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Notre Dame Football: Irish Kickoff The 2015 Season

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Notre Dame football returns with alot of optimism, player additions that hope to strengthen a deep roster, and new coaches from a storied past.

Wednesday is the first official practice day of the alotted 15 days.

And right out of the gate, position changes and adjustments took center stage.


Adding Depth To The Backfield

In 2014, Tarean Folston cemented himself as the future go-to back for Brian Kelly.

The talented Greg Bryant continued to spell Folston as he matures and stamps himself much like his calling coming in as a heralded freshman.

And then there's the incoming talents of Dexter Williams and Josh Adams who arrive in the summer.

Alot of optimism to accompany some major talent.

And of course a flip of the script from the coach.

220 pound receiver CJ Prosise will add to his resume.

The one time backend defensive prospect turned wide receiver is now slatted to work at the position.

“He’s been in the running back meetings. He’ll get a lot of work at running back,Amir(Amir Carlisle) will not cross train. He’ll stay at the slot receiver. C.J. will get quite a bit of work at running back.”

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Golson Gone?

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The hottest topic for Notre Dame football fanatics remains the possibilities at quarterback.

Will Malik Zaire secure the starters role?

Will Everett Golson return and become the starter?

Will both share responsibilities?

With all that Everett Golson has endured(much to his own doing)- 2015 is still muddy as to whether or not he'll remain under a golden helmet.

Malik Zaire elevated his status during the Music City Bowl and added strength to the spot-assuming Golson remain Irish.

And then there's the rumor mill of transfer to contend with somewhat.

The hot prospect of a transfer to SEC schools after the LSU bowl win has lately morphed into "What schools could use a 5th year transfer?" yet again.

Texas? Oklahoma? LSU? North Carolina?

Kelly pulls no punches on any player and his role on the Irish roster- or if he remains.

And his 1 time prodigy from the famed 2012 season is no exception:

“If I'm Everett, I don't think that he has to accept that he has to share time with anybody,I don't think that notion has ever been floated to him. I've never floated that. The only thing that I've ever said to Everett is that, ‘You have to come in here and compete for the starting quarterback position.’ That's all I've ever asked him to do. So he is committed. He has bought in 100 percent to competing for the quarterback position here at Notre Dame. Now, whatever that ends up being, if that end result is, as he competes for it, it means he's the backup or that he's the sole starter or that he's sharing time, he has no control over that. What he has control over is that he's committed to competing for the job.”

Should Golson decide his time in South Bend has reached it's conclusion, it's highly unlikely he'll move to a subpar program that could put at risk his draft stock with a mediocre season.


Strength In The Middle

Here's the best core of players on this roster heading into 2015- the linebackers:

SLB: James Onwualu, Greer Martini MLB: Nyles Morgan, Joe Schmidt, Jarrett Grace WLB: Jaylon Smith, Te’von Coney

What adds depth and strength is the combination of a freshman blue-chipper(Coney) and the return of a future all-world player.

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The most notable addition to the 2015 roster, outside of notable freshmen- is for now- the possible return of Jarrett Grace.

An injury suffered 2 season's ago in the Arizona State game has kept the Teo incumbent off the field, and the defense sorely missing a great player.

Pending the healing process taking a setback again, the Irish linebacking unit will argueably be one of the best in the nation in 2015 with the return of Grace.


Here's the 2015 Spring Roster:


