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Beyond the Numbers: Irish Offense

A closer look at Notre Dame’s impressive offensive output through seven contests.


For the sake of reference, Will Fuller (119) Corey Robinson (75) and Chris Brown (72) paced the squad in total targets over 13 games last season. C.J. Prosise and Amir Carlisle combined for 95 sharing the slot position.

Will Fuller (56): Good for 32 receptions (at nearly 22 yards per catch) with 8 touchdowns. Fuller’s touchdowns have come from 75, 30, 26, 46, 59, 39, and 66 and 16 yards out, respectively. (Two Drops)

Chris Brown (41): Brown’s been the chief target of Irish quarterbacks twice this season (Ga. Tech and Clemson). Both of his touchdown receptions occurred in goal-to-go situations. Has 27 catches at just over 13.1 per reception. (One drop)

Amir Carlisle (24): Has 16 receptions but with a unit low 10.1 yards per catch. Carlisle wasn’t targeted against Ga Tech but then was sought after by DeShone Kizer a season-high seven times vs. UMass. Hasn’t hit pay dirt through the air but collected a fumble recovery touchdown last week vs. the Trojans. (One drop)

C.J. Prosise (21): Led the team with 7 targets against USC and has been targeted in each contest with the exception of UMass. Among his 11 targets over the last two outings, at least six were on shuffle “hand-offs.” A 56-yard touchdown at Clemson makes up more than ¼ of Prosise’s 219 receiving yards. (One drop)

Torii Hunter, Jr. (15): Nearly half of his season targets occurred at Clemson (7). Death Valley was likewise the location of his only touchdown reception through seven contests. Hunter has 11 catches and a 13.3-yard average. (One drop)

Corey Robinson (14): Eight receptions at 12.2 yards per through six outings (did not play vs. UMass due to injury). Robinson has yet to be targeted more than three times in a contest this season. (Two Drops)

Alize Jones (14): Nine of his 14 targets occurred in two games (Ga. Tech and USC). Jones has nine receptions including a season-best 37-yard gain against UMass plus a 35-yarder Saturday vs. the Trojans. (One drop)

Nic Weishar (6): Wasn’t targeted in the opening two contests or Saturday vs. USC. Weishar has three receptions with none in excess of 8 yards. (One drop, arguably)

-- Durham Smythe (3): Includes a touchdown on a fake FG at Virginia
-- Josh Adams (2): For two receptions, one on a shuffle hand-off
-- Tyler Luatua (2): In search of his first career catch
-- Equanimeous St. Brown (1): Caught it for 8 yards
-- C.J. Sanders (1): Catch for no gain
-- Thrown Away (2)


Our total first downs gained include touchdowns scored and live-ball penalties drawn by an Irish player that resulted in first downs.

Four other first downs to date were the result of dead ball penalties (late hits on Kizer and Prosise, a horse-collar vs. Prosise and Malik Zaire drew Virginia offsides)

C.J. Prosise (51): Prosise has led the team in first downs gained in each contest this season including a remarkable 11 vs. Navy.

Will Fuller (24): Includes a pair of pass interference penalties drawn plus his eight touchdowns. Fuller had just one first down vs. Clemson, topping out at five (Texas).

Chris Brown (18): Consistent throughout, Brown’s season high is four vs. Ga. Tech.

DeShone Kizer (17): Posted a season-high six first downs (for Kizer, each first down is a rushing play) vs. USC on Saturday.

Amir Carlisle (11): Includes a pass interference penalty drawn at Clemson. Season-high five vs. UMass while also posting three vs. Texas. Carlisle didn’t move the chains against USC or Ga. Tech.

Josh Adams (10): Posted a season-best four vs. Navy but did not accrue a first down vs. Georgia Tech or at Clemson. Three of Adams’ 10 resulted in touchdowns.

Torii Hunter, Jr. (9): Includes four at Clemson (one of which was the potential game-tying touchdown) but also three games in which he did not produce a chain-moving play.

Corey Robinson (7): Posted two vs. Texas, a season high.

Malik Zaire (5): Two vs. Texas and three in 3.5 quarters at Virginia.

Dexter Williams (5): Includes three vs. UMass with a touchdown.

Aliz’e Jones (4): Includes a pass interference drawn at Clemson.

-- Both Durham Smythe (TD) and Tarean Folston posted one first down before losing the rest of their seasons to injury while backup quarterback Brandon Wimbush has two (both vs. UMass) including a 58-yard touchdown scamper. Nic Weishar has moved the chains once as well.


The Irish have produced 98 gains between 10 and 29 yards including 25 between 20 and 29 yards through seven contests.

C.J. Prosise (38): Includes six touchdowns and eight gains of 20 or more
Will Fuller (13): Includes touchdowns of 26 and 18 yards
Chris Brown (10): Includes three plays of 20-plus
DeShone Kizer (7): Includes three against USC and two vs. Clemson
Torii Hunter (7): Includes two of 20-plus
Amir Carlisle (6): None of which occurred in the last two contests
Corey Robinson (5): His lone catch in excess of 20 occurred vs. Texas on 3rd-and-15
Malik Zaire (3): Two against Virginia
Josh Adams (4): Includes two touchdowns and a 26-yard run vs. the Trojans
Dexter Williams (2): Includes a 14-yard touchdown
Aliz’e Jones, Brandon Wimbush and Tarean Folston (1 apiece)


Among the nation’s best in this regard, Notre Dame’s offense has produced 21 plays gaining 30 yards or more including 11 of 40-plus.

-- Will Fuller (10): Six of his eight touchdowns have covered 30+ and separately, six receptions in excess of 40 yards
-- C.J. Prosise (4): Three have covered more than 40 yards with each resulting in a touchdown (91 and 57-yard runs; 56 yard reception).
-- Chris Brown (2): Both against Clemson (33 and 38-yard receptions)
-- Aliz’e Jones (2): Catches of 37 yards vs. UMass and 35 vs. USC
-- Josh Adams (70) Brandon Wimbush (58) and Malik Zaire (39), the former pair going for scores.

Getting Stuffed (94)
Not every play is a rousing success. The following indicates rushes (sacks included) or receptions that are dropped for loss or gains of 2 yards or less. Non-competitive and clock killing situations are not included:

C.J. Prosise (41): Out of 126 rushes. (Does not include three in clock-killing situations vs. Navy)
DeShone Kizer (24): One-third occurred at Clemson. It’s 24 out of 203 game relevant rushes/pass drops
Malik Zaire (9): On 59 rushes/pass drops
Josh Adams (9): On 36 touches

-- Chris Brown, Amir Carlisle, Will Fuller, and Torii Hunter with two each
-- Tarean Folston and Dexter Williams once apiece (no garbage time rushes vs. were included for Williams). A 20-yard errant snap accounts for another loss.

Of note: Prosise and Adams have combined for 162 relevant touches – 50 have resulted in stuffs or tackles for loss. Top Stories