Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Offensive Player
C/OG Jarrett Patterson, Jr.
The Irish could use one of the skill parts to rise up and be the star of the offense, and Patterson might not be the superstar blocker that previous top Notre Dame O linemen were, but he’s an invaluable returning leader for a reworked front line.
The 6-5, 305-pounder got hurt late last year with a broken foot, but now he’s back, ready, and he’ll be the anchor no matter where he plays – he’s a center who’ll most likely spend the year at guard or could even move to right tackle.
2. TE Michael Mayer, Soph.
3. RB Kyren Williams, Soph.
4. WR Avery Davis, Sr.
5. OT Blake Fisher, Fr.
Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Defensive Player
S Kyle Hamilton, Jr.
LSU’s Derek Stingley might be the nation’s best defensive player and DB coming into the season, but Hamilton is probably 1A on the list. At the very least, coming into the season, Hamilton is the best safety in college football.
The 6-4, 219-pounder is the NFL prototype with the right size, range, and skills to be the leader and star of another good defense. He led the team with 63 tackles with a pick and six broken up passes after coming up with four interceptions and 41 tackles as a freshman. He can get into the backfield, too.
2. DE Isaiah Foskey, Soph.
3. LB Drew White, Sr.
4. DT Kurt Hinish, Sr.
5. DE Jayson Ademiola, Sr.
Top Incoming Notre Dame Fighting Irish Transfer
QB Jack Coan, Sr.
With a slight rebuild being done and a whole lot of very, very young guys playing key roles, the Irish have two good transfers who should matter early on.
Marshall’s Cain Madden is a solid, experienced offense tackle who should bridge the gap and step in before the more talented freshmen take over, but the bigger get should be Coan, a former starter at Wisconsin who brings a veteran presence to step in for Ian Book.
He’s not going to bring a lick of mobility, but the Irish have a good passer who’ll keep the offensive moving until Drew Pyne is ready to take over.