Irish Wideouts Barely Scratching the Surface

Our review of Notre Dame's position groups continues with a look at the team's explosive, youth-filled receiving corps.

Wide Receivers

A quick illustration of this group's collective growth: the unit was highlighted prior to Game 2 (Michigan) as one that might struggle on the prime time stage. By Game 7 (FSU), we projected the WRs to be the difference-makers against the Seminoles and their top-ranked cornerback trio.

Top player to date: Will Fuller -- More productive, consistent, and reliable than projected No. 1 wide receiver, DaVaris Daniels was at any point in the latter's career. Fuller is as good through seven as was senior T.J. Jones last fall, the team's 2013 MVP.

On the Rise: Corey Robinson -- Evolved into quarterback Everett Golson's go-to receiver in fourth quarter battles with Stanford, North Carolina, and Florida State. Like Fuller, Robinson's best days await.

Sleeper for the final five: C.J. Prosise -- Continues to shine as Notre Dame's top cover man on punt and kickoff returns and with fellow slot receiver Amir Carlisle recovering from a mid-September knee sprain, it's clear the staff counts on Prosise, a former safety, as their No. 1 option in the slot during crunch time. There's not an area of his game that doesn't need work -- there's likewise no area in which he won't improve by season's end.

Best game as a unit: Florida State -- 29 receptions, nearly 300 yards, and three (or was it four?) scores from the quintet of receivers that took part in the contest.

Most Difficult Outing: Stanford -- A combined five drops (Fuller, Robinson, Brown 2, Carlisle) and tough sledding in the rain and cold vs. a quality pass defense.

Toughest Upcoming Test: Louisville -- The Cardinals boast the nation's No. 2 ranked pass efficiency defense (and finished fourth in that category last season as well). They're a seasoned, disciplined unit, but Notre Dame represents a huge challenge.

Crucial area for Improvement: Eliminating the consistent case of the dropsies that have plagued the young unit this fall.

Quote from the Coordinator: "There's a great example of a guy, maybe his own making, got himself into an adverse situation in the first (game). You talk about focus and perseverance and the ability to overcome that situation that he put himself in and become an integral part of special teams and our offensive football team. He just does a great job. He's very, very valuable to us in many ways."
-- Mike Denbrock on C.J. Prosise's improvement since first-game dropped touchdown


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