Depth Chart: Irish Defense
Senior defensive end Ethan Johnson
Senior defensive end Ethan Johnson
Posted Sep 17, 2011

A look at Notre Dame's two-deep defensive depth chart, key contributors and special teams.

Notre Dame Depth Chart: Defense

Backup Dog linebacker Danny Spond is out with a hamstring strain….

Left Defensive End:

  1. Ethan Johnson
  2. Aaron Lynch

Nose Guard:

  1. Louis Nix or
  2. Sean Cwynar
  3. Hafis Williams

Right Defensive End:

  1. Kapron Lewis-Moore
  2. Stephon Tuitt

MIKE Linebacker:

  1. Manti Te’o
  2. Carlo Calabrese

WILL Linebacker:

  1. Dan Fox or
  2. Carlo Calabrese

CAT Linebacker:

  1. Darius Fleming
  2. Ishaq Williams

DOG Linebacker:

  1. Prince Shembo
  2. Troy Niklas

Strong Safety:

  1. Harrison Smith
  2. Danny McCarthy

Free Safety:

  1. Jamoris Slaughter or
  2. Zeke Motta

Boundary Cornerback:

  1. Gary Gray
  2. Bennett Jackson

Field Cornerback:

  1. Robert Blanton
  2. Lo Wood

Nickel Defense:
Defensive line (Left to Right): Darius Fleming, Prince Shembo, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Steve Filer
Linebackers: Manti Te’o, Dan Fox, Carlo Calabrese, or Austin Collinsworth
Secondary: Robert Blanton, Gary Gray, Jamoris Slaughter, Zeke Motta, Harrison Smith

Irish Special Teams

Kick-off: Kyle Brindza
Placekicker: David Ruffer
Punter: Ben Turk
Snapper: Jordan Cowart (long and short)
Holder: Ryan Kavanagh
Punt Return: John Goodman
Kick Return: Theo Riddick; Bennett Jackson or Austin Collinsworth

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