Irish Starters and Key Reserves

Posted Sep 17, 2009

Look for the Irish to play more base defense this Saturday vs. the Spartans.

Michigan State, through two contests, has favored both its traditional Power-I formation as well a heavy dose of three wide receiver sets. For the first Saturday this season, Irish fans might see a near 50/50 split between the team's "base" 4-3 defense and its Nickel Package - a personnel group that received the bulk of the defensive snaps vs. Nevada's "Pistol" and Michigan's spread-option offense.

Notre Dame Offensive Depth Chart

Left Tackle – 5th-Year Senior #72 Paul Duncan

Left Guard – Senior #59 Chris Stewart

Center – Senior #55 Eric Olsen

Right Guard – Sophomore #78 Trevor Robinson

Right Tackle – Senior #74 Sam Young

Tight End – Sophomore #9 Kyle Rudolph

(Z) Wide Receiver – Sophomore #3 Michael Floyd

(X) Wide Receiver – Junior #23 Golden Tate

Fullback – Junior #33 Robert Hughes

Halfback – Junior #5 Armando Allen

Quarterback – Junior #7 Jimmy Clausen

Key Offensive Reserves

Tight End – Junior #83 Mike Ragone

Tight End/Fullback – Senior #86 Bobby Burger

Halfback – Sophomore #25 Jonas Gray

Slot Receiver/X Receiver – Junior #18 Duval Kamara

Slot Receiver/Z Receiver – Senior #82 Robby Parris

Z Receiver/Slot Receiver – Freshman #11 Shaquelle Evans

Halfback – Freshman #32 Theo Riddick

Left Guard/Center – Senior #51 Dan Wenger

Left Tackle – Junior #77 Matt Romine

Possible Offensive Contributors

Guard – Junior #76 Andrew Nuss

Wide Receiver – Sophomore #1 Deion Walker

Wide Receiver – Sophomore #84 John Goodman

Fullback – #34 Senior James Aldridge: Note – Aldridge is listed as “Doubtful” by head coach Charlie Weis due to a shoulder injury suffered on September 5.

Irish Defensive Depth Chart

Defensive End – Sophomore #89 Kapron Lewis-Moore

Defensive End – Senior #90 John Ryan

Defensive Tackle – Sophomore #9 Ethan Johnson

Nose Tackle – Junior #95 Ian Williams

WILL Linebacker – Junior #58 Brian Smith

MIKE Linebacker – Senior #49 Toryan Smith

SAM Linebacker – Sophomore #45 Darius Fleming

Cornerback – Sophomore #12 Robert Blanton

Cornerback – Senior #2 Darrin Walls

Free Safety – Junior #22 Harrison Smith

Strong Safety – 5th-Year Senior #28 Kyle McCarthy

Key Defensive Contributors

CB/Nickel Defender – Senior #8 Raeshon McNeil

Nickel Defender – Senior #31 Sergio Brown

Defensive End – Junior #56 Kerry Neal

Linebacker – Freshman #5 Manti Te’o

Possible Defensive Contributors

Nose Tackle – Sophomore #98 Sean Cwynar

Cornerback – Junior #4 Gary Gray

Cornerback – Sophomore #26 Jamoris Slaughter

Defensive Tackle – Sophomore #79 Hafis Williams

SAM Linebacker – 5th-Year Senior #41 Scott Smith

Defensive End – Senior #53 Mo Richardson

Irish Special Teams

Kicker – Freshman #40 Nick Tausch

Punter – Senior #43 Eric Maust

Kick Returner – Freshman #32 Theo Riddick and Senior #21 Barry Gallup

Punt Returner – Junior #23 Golden Tate

Long-Snapper – Freshman #60 Jordan Cowart

Short-Snapper – Sophomore #52 Braxston Cave

Holder – Senior #43 Eric Maust

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