ND A to Z: Andrew Trumbetti

Trumbetti saw early action as a freshman to provide a pass rush. He made 5½ tackles for loss and a sack. His participation in ’15 was limited, but increased down the stretch.

Andrew Trumbetti came to Notre Dame via Northern Valley Regional in Demarest, N.J. as the No. 166 overall prospect on Scout’s list.

A three-year member of the varsity, Trumbetti recorded 112 tackles and 10½ sacks while also doubling as a wide receiver/running back. He rushed for 454 yards and three touchdowns as a senior while accumulating 53 receptions for 834 yards and nine TDs over a three-year period.

After participating in the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Trumbetti made an immediate impact upon his arrival at Notre Dame by placing his name on the depth chart as a true freshman.

Trumbetti played in 12 games, starting one (the Music City Bowl vs. LSU), in 2014. He finished his rookie campaign with 21 tackles, 5½ tackles for loss and a sack (vs. Stanford).

Forced to move to big end as a sophomore, Trumbetti’s playing time did not increase commensurate to his second year in the program, although he did play in 12 games and started three. He completed his sophomore campaign with 16 tackles, 2½ tackles for loss and a sack (vs. Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl).

As the spring of ’16 came to a close, Jay Hayes was listed as the No. 1 rush end ahead of Trumbetti, followed by true freshman Daelin Hayes, who, when healthy, also is a threat to take away snaps from Trumbetti.

Trumbetti’s experience and pass-rushing prowess push him to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. It would appear the Irish are in a position to rotate bodies at the rush end spot, so he likely won’t take all the reps. But if he can find his groove as a pass rusher, he will get third-down snaps. If he can hold up against the run, he’ll get first- and second-down snaps.

Trumbetti loses his battle for the top of the depth chart and either shares time with Jay and Daelin Hayes or falls out of the rotation. The key will be the pass rush, plus his ability to defend the run, which has been a shortcoming in his game up to this point.

Chris Frome’s career at Notre Dame got off to a slow start. He preserved a year at defensive end as a freshman in 2002 and played sparingly in 2003. He remained a backup in 2004, playing in just seven games.

He emerged at a starter at defensive end in 2005, taking the first snap in six games before suffering a season-ending injury.

Frome, at 6-foot-5, 268 pounds, started at end and played in all 13 games during his final season as a fifth-year senior, finishing with 31 tackles and half a sack in ’06.

Most would expect a four-star prospect and the No. 20-rated defensive end to be playing a more prominent role in his second year of eligibility than Trumbetti did. The switch to big end ruined his sophomore season. But Trumbetti has a chance to catch up quickly in ’16 if he can win the starting role at rush end.

As the 2015 season progressed, Trumbetti saw his playing time and productivity increase with 10 of his 16 tackles coming over the final four games of the campaign. After starting against Wake Forest and Boston College in regular-season games Nos. 10 and 11, Trumbetti was tabbed to start the Ohio State game when end Isaac Rochell was bumped inside.

Trumbetti saved his best for last as he tied his career-high for tackles in a game with four, two of which were for a loss, including his second career sack.

The top play of Trumbetti’s sophomore campaign was a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown against Wake Forest in Notre Dame’s 28-7 victory.

“(Trumbetti is) at a comfort level now that he can play with confidence. I’ve seen his pass rush improve. He’s starting to understand the quarterback drops and the depth of the quarterback and how to level rush. That’s going to really help him in his production.”
-- DL coach Keith Gilmore this spring

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