I have a question for Notre Dame football fans.
When was the last time you genuinely felt that the Irish had a well-rounded offense? One that could be equally dangerous through both the air and the ground. One that forced a defense to play honestly and not creep up to stop the run or ever-predictable bail-out pass to a tight end. It’s been a while.
In some ways, it’s actually pretty impressive how successful Notre Dame has been the last handful of years while being fairly one-dimensional. The Irish always want to run the ball, but in the passing game, it’s pretty much been passes to the tight ends and not much else that can be relied upon or that can scare a defense on the back end.
I believe this trend is about to end thanks to the skill set of Mr. Sam Hartman. Let’s examine why.
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – APRIL 22: Sam Hartman #10 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish warms up before the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football Game at Notre Dame Stadium on April 22, 2023 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Sam Hartman will be entering his 6th year of college football. That is a long time in regular life, in college football, it’s an eternity. With this experience under his belt, Hartman is a grizzled veteran that won’t be overwhelmed in any situation. He’s pretty much seen it all by now.
This kind of presence is exactly what the Irish need right now out of the QB position. A player who can recognize what defenses want to do play-by-play and adapt to it effectively. The Notre Dame offense is in great hands in this regard. I expect calm, decisive, and confident QB play. A rare luxury for Irish fans.
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – OCTOBER 15: Tobias Merriweather #15 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish catches a pass for a touchdown against Kendall Williamson #21 of the Stanford Cardinal…..