Irish Personnel

IrishEyes kicks off its Friday coverage with a run-down of tomorrow's starters and key contributors for the Irish.

A comprehensive list of Notre Dame starters and expected contributors for Saturday's season-opener.

Notre Dame Starting Offense

(X) Wide Receiver: – Junior (#23) Golden Tate

(Z) Wide Receiver: – Sophomore (#3) Michael Floyd

Halfback: – Junior (#5) Armando Allen

Fullback: – Senior (#34) James Aldridge

Quarterback: – Junior (#7) Jimmy Clausen

Tight End: – Sophomore (#9) Kyle Rudolph

Left Tackle: – 5th-year Senior (#72) Paul Duncan

Left Guard: – Senior (#59) Chris Stewart

Center: – Senior (#55) Eric Olsen

Right Guard: – Sophomore (#78) Trevor Robinson

Right Tackle: – Senior (#74) Sam Young

Key Probable Non-Starters: Offense

(X) Wide Receiver: – Junior (#18) Duval Kamara

(X) Wide Receiver: – Freshman (#11) Shaquelle Evans

(Z) Wide Receiver: – Senior (#82) Robby Parris

(Z) Wide Receiver: – Sophomore (#84) John Goodman

Halfback: – Sophomore (#25) Jonas Gray

Halfback: – Freshman (#20) Cierre Wood

Halfback: – Freshman (#32) Theo Riddick

Quarterback: – Sophomore (#10) Dayne Crist

Tight End: – Junior (#83) Mike Ragone

Left Tackle: – Junior (#77) Matt Romine

Center/Guard: – Senior (#51) Dan Wenger

Notre Dame Starting Defense

Defensive End: – Sophomore (#89) Kapron Lewis-Moore

Defensive End: – Junior (#56) Kerry Neal

Defensive Tackle: – Sophomore (#9) Ethan Johnson

Nose Tackle: – Junior (#95) Ian Williams

WILL Linebacker: – Junior (#58) Brian Smith

MIKE Linebacker: – Senior (#49) Toryan Smith

SAM Linebacker: – Senior (#45) Darius Fleming

Cornerback: – Sophomore (#12) Robert Blanton

Cornerback: – Senior (#8) Raeshon McNeil

Strong Safety: – 5th Year Senior (#28) Kyle McCarthy

Free Safety: – Junior (#22) Harrison Smith

Key Probable Non-Starters: Defense

Defensive End: – Senior (#53) Morrice Richardson

Defensive End: – Senior (#90) John Ryan

Weakside Linebacker: – Freshman (#5) Manti Te'o

Strongside Linebacker: – 5th-year Senior (#41) Scott Smith

Cornerback: – Senior (#2) Darrin Walls

Cornerback: – Sophomore (#26) Jamoris Slaughter

Cornerback: – Junior (#4) Gary Gray

Strong Safety: – Senior (#31) Sergio Brown

Note: The "Key Probable Non-Starters" were furnished courtesy of Notre Dame Sports Information. I believe the following players will also see significant playing time from scrimmage:

Sophomore SLB (#46) Steve Filer (as a Nickel-package pass rusher); sophomore defensive tackle (#79) Hafis Williams; junior halfback (#33) Robert Hughes in the game's second stanza (Hughes is suspended for the first half due to an altercation in last November's USC contest); sophomore nose tackle (#98) Sean Cwynar; senior FB/TE (#86) Bobby Burger.

Irish Special Teams

Punter: – Senior (#43) Eric Maust

Long-Snapper: – Freshman (#60) Jordan Cowart

Place-Kicker: – Freshman (#40) Nick Tausch

Kick-off Specialist: – Freshman (#40) Nick Tausch

Holder: – Senior (#43) Eric Maust

Short-Snapper: – Sophomore (#52) Braxston Cave

Punt Return: – Junior (#23) Golden Tate and Senior (#5) Armando Allen

Kick Return: – Senior (#34) James Aldridge and Freshman (#32) Theo Riddick

Known Coverage/Return Units Contributors:

Probable Coverage/Return Units Contributors:

  • Senior (#8) Raeshon McNeil
  • Senior (#21) Barry Gallup
  • Senior (#86 Bobby Burger
  • Junior (#83) Mike Ragone
  • Sophomore (#26) Jamoris Slaughter
  • Sophomore (#15) Danny McCarthy
  • Freshman (#11) Shaquelle Evans

Notes: Senior Darrin Walls (#2) fought through a hamstring injury during fall camp and will likely join the coverage units at some point this season if not Saturday vs. the Wolf Pack. Sophomore (#45) Darius Fleming was a key special teams contributor last season but it remains to be seen if his new extended role on the Irish defense will preclude him from regular ST appearances in '09.

Challenging for Playing Time

Junior guard (#76) Andrew Nuss; sophomore wide receiver (#1) Deion Walker; sophomore nose tackle (#99) Brandon Newman.


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