Notre Dame opens up their spring football practices this Thursday, which just so happens to be St. Patrick’s Day. While plenty of college kids will be getting wristband deals on green beer all day long the Irish will be hard at work getting set for Marcus Freeman’s first full slate as head coach.
The offense returns nearly the entire line but how exactly they’ll be arranged remains to be seen while changes are coming in terms of the starting quarterback, running back, and leading receiver.
To help you get ready for Notre Dame football in 2022 here is your “five things to watch offensive primer” for spring football.
5. Tight End 2
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Michael Mayer is the best tight end in college football and was a season ago, even if the Mackey Award didn’t even name him a finalist. He’s a known star commodity but with George Tacaks departing for Boston College, who steps up into that TE2 role?
Sophomore Cane Berrong remains out this spring after tearing his ACL last October. Sophomore Mitchell Evans or junior Kevin Bauman appear to be the front-runners to take over as incoming freshman Holden Staes and Eli Raridon both aren’t enrolled at Notre Dame yet.
4. Second Target
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Mayer’s accolades speak for themselves as he’s Notre Dame’s most known offensive commodity entering 2022. Who becomes that all-important second target, though? Kevin Austin is off to the NFL after having a breakout 2021 whole veterans Avery Davis and Joe Wilkins remained sidelined after suffering injuries that ended their 2021’s prematurely.
With that in mind the time appears to be now for sophomores Lorenzo Styles and Deion Colzie to breakout while senior Braden Lenzy looks to bring consistency to Notre Dame’s offense his final go-around, something that hasn’t been the…