2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represents the University of Notre Dame in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team is led by head coach Brian Kelly, who is in his tenth season at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish play their home games at Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, and compete as an independent.[1]

2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo
ConferenceIndependent
Head coachBrian Kelly (10th season)
Offensive coordinatorChip Long (3rd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorClark Lea (2nd season)
Base defense4-2-5
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium
(Capacity: 77,622)
2019 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Army               0 0  
BYU               0 0  
Liberty               0 0  
New Mexico State               0 0  
Notre Dame               0 0  
UMass               0 0  
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
As of April 24, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

Previous Season

The 2018 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team finished 12–1 on the season, after an undefeated regular season followed by a 30-3 loss to the Clemson Tigers in the Cotton Bowl Classic, its first appearance in the College Football Playoff. Clemson would go on to defeat Alabama 44-16 in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Offseason

Departures

Coaching Changes

Departures

Autry Denson, the former running backs coach of the Fighting Irish, accepted the head coaching position at Charleston Southern University.

Additions

Lance Taylor was hired to replace Denson as running backs coach. Taylor previously spent time with the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, coaching wide receivers.

The Shirt 2019

The 30-year-old tradition of "The Shirt Project" continued with the unveiling of the 2019 edition student t-shirt. For the first time, there is a sweatshirt to go with the traditional tee.

The project has sold more than 2.5 million shirts and raised more than $11 million over its 30 years of existence. Each year, a committee of students designs a shirt to raise money for Notre Dame student clubs and organizations. Actor Patrick Warburton was on hand for the ceremony, as was Coach Kelly.

This year's t-shirt features 'Notre Dame' in 1930's lettering to mirror the one that is found all throughout the Stadium. It is set on a faded blue background and includes a very traditional white football and a clover in the middle.[2]

Blue–Gold Game

The 90th edition of The Blue–Gold Game, an annual spring exhibition game, was played on April 13, 2019 at Notre Dame Stadium and was broadcast on NBCSN. It served as the 15th and final spring practice for the Irish. The Gold Team (defense) beat the Blue Team (offense) by the score of 58–45.

2019 Recruiting Class

Notre Dame received 22 signed letters of intent, including 21 during the early signing period. The Class of 2019 includes 10 early enrollees, the most ever for the program, who opted to graduate high school early so that they could train and practice with the team during the spring semester.

Coaching Staff

Name Position Year at Notre Dame Alma Mater (Year)
Brian Kelly Dick Corbett Head Football Coach 10th Assumption (1982)
Mike Elston Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line 10th Michigan (1998)
Brian Polian Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator 8th John Carroll (1997)
Clark Lea Bob Hinton Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 3rd Vanderbilt (2004)
Chip Long John and Bobbie Arlotta Family Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends 3rd North Alabama (2005)
Jeff Quinn Offensive Line 5th (2nd in position) Elmhurst (1984)
Lance Taylor Running Backs 1st Alabama (2003)
Todd Lyght Pat and Jana Eilers Family Defensive Backs 4th Notre Dame (1991)
Del Alexander Wide Receivers 3rd USC (1995)
Tom Rees Quarterbacks 3rd Notre Dame (2013)
Terry Joseph Safeties 2nd Northwestern State (1996)
Matt Balis Director of Football Performance 3rd Northern Illinois (1996)
Bill Rees Director of Scouting 3rd Ohio Wesleyan (1976)
Clay Bignell Senior Defensive Analyst 4th Montana State (2011)
Aaron Coeling Offensive Graduate Assistant 3rd Wittenberg (2014)
Jake Flint Co-Director of Football Strength & Conditioning 10th Central Michigan (2007)
Robert Stiner Assistant Director of Football Strength & Conditioning 2nd Belhaven (2008)
David Grimes Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach 9th Notre Dame (2009)
Dale Jones Assistant Strength & Conditioning coach 3rd Washburn (1994)

