3. TOP NOTRE DAME PLAYERS
Best Notre Dame Offensive Player
QB Ian Book, Sr.
He might not be a big bomber like sophomore Phil Jurkovec, and he might not be the most dangerous runner, but he’s a baller who makes things happen. When the offense was stalling a bit too much at times early on last season under Brandon Wimbush, Book stepped in and the season took off.
His accuracy is his key. He’ll hit the downfield throws, but for this offense, completing 68% of his passes – including a brilliant early run where he hit 81% against Pitt and Navy – is what’s needed.
Great on third downs, excellent at taking off to move the chains – ask Northwestern about that – and able to take advantage of teams loading up to stop the run, he’s the veteran leader who deserves more national respect.
2. OG Tommy Kraemer, Sr.
3. OT Liam Eichenberg, Sr.
4. RB Jafar Armstrong, Jr.
5. WR Chase Claypool, Sr.
Best Notre Dame Defensive Player
S Alohi Gilman, Sr.
The star power isn’t there like it was with last year’s defense, but there are a whole slew of very good veterans who should keep the production going.
The 5-11, 201-pound Gilman is a future NFL safety with the range to come up with two picks – both against Syracuse – and break up five passes – but he’s at his best against the run with 94 stops. The former Navy transfer, is quick, active, and was the lone bright spot in the loss to Clemson with 18 tackles.
2. DE Julian Okwara, Sr.
3. DE Khalid Kareem, Sr.
4. LB Asmar Bilal, Sr.
5. S Jalen Elliott, Sr.