Grant Blankenship would have made an impression just by showing up.
Part of Notre Dame’s dwindling group of young defensive ends, Blankenship can’t help but play an important role this season as the program’s exodus of pass rushers continued on Wednesday with Kolin Hill, who following Jhonny Williams, who followed Bo Wallace.
For Blankenship, those defection mean Notre Dame can’t afford not to play him. However, it also appears the Texas product spent the off-season working himself into a spot where he can be more than a default option.
Among the 26 different players who put on weight – or at least had their listed weights bumped up – from spring practice, Blankenship led all players with a 21-pound jump to 273 pounds. Seven other players made double-digit gains, although that group included Hill, who added 15 pounds to get to 245.
The other big gainers were Justin Brent (+15 pounds to 220), Tristen Hoge (+19 pounds to 300), Romeo Okwara (+10 pounds to 270), James Onwualu (+12 pounds to 232), Doug Randolph (+15 pounds to 255) and Elijah Shumate (+11 pounds to 224).
Max Redfield added seven pounds to get to 205.
Players who gained five pounds or less: Nicky Baratti (210), Alex Bars (320), Devin Butler (200), Amir Carlisle (195), Micah Dew-Treadway (300), Matthias Farley (210), Will Fuller (184), Torii Hunter Jr. (195), Tyler Luatua (255), Cole Luke (193), Greer Martini (245), John Montelus (320), Nyles Morgan (240), Jaylon Smith (240), Jerry Tillery (305), Andrew Trumbetti (260) and John Turner (220).
Notre Dame’s updated roster also included the freshman class in full.
Here are the jersey numbers, heights and weights for the incoming class.
|86||E. St. Brown||6-4||205|