Equipment Staff

Name Position
Chris Bacsik Head Equipment Manager
Dan Glynn Associate Equipment Manager
Molly Hart Senior Personnel Manager
Jennifer Buck Senior Equipment Manager
Harrison Kranz Senior Operations Manager
John Geppert Senior Equipment Manager

Roster

2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Spring Football Roster

Quarterbacks

  • 12 Ian BookSenior (6'0 208)
  • 14 J.D. Carney – Junior (5'10 180)
  • 15 Phil Jurkovec – Sophomore (6'5, 225)
  • 17 Nolan Henry – Senior (6'1, 195) (Graduate Student)
  • 31 Cole Capen – Sophomore (6'5, 230)

Running Backs

  •  6 Tony Jones, Jr. – Senior (5'11, 227)
  •  8 Jafar Armstrong – Junior (6'1, 220)
  • 16 Cameron Ekanayake – Junior (6'2, 202)
  • 20 C'Bo Flemister – Sophomore (5'11, 195)
  • 23 Kyren Williams — Freshman (5'9, 209)
  • 32 Mick Assaf – Senior (5'11, 215)
  • 34 Jahmir Smith – Sophomore (5'11, 207)

Wide Receivers

  •  4 Kevin Austin, Jr. – Sophomore (6'2, 210)
  • 10 Chris Finke – Senior (5'9, 175) (Graduate Student)
  • 13 Lawrence Keys III – Sophomore (5'10, 172)
  • 17 Isaiah Robertson – Junior (6'2, 202)
  • 18 Joe Wilkins, Jr. – Sophomore (6'2, 190)
  • 25 Braden Lenzy – Sophomore (5'11, 184)
  • 26 Leo Albano – Sophomore (6'1, 212)
  • 27 Arion Shinaver – Senior (6'1, 184)
  • 29 Matt Salerno – Sophomore (6'1, 188)
  • 43 Greg Mailey – Sophomore (6'1, 200)
  • 80 Micah Jones – Sophomore (6'5, 215)
  • 83 Chase Claypool – Senior (6'4, 229)
  • 87 Michael Young, Jr. – Junior (5'10, 190)
  • 88 Javon McKinley – Senior (6'2, 215)

Tight Ends

  • 24 Tommy Tremble – Sophomore (6'3, 237)
  • 48 Xavier Lezynski – Junior (6'2, 205)
  • 49 Jack Henige – Junior (6'5, 235)
  • 84 Cole Kmet – Junior (6'6, 255)
  • 85 George Takacs – Sophomore (6'6, 255)
  • 89 Brock Wright – Junior (6’5, 250)
 

Offensive Linemen

  • 53 Zeke Correll – Freshman (6'3, 275)
  • 55 Jarrett Patterson – Sophomore (6'5, 300)
  • 56 John Dirksen – Sophomore (6'5, 310)
  • 57 Trevor Ruhland – Senior (6'4, 293) (Graduate Student)
  • 60 Cole Mabry – Sophomore (6'5, 273)
  • 61 Colin Grunhard – Junior (6'1, 282)
  • 62 Logan Plantz – Senior (6'2, 310)
  • 64 Max Siegel – Sophomore (6'2, 305)
  • 69 Aaron Banks – Junior (6'6, 325)
  • 71 John Olmstead — Freshman (6'5, 280)
  • 72 Robert Hainsey – Junior (6'5, 298)
  • 73 Andrew Kristofic — Freshman (6'5, 275)
  • 74 Liam Eichenberg – Senior (6'6, 305)
  • 75 Josh Lugg – Junior (6'7, 310)
  • 76 Dillan Gibbons – Junior (6'4, 308)
  • 77 Quinn Carroll — Freshman (6'7, 285)
  • 78 Tommy Kraemer – Senior (6'6, 319)

