Notre Dame Football 2023: Fall Camp Surprises

Fall camp is a time for celebration. Football is back! The time fans coast to coast have been waiting for. Access to practice is limited, yet the thirst for information is relentless. Fans are eager to hear what the depth chart is, which players look bigger, and what Freshmen are in the two deep.

Heading into camp Notre Dame fans weren’t quite sure what they were going to get. How would the offense gel? Will this defense play better than last year’s, about the same, or regress? Ultimate answers will be found soon, but I think some practice themes have emerged that may inform us of what’s coming.

Let’s examine three surprises that have emerged from Notre Dame’s Fall camp.

Defensive Praise

Notre Dame defensive lineman Rylie Mills (99) celebrates making a tackle during the Notre Dame vs. Stanford NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.
Notre Dame Vs Stanford Football

In the early stages of fall practice sessions, it’s quite common for defenses to progress more quickly than offenses do. But the praise the Irish defense has received far exceeds whatever this natural difference may be.

If the reports are to be believed, Notre Dame has much more depth than most believed they had and that the defense has dominated camp. The defensive line will feature a heavy rotation that will keep everyone fresh, the LB starters are veterans with much to prove and the corner play is being reported to be the best the Irish have had in over 20 years.

Young WRs With Key Roles

Notre Dame wide receiver Jaden Greathouse (19) during Notre Dame Spring Practice on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Irish Athletics Center in South Bend, Indiana.
Ncaa Football 2023 Notre Dame Spring Practice

If you had told me one of the Freshman wide receivers would be in the main rotation to start the year, I’d have believed…


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