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May be Benjamin Morrison And Jayden Mickey will be anomalies, but if they set a precedent, then Notre Dame may have snagged another unexpected but promising quarterback with a Saturday afternoon commitment three star consensus Leonard Moore (Round Rock High School; Texas).

Moore also offers scholarships from Oregon, TCU, and Vanderbilt, just to name a few. In total, he has offers from six schools in the Pac-12, three in the Big 12, two in the SEC, and one in the ACC, an intriguing wide array from someone who hasn’t ignited the recruiting rating yet.

At 6ft 2ft, Moore should be of sufficient length to be physically a cornerback, perhaps more like Notre Dame’s current Year 5 cornerback. Cam Hart than rising sophomore Morrison.

Moore’s highlights naturally begin with a few interceptions and a punt return. The parting with the passes isn’t necessarily the most exciting part of the movie. But then he drops the block to induce a fumble and soon defends with ease from an over-the-shoulder throw. Moore is clearly a playmaker, especially since the level of Texas football is not to be laughed at. In 2022, as a junior, he intercepted three passes, forced two fumbles and interrupted four passes.

He readily anticipates routes and, when necessary, directs his man in accordance with the design of the defense.

Moore also runs the track with decent 200m times in a low 23-second range.

Committed eighth in the class of 2024, Moore is the second quarterback to join three-star quarterback Carson Hobbs (Archbishop Meller; Cincinnati). While the team’s recruitment ratings are clearly premature, more than 10 months before anyone can officially sign, thoroughness requires mention that the Notre Dame class is currently ranked 2nd in the nation. second only to Georgia with 10 commitments.

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A quick look at the depth chart suggests that Moore may have a path to early game time at South Bend. Hart is likely to move to the NFL after the 2023 season, with a shoulder injury tipping the scales for a return this offseason. Apart from him, the only full-backs with experience in the Irish squad are Morrison and Mickey, as well as a rising older player. Clarence Lewis. Any of the four young full-backs who impress in 2023 will effectively be even with Moore.

Was Michael Mayer underestimated?

For a certain first-round pick that set Notre Dame’s every season and career record for a tight end, it might seem hard to understand. But when the Irish only have good tight ends, not great all the time in 2023, Mayer’s influence could take on a new, even more complementary perspective.

Although there will definitely not be a shortage of Notre Dame. It is simply inevitable that after Mayer’s departure, the position will roll back a step. This has been foreseen for at least two years now and will come true this fall, if not this spring.

This refusal alone will change the Irish offense in 2023 as much as any change of coordinator.

Michael Mayer.

Maybe it’s the whole subsection? It may seem extreme, but it was true. He was Drew Pinesafety valve; he was the best thinker of converting the third down; he demanded a greater concentration of defense.

Part of that was down to Notre Dame’s lack of other solid offensive options, but it was mostly down to how good Mayer was. This was a player that some NFL scouts wanted to spend a first-round pick on. two years ago.

Behind Mayer, the Irish titles were spinning due to injuries. First, freshman That is, Redon I had an anterior cruciate ligament tear in high school. Then, sophomore Mitchell Evans I injured my leg in the summer. Next, Jr. Kevin Bauman tore his cruciate ligament in the third week of the season.

Reardon played like a classmate Holden Stace, but Raridon’s season ended when he tore his cruciate ligament in training in mid-October. Luckily for Notre Dame, Evans returned to the field around the same time.

Throughout the sophomore Kane Burrong only played one game and never played in attack, so the December transfer decision isn’t all that surprising.

Mayer: 12 games; 67 catches for 809 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Evans: 8 games; 3 catches for 39 yards and 1 touchdown with 7 rushes for 11 yards and 1 touchdown.
Kevin Bauman: 3 games; 3 tackles for 44 yards.
Holden Stace: 11 games; 1 catch per 11 yards.

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Notre Dame 99-0: No. 88 Mitchell Evans, sophomore tight end
Notre Dame 99-0: No. 85 Holden Stace Rookie Freshman Tight End
Notre Dame 99-0: No. 84 Kevin Bauman Jr. tight end
Notre Dame 99-0: No. 9 Eli Reardon, new freshman, tight end with an ACL tear

First, find health.

Evans is healthy. Like Stas. Raridon could be by the time pre-season training kicks off, even if they do so a week early this summer due to the Irish trip to Dublin a week before the actual start of the season. (Notre Dame’s first practice ahead of the 2023 season is set to take place on July 28, though of course it’s mentioned that it means putting two carts in front of the proverbial horse, given that spring training runs between now and then, no dates yet, except for the game.) Blue Gold” April 22. )

On a typical timeline, Bauman would have been a little earlier. Maybe if he stays ahead of the pace he can do some non-contact work this spring, but it’s likely a bit more aggressive than reality.

That will leave Evans and Stace, and while Reardon should be a real threat on the field when healthy, missing this spring will likely enter the 2023 season behind Evans and Stace in the depth table.

If this duo had been preceded by any successful modern tight end other than Mayer, it would be easy to say that they would be more physically fit than him. But Mayer was everything.

Rather, Evans and Stace will be more “traditional” tight ends, as they line up closer to the tackle box and most of the time don’t run their routes much further than the first down marker. One or both should succeed, but Notre Dame’s use will change dramatically in 2023, both because Mayer is leaving for the NFL and because injuries have limited the options available.

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