Defensive Linemen

  •  9 Daelin Hayes – Senior (6'4, 268)
  • 18 NaNa Osafo-Mensah – Freshman (6'3, 235)
  • 19 Justin Ademilola – Sophomore (6'2, 250)
  • 29 Ovie Oghoufo — Sophomore (6'3, 230)
  • 41 Kurt Hinish – Junior (6'2, 295)
  • 42 Julian Okwara – Senior (6'5, 240)
  • 44 Jamir Jones – Senior (6'3, 257)
  • 47 Kofi Wardlow – Junior (6'2, 245)
  • 53 Khalid Kareem – Senior (6'4, 262)
  • 54 Jacob Lacey — Freshman (6'2, 295)
  • 55 Ja’Mion Franklin — Sophomore (6'1, 308)
  • 57 Jayson Ademilola – Sophomore (6'3, 285)
  • 62 Logan Plantz — Senior (6'2, 292) (Graduate Student)
  • 90 Hunter Spears — Freshman (6'4, 290)
  • 91 Adetokunbo Ogundeji – Senior (6'4, 250)
  • 94 Darnell Ewell — Junior (6'3, 340)
  • 95 Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa – Junior (6'3 286)

Kickers

  • 38 Ryan Hembree - Freshman
  • 39 Jonathan Doerer – Sophomore

Punters

  • 19 Jay Bramblett — Freshman (6'2, 189)
  • 30 Jake Rittman — Sophomore (6'3 205)
 

Linebackers

  •  2 Jordan Genmark-Heath – Junior (6'1, 231)
  • 13 Paul Moala — Sophomore (6'0, 210)
  • 22 Asmar Bilal – Senior (6'2, 227) (Graduate Student)
  • 24 Jack Kiser — Freshman (6'2, 212)
  • 30 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – Junior (6'2, 215)
  • 31 Jack Lamb – Sophomore (6'4, 227)
  • 33 Shayne Simon – Sophomore (6'3, 230)
  • 40 Drew White – Junior (6'0, 225)
  • 45 Jonathan Jones – Senior (6'0 227)
  • 50 Reed Gregory — Junior (6'0, 210)
  • 52 Bo Bauer – Sophomore (6'3, 230)

Defensive Backs

  • 12 D. J. Brown – Sophomore (6'0, 192)
  • 25 John Mahoney – Junior (6'0, 205)
  • 37 Chase Love — Sophomore (6'0, 190)
  • 39 Brandon Garcia — Senior (5'8, 197)
  • 43 Marcus Thorne — Sophomore (6'1, 204)

Cornerbacks

  •  3 Houston Griffith – Sophomore (6'0, 205)
  •  4 Avery Davis — Junior (5'11, 200)
  •  5 Troy Pride Jr. – Senior (6'0, 194)
  •  8 Donte Vaughn – Senior (6’3, 210)
  • 10 Tariq Bracy – Sophomore (5'10, 172)
  • 20 Shaun Crawford – Senior (5'9, 186) (Graduate Student)
  • 26 Temitope Agoro – Senior (6'1, 203)

Safeties

  •  7 Derrik Allen – Sophomore (6'2, 220)
  • 11 Alohi Gilman – Senior (5'11, 201)
  • 21 Jalen Elliott – Senior (6'1, 210)
  • 32 Patrick Pelini – Junior (6'1, 188)
  • 38 Christopher Schilling – Senior (5'11, 204)

Long snappers

  • 46 Axel Raarup — Sophomore (6'0, 195)
  • 54 John Shannon – Senior (6'2, 238)
  • 65 Michael Vinson — Sophomore (6'2, 221)

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 2 at Louisville   
September 142:30 p.m.New MexicoNBC  
September 21 at Georgia   
September 283:30 p.m.Virginia
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
NBC  
October 53:30 p.m.Bowling Green
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
NBC  
October 127:30 p.m.USC
NBC  
October 26 at Michigan   
November 22:30 p.m.Virginia Tech
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
NBC  
November 9 at Duke   
November 162:30 p.m.Navy
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN (Rivalry)
NBC  
November 232:30 p.m.Boston College
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN (Holy War)
NBC  
November 30 at Stanford   
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

[3]

References

  1. ^ "2019 Notre Dame Football Schedule". Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.theshirt.nd.edu
  3. ^ Kelley, Kevin (13 April 2019). "Notre Dame sets kickoff times for home football games in 2019". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is the intercollegiate football team representing the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. The team is currently coached by Brian Kelly and plays its home games at the campus's Notre Dame Stadium, which has a capacity of 77,622. Notre Dame is one of six schools that competes as an Independent at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision level; however, they play five games a year against opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which Notre Dame is a member of in all other sports except ice hockey.Notre Dame is one of the most iconic and successful programs in college football. The school claims 11 national championships, but the NCAA recognizes the school with 13.

