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College Football Preview: The 2015 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

College Football Preview: The 2015 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

2014 Record: 8-5

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have an experienced roster that should have the team pushing the national recognition.

Overview: Brian Kelly led Notre Dame to an 8-5 record and a Bowl win in 2014 which would be the envy of many programs. However the fans are expecting this team to challenge for the National Championship and eight wins won’t keep them happy.

College Football Preview: The 2015 Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Offense: The Fighting Irish are loaded at the skill positions except at quarterback where Everett Golson is gone. Golson was considered a Heisman candidate at one point but he seemed to fade as time went on. Golson threw for over 3,400 yards with 29 scores and 14 picks but he fumbled 12 times and was sacked 27 times. Malik Zaire has 35 passes to his name and averaged over six yards per rush but is still inexperienced despite his four star rating so we’ll see how he pans out. Leading rusher Tarean Folston returns along with 4th leading runner Greg Bryant. Leading receiver William Fuller (76-1,094) is back along with 500+ yard performers Corey Robinson, Chris Brown and CJ Prosise to give the passing attack plenty of targets. The line gets back three starters but the roster is loaded with four star recruits.

Defense: The defense was run on at times and a good run ‘D’ begins with the guys up front. The Irish return virtually everyone along the line and whether that is good or bad remains to be seen. Injuries played a part in their numbers to be fair but a healthy unit in 2015 should show improvement with a linebacking crew that returns all six that saw action a season ago there to clean up anything that gets by. The secondary also returns virtually everybody but were thrown on so once again the Fighting Irish are hoping another year of experience translates in to on field production. 

Special Teams: Notre Dame needs both a punter, kicker and place-kicker with the graduation of Kyle Brindza. Amir Carlisle brought back 35 kicks for a 21.7 yard average while Greg Bryant averaged 11.8 yards on eight punt returns. Punter

Outlook: The obvious key for the offense is the play at quarterback while the defense has to play better as a whole. With the quality of the players this roster has I have to think we are looking at a top 20 team at the very least and if not the fans should be disappointed.

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