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Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 42 Nolan Ziegler, early-enrolled freshman linebacker, Irish legacy

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Measurements listed: 6’3″, 205 lbs.
2022-23 Eligibility: Ziegler, who entered his freshman year early, had all four seasons of eligibility remaining.
Depth Chart: Wherever Ziegler appears on the Irish depth chart, he will not be within two depths. Most likely, he spends 2022 in the scout team, nominally behind the senior. Marist Lufau and sophomore Prince Collie at Will (weak side) midfielder.
Recruiting: By all accounts, a four-star prospect and the 24th outside linebacker in his class, according to competitors.com.Ziegler has likely been heading to Notre Dame for a long time now, considering he is of Irish heritage and the product of a Catholic school less than two hours from South Bend. However, Michigan, Iowa, and Nebraska pursued the Under Armor All-American from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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QUOTES
As Notre Dame’s entire program descended into turmoil in early December, perhaps one group has been unique in its stability – a quartet of rookie linebackers. Their chief recruiter, position coach and coordinator—the one person in South Bend they knew best—had increasingly become a cornerstone of the Irish.

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“We all got through it together,” Ziegler said in early February. “We all respected (Marcus) Freeman and now he’s the head coach, so he’s going to put the program in a really good position. We’ve all been through it, and now we’re all together, so we’re a championship team.”

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NAME, IMAGE, SIMILARITY
Can the Bengal Bouts write Ziegler a check to somehow get his little brother to promote them?

WHAT THEY SAID WHEN ZIEGLER SIGNED IN DECAB
“Ziegler’s height makes him an ideal choice for a fullback, but if he gets very fat, a move to linebacker won’t be shocking. …

Freeman spent a lot of time on Sunday discussing the need for ‘speed and length’ in safety, and Ziegler can help address that need, the one that sparked the movement. Ramon Henderson from defender to safety this season. Ziegler’s suitability for Freeman’s supporting role will depend on his cover abilities, especially his ability to cover from person to person.”

FORECAST FOR 2022
Injuries will deprive Notre Dame of part of the midfield, which is inevitable in football, but until it escalates to the level of August and September of last season, when the Irish lost several veterans all season before typical wear and tear. even started to bore others – then Ziegler should stay out of the rotation in 2022. If anything, he occupies the deepest linebacker position on the roster, behind both Lufua and Colley with longtime linebacker Will. JD Bertrand available to return to his old position from middle linebacker if the need arises.

However, this does not mean that Ziegler will automatically remain eligible for a year. A former defender turned midfielder body can be the perfect player to cover kickoffs and shots. Ziegler has seen special teams action in 13 games this season.

ON THE WAY TO
Lufau, Collie, and even Bertrand have three seasons left, no matter how absurd it may sound. They won’t all use all of them. Whatever the outcome of this protracted career, Ziegler may have time to turn into a linebacker.

There will be no worries about a possible move just because a highly regarded rookie has to wait to play consistently. Ziegler arrives at Notre Dame to wear the same numbers his grandfather wore on the 1973 National Championship team. His desire to play for the Irish is unmatched.

And his time to do so will come; It just might be a little while before Ziegler gets a place in the two.

NOTRE DAME 99-TO-0
From Blake Groupe to Braden Lenzi, the off-season countdown begins anew
No. 99 Blake Group, kicker, transfer of the State of Arkansas
No. 99 Riley Mills, junior guard, player who now plays more in the end.

#98 Tyson Ford, early freshman, quarterback hired as a four-star endgame.
No. 97 Gabriel Rubio, sophomore, quarterback, still “wide like a Volkswagen.”
No. 92 Aidan Keanaaina, a young defender who tore his cruciate ligament in March.
#91 Josh Bryan Sophomore Kicker
#91 Aiden Gobaira, Freshman Early Enrollment Guard, Four-Star Recruit
No. 90 Alexander Ehrensberger, junior defender, the German project is nearing completion.
No. 88 Mitchell Evans, sophomore tight end
No. 87 Michael Mayer Jr. Tight End, Likely All-American
No. 85 Holden Stace New Rookie Tight End
No. 84 Kevin Bauman, Jr. Tight End
#83 Jayden Thomas, Sophomore Receiver, Four-Star Former Rookie
#80 Kane Burrong, sophomore who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
No. 79 Tosh Baker, one of four young Irish strikers.
#78 Pat Coogan, sophomore at center, recovering from a meniscus injury.
No. 77 Tai Chan, offensive tackle starter, former four-star rookie.
No. 76 Joe Alt, Sophomore, Beginning Left Tackle
#75 Josh Lagg, year six, offensive lineman, likely starting right back.
#74 Billy Shrout, early enrolled forward freshman after foot surgery.
#73 Andrew Christophic, senior forward turned defenseman.
#72 Caleb Johnson Sophomore Offensive, Former Auburn Bail
No. 68 Michael Carmody, junior offensive line mate.
No. 65 Michael Vinson, Long Bass, “Milk”
#65 Chris Smith Defensive Tackle Harvard Transfer
No. 59 Aamil Wagner, an established four-star freshman forward.
No. 58 Ashton Craig New Freshman Center
#57 Jason Ademilola, fifth-year quarterback, after shoulder surgery.
#56 Joey Tanona, early-listed hitter with a concussion.
No. 56 Howard Cross, senior quarterback with heavy hands, and that’s good.
No. 55 Jarret Patterson, Year Five Offensive Linesman, Three Year Starting Center, Captain
No. 54 Jacob Lacy, senior quarterback, is now lighter and in the starting lineup.
#54 Blake Fischer, Sophomore, Starting Right Tackle, “Huge”
No. 52 Zeke Correll Senior Center or Possibly Left Back
No. 52 Bo Bauer, Fifth Year Linebacker, Ironman
No. 50 Rocco Spindler Sophomore Shooting Guard
#48 Will Schweitzer Sophomore Turned Linebacker
No. 47 Jason Oin, Sophomore, Defensive Tackle
No. 44 Junior Tuihalamaka, early enrolled freshman linebacker, a common four-star recruit.
No. 44 Alex Paich, Junior Trucker
#41 Donovan Hinish, freshman starting quarterback, Kurt’s brother.
#20 Jadarian Price, an early freshman running backwards with an Achilles rupture.
#9 Eli Raridon, Rookie Freshman, tight end with an ACL tear.



Source: irish.nbcsports.com

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