Moreover, Notre Dame has 21 national championships recognized by all major selectors; this is tied with Alabama for the most in the FBS. Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Ohio State share the record of seven Heisman Trophy winners, but Notre Dame leads Ohio State by the number of individual winners. Notre Dame has produced 101 consensus All-Americans, 34 unanimous All-Americans, 52 members of the College Football Hall of Fame, and 13 members of the NFL Hall of Fame, all NCAA records. Notre Dame has had 495 players selected in the NFL Draft, second only to USC.All Notre Dame home games have been televised by NBC since 1991, and Notre Dame is the only school to have such a contract. It was the only independent program to be part of the Bowl Championship Series coalition and its guaranteed payout, and it has one of the largest, most widespread fan bases in college football. These factors help make Notre Dame one of the most financially valuable football programs in the country, which allows the school to remain an independent.

US college sports recruiting information for 2019 recruits
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kendall Abdur-Rahman
WR
Edwardsville, Illinois Edwardsville 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sep 9, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
3 stars
Litchfield Ajavon
DB
Baltimore, Maryland Episcopal 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Apr 21, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
3 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
J. D. Bertrand
LB
Roswell, Georgia Blessed Trinity Catholic 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Nov 19, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Jay Bramblett
P
Tuscaloosa, Alabama Hillcrest 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) May 30, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3 stars
   247Sports:
3 stars
   ESPN:
3 stars
Quinn Carroll
OL
Edina, Minnesota Edina 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 285 lb (129 kg) May 1, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Brendon Clark
QB
Midlothian, Virginia Manchester 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jul 4, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3 stars
   247Sports:
3 stars
   ESPN:
3 stars
Zeke Correll
OL
Cincinnati, Ohio Anderson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Jun 18, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Howard Cross III
DL
Paramus, New Jersey Saint Joseph 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Apr 22, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Osita Ekwonu
LB
Charlotte, North Carolina Providence 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jun 14, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Isaiah Foskey
DL
Antioch, California De La Salle 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Feb 6, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Kyle Hamilton
DB
Atlanta, Georgia Marist 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Apr 24, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
5 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Cam Hart
WR
Baltimore, Maryland Good Counsel 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jul 4, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3 stars
   247Sports:
3 stars
   ESPN:
3 stars
Jack Kiser
LB
Royal Center, Indiana Pioneer 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jun 12, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
3 stars
Andrew Kristofic
OL
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania Pine-Richland 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Apr 23, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Jacob Lacey
DL
Bowling Green, Kentucky South Warren 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 295 lb (134 kg) Jul 29, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Marist Liufau
LB
Kalihi, Hawaii Punahou 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Nov 14, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
3 stars
John Olmstead
OL
North Brunswick, New Jersey St. Joseph 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 280 lb (130 kg) Apr 20, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
NaNa Osafo-Mensah
DL
Fort Worth, Texas Nolan Catholic 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 235 lb (107 kg) May 19, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Isaiah Rutherford
DB
Sacramento, California Jesuit 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Oct 13, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Hunter Spears
DL
Garland, Texas Sachse 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 295 lb (134 kg) Feb 20, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4 stars
   247Sports:
3 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
K. J. Wallace
DB
Atlanta, Georgia The Lovett 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jan 28, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Kyren Williams
RB
St. Louis, Missouri St. John Vianney 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jun 21, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3 stars
   247Sports:
4 stars
   ESPN:
4 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

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