Irish Starters and Key Reserves

Look for the Irish to play more base defense this Saturday vs. the Spartans.

Michigan State, through two contests, has favored both its traditional Power-I formation as well a heavy dose of three wide receiver sets. For the first Saturday this season, Irish fans might see a near 50/50 split between the team's "base" 4-3 defense and its Nickel Package - a personnel group that received the bulk of the defensive snaps vs. Nevada's "Pistol" and Michigan's spread-option offense.

Notre Dame Offensive Depth Chart

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

Tight End – Sophomore #9 Kyle Rudolph

(Z) Wide Receiver – Sophomore #3 Michael Floyd

(X) Wide Receiver – Junior #23 Golden Tate

Fullback – Junior #33 Robert Hughes

Halfback – Junior #5 Armando Allen

Quarterback – Junior #7 Jimmy Clausen

Key Offensive Reserves

Tight End – Junior #83 Mike Ragone

Tight End/Fullback – Senior #86 Bobby Burger

Halfback – Sophomore #25 Jonas Gray

Slot Receiver/X Receiver – Junior #18 Duval Kamara

Slot Receiver/Z Receiver – Senior #82 Robby Parris

Z Receiver/Slot Receiver – Freshman #11 Shaquelle Evans

Halfback – Freshman #32 Theo Riddick

Left Guard/Center – Senior #51 Dan Wenger

Left Tackle – Junior #77 Matt Romine

Possible Offensive Contributors

Guard – Junior #76 Andrew Nuss

Wide Receiver – Sophomore #1 Deion Walker

Wide Receiver – Sophomore #84 John Goodman

Fullback – #34 Senior James Aldridge: Note – Aldridge is listed as "Doubtful" by head coach Charlie Weis due to a shoulder injury suffered on September 5.

Irish Defensive Depth Chart

Defensive End – Sophomore #89 Kapron Lewis-Moore

Defensive End – Senior #90 John Ryan

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 – Sophomore #45 Darius Fleming

Cornerback – Sophomore #12 Robert Blanton

Cornerback – Senior #2 Darrin Walls

Free Safety – Junior #22 Harrison Smith

Strong Safety – 5th-Year Senior #28 Kyle McCarthy

Key Defensive Contributors

CB/Nickel Defender – Senior #8 Raeshon McNeil

Nickel Defender – Senior #31 Sergio Brown

Defensive End – Junior #56 Kerry Neal

Linebacker – Freshman #5 Manti Te'o

Possible Defensive Contributors

Nose Tackle – Sophomore #98 Sean Cwynar

Cornerback – Junior #4 Gary Gray

Cornerback – Sophomore #26 Jamoris Slaughter

Defensive Tackle – Sophomore #79 Hafis Williams

SAM Linebacker – 5th-Year Senior #41 Scott Smith

Defensive End – Senior #53 Mo Richardson

Irish Special Teams

Kicker – Freshman #40 Nick Tausch

Punter – Senior #43 Eric Maust

Kick Returner – Freshman #32 Theo Riddick and Senior #21 Barry Gallup

Punt Returner – Junior #23 Golden Tate

Long-Snapper – Freshman #60 Jordan Cowart

Short-Snapper – Sophomore #52 Braxston Cave

Holder – Senior #43 Eric Maust


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