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Irish A-to-Z: Jimmy Byrne

Following a strong senior season with St. Ignatius in Cleveland, Byrne signed with Notre Dame as a four-star prospect and the nation’s 211th-ranked player.

Class: Senior (Eligibility: 2)
On The Depth Chart: Byrne bounced between tackle and guard during his first three years in the program. He currently is listed as the No. 3 right tackle behind Tommy Kraemer and Liam Eichenberg.
Post-Spring Status: Unchanged

Jimmy Byrne, out of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, arrived at Notre Dame in the summer of 2014 following a senior season in which he co-captained the Wildcats to an 11-2 record and a trip to the 2013 Ohio state regional semi-finals.

Byrne, a four-star prospect and the 211th-rated player in the country by Scout, arrived at Notre Dame as part of a four-man offensive line class that featured fellow four-stars Quenton Nelson, Alex Bars, and Sam Mustipher.

After preserving a year of eligibility with his freshman linemates, Byrne remained inactive on game days in ’15 while Nelson moved into the starting lineup and Bars started two games.

Mustipher joined Nelson and Bars in the starting lineup in 2016 while Byrne failed to make a dent on the Irish depth chart. He did not make a move this spring.

BYRNE AT HIS BEST

Byrne has yet to see action in three seasons (2014-16) on the Fighting Irish roster.

QUOTABLE

“Kraemer, Eichenberg, Bivin…all those guys will get an opportunity to get some work. There are a number of candidates. Tristen Hoge is going to be there. Jimmy Byrne looks really good. He’s probably had his best off-season. All those guys are going to get an opportunity to compete.”         -- Brian Kelly, pre-spring 2017

BEST CASE SCENARIO

There does not appear to be a realistic scenario in which Byrne gets on the field with the offense in a consistent capacity. Having failed to earn playing time the last three seasons, perhaps Byrne can find a role on Notre Dame’s field goal and extra point attempts.

WORST CASE SCENARIO

More of the same from 2014-16. Byrne will continue to work on Notre Dame’s prep teams.

CAREER COMPARISON

Rarely does a scholarship player at Notre Dame fail to see a single snap of playing time during his first three years with the Irish unless there’s an injury. Add the fact that Byrne was a four-star prospect coming out of high school and the number narrows even further.

An extremely close comparison could be made with former teammate John Montelus, who just completed his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame and will use his fifth year of eligibility at Virginia. Montelus, a four-star and the No. 51 overall prospect in 2013, saw brief action in six games from 2014-16.

The best comparison is James Bonelli, who was an unranked (outside top 300) four-star out of California in 2002 who played in a limited role in two seasons/six games with the Irish.


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