 10 freshmen have played enough this fall to burn a season of eligibility, regardless of future injuries:

LB Jaylon Smith: Has started six games, starring vs. Arizona State and playing as well as any front seven member in the debacle at Michigan. Easily the most improved player from Game One through Game Six -- as expected. Has 27 tackles including 2.5 for lost yardage and recorded a sack last week, though it was credited to the "team."

WR James Onwualu: A key member of the kickoff and punt coverage units and blocker on the return teams, Onwualu sees regular rotation a time as a blocking receiver, one not yet targeted for a pass in 2013. His playing time should increase a bit with the loss of senior wide receiver Daniel Smith, the team's best run-blocking wideout.

WR Corey Robinson: Has caught four passes, all for first downs, and drawn three pass interference penalties for three more first downs while appearing in all six games with two starts.

CB Cole Luke: Has played in each of the six games, serving as the nickel back in four and in the dime package as well. Also earned significant rotation time as the backup boundary cornerback Saturday night.

WR Will Fuller: Started both of the last two contests and has two receptions on the season including a 37-yarder vs. Michigan State.

S Max Redfield: A starter on each of Notre Dame's four "run units," kickoff and punt coverage and kickoff and punt return. Has yet to appear from scrimmage.

RB Tarean Folston: Has played in five of six games (though I must have missed his appearance vs. the Sun Devils). Made the most of limited opportunity with 69 yards on 11 rushes including a 36-yarder vs. Oklahoma.

CB Devin Butler: Has appeared in five of six games and has moved into a backup field cornerback role behind sophomore KeiVarae Russell. A regular on kickoff and punt coverage as well.

G/T Steven Elmer: Has played in four of the last five games, most often in emergent relief but was part of a right guard rotation spelling Christian Lombard in Cowboys Stadium, Saturday.

DE Isaac Rochell: Played in each of the six games this season, opening with three tackles vs. Temple.

Freshmen on Ice

With the exception of Bryant, each of the 13 listed has yet to appear and is unlikely to do so barring injury to a player at their position. Each is listed in order of likely appearance for 2013.

RB Greg Bryant: Expected to undergo knee surgery that would not technically shelve him for the season (instead four weeks) but is still eligible for a medical redshirt and it appears that will be the staff's plan. Bryant played vs. Temple, Purdue, and Michigan State.

LB Michael Deeb: Would likely be activated (though still potentially withheld from game action) if either Carlo Calabrese or Dan Fox is lost to injury.

QB Malik Zaire: Should Tommy Rees or Andrew Hendrix suffer an injury, Zaire would likely receive game snaps, either out of necessity (if Rees goes down) or preparation (should it be Hendrix).

CB Rashad Kinlaw: Serves as the scout team quarterback. Could technically help on the Irish coverage units, though that's highly unlikely. Not a regular member of the travel roster.

G Hunter Bivin: At least three injuries would have to occur to burn Bivin's redshirt season inside (Chris Watt, Christian Lombard, and either to Connor Hanratty or Mark Harrell). Had previously traveled with the team though did not last week.

TE Mike Heuerman: Offense would have to lose Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack for Heuerman to be pressed into action behind Alex Welch. Not a regular member of the travel roster.

TE Durham Smythe: Same situation as Heuerman. Smythe traveled to Texas over Heuerman, though that was likely a nod to his Lone Star residency.

OT Mike McGlinchey: Will redshirt unless both starting tackles and right guard Christian Lombard were lost to injury.

DE Jacob Matuska: Will sit out the season as he transitions from high school tight end to collegiate defensive lineman.

OG Colin McGovern: Will not play this season as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery, though it is believed McGovern is a participating scout team player.

WR Torii Hunter, Jr.: Broke his femur in January. Participates in practice but it's unclear whether he's been cleared for contact. Will not play this season.

OG John Montelus: Has not yet dressed for a game. Suffered a shoulder injury during the off-season that precluded lifting weight and it appears he has not practiced in pads with the team.

LB Doug Randolph: Out for the season following August shoulder surgery Top Stories