25allen travisAllen, TravisDefensive Back726-0/1807SRLansing, MI/Eastern
46anderson joshAnderson, JoshRunning Back695-9/2007SRChatsworth, CA/Notre Dame
29baratti nickyBaratti, NickySafety736-1/2057SRTomball, TX/Klein Oak
71bars alexBars, AlexOffensive Line786-6/3163SONashville, TN/Montgomery Bell Academy
70bivin hunterBivin, HunterOffensive Line77.56-5.5/3025JROwensboro, KY/Apollo
92blankenship grantBlankenship, GrantDefensive Line76.56-4.5/2523SOThe Colony, TX/The Colony
34bongiovi jesseBongiovi, JesseCornerback69.55-9.5/1935JRBrooklyn, NY/Poly Prep
55bonner jonathanBonner, JonathanDefensive Line756-3/2753SOChesterfield, MO/Parkway Central
11brent justinBrent, JustinWide Receiver73.56-1.5/2053SOSpeedway, IN/Speedway
2brown chrisBrown, ChrisWide Receiver73.56-1.5/1957SRHanahan, SC/Hanahan
32bryan camBryan, CamWide Receiver746-2/2079GSWestwood, MA/Xaverian Brothers
1bryant gregBryant, GregRunning Back705-10/2055JRDelray Beach, FL/American Heritage
63bush samBush, SamOffensive Line75.56-3.5/3053SONewport Beach, CA/Mater Dei
12butler devinButler, DevinCornerback72.56-.5/1955JRWashington, DC/Gonzaga
67byrne jimmyByrne, JimmyOffensive Line766-4/2953SOCleveland, OH/St. Ignatius
75cage danielCage, DanielDefensive Line72.56-.5/3153SOCincinnati, OH/Winton Woods
3carlisle amirCarlisle, AmirWide Receiver705-10/1929GSSanta Clara, CA/King's Academy
47cavalaris connorCavalaris, ConnorCornerback715-11/1959GSLake Forest, IL/Lake Forest
87centlivre keenanCentlivre, KeenanWide Receiver77.56-5.5/2203SOFort Wayne, IN/Bishop Dwenger
43chereson johnChereson, JohnKicker695-9/1785JRErie, PA/Cathedral Prep
4coney te'vonConey, Te'vonLinebacker726-0/2301FRPalm Beach Gardens, FL/Palm Beach Gardens
61daly scottDaly, ScottLong Snapper73.56-1.5/2507SRDowners Grove, IL/South
91day sheldonDay, SheldonDefensive Line746-2/2857SRIndianapolis, IN/Warren Central
42deeb michaelDeeb, MichaelLinebacker746-2/2555JRPlantation, FL/American Heritage
97dew-treadway micahDew-Treadway, MicahDefensive Line766-4/2951FRBolingbrook, IL/Bolingbrook
95dickerson marquisDickerson, MarquisDefensive Line73.56-1.5/2855JRMarianna, AR/Lee
79elmer steveElmer, SteveOffensive Line77.56-5.5/3155JRMidland, MI/Midland
41farley matthiasFarley, MatthiasCornerback715-11/2059GSCharlotte, NC/Christian
25folston tareanFolston, TareanRunning Back69.55-9.5/2145JRCocoa, FL/Cocoa
7fuller williamFuller, WilliamWide Receiver726-0/1805JRPhiladelphia, PA/Roman Catholic
5golson everettGolson, EverettQuarterback726-0/2009GSMyrtle Beach, SC/Myrtle Beach
59grace jarrettGrace, JarrettLinebacker74.56-2.5/2539GSCincinnati, OH/Colerain
35hammann grantHammann, GrantWide Receiver726-0/1853SODyersville, IA/Beckman
75harrell markHarrell, MarkOffensive Line766-4/3067SRCharlotte, NC/Catholic
93hayes jayHayes, JayDefensive Line756-3/2853SOBrooklyn, NY/Poly Prep Country Day
84heuerman mikeHeuerman, MikeTight End75.56-3.5/2255JRNaples, FL/Barron Collier
43hill kolinHill, KolinLinebacker73.56-1.5/2303SOSchertz, TX/Samuel Clemens
66hoge tristenHoge, TristenOffensive Line76.56-4.5/2811FRPocatello, ID/Highland
15holmes coreyHolmes, CoreyWide Receiver72.56-.5/1843SOPembroke Pines, FL/St. Thomas Aquinas
18hounshell chaseHounshell, ChaseTight End76.56-4.5/2559GSKirtland, OH/Lake Catholic
16hunter jr. toriiHunter Jr., ToriiWide Receiver726-0/1905JRProsper, TX/Prosper
37hunter omarHunter, OmarWide Receiver695-9/1905JRHarlingen, TX/Harlingen
94jones jarronJones, JarronDefensive Line77.56-5.5/3157SRRochester, NY/Aquinas Institute
64kilander ryanKilander, RyanDefensive Line726-0/3103SORancho Santa Margarita, CA/Santa Margarita
14kizer deshoneKizer, DeShoneQuarterback76.56-4.5/2303SOToledo, OH/Central Catholic
52larkin austinLarkin, AustinLinebacker756-3/2455JRSan Ramon, CA/Dougherty Valley
13luatua tylerLuatua, TylerTight End74.56-2.5/2503SOParamount, CA/La Mirada
36luke coleLuke, ColeCornerback715-11/1905JRChandler, AZ/Hamilton
72martin nickMartin, NickOffensive Line76.56-4.5/3019GSIndianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard
48martini greerMartini, GreerLinebacker74.56-2.5/2403SOCary, NC/Woodberry Forest
89matuska jacobMatuska, JacobDefensive Line76.56-4.5/2955JRColumbus, OH/Bishop Hartley
87mazza patrickMazza, PatrickDefensive Line796-7/2775JRGlen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West
68mcglinchey mikeMcGlinchey, MikeOffensive Line79.56-7.5/3105JRPhiladelphia, PA/William Penn Charter
62mcgovern colinMcGovern, ColinOffensive Line76.56-4.5/3155JRNew Lenox, IL/Lincoln-Way West
46mcosker eamonMcOsker, EamonSafety71.55-11.5/2057SRSan Pedro, CA/Loyola
96mokwuah peterMokwuah, PeterDefensive Line756-3/3173SOStaten Island, NY/St. Joseph-by-the-Sea
60montelus johnMontelus, JohnOffensive Line766-4/3105JREverett, MA/Everett
5morgan nylesMorgan, NylesLinebacker736-1/2373SOCrete, IL/Crete-Monee
53mustipher samMustipher, SamOffensive Line746-2/3053SOOlney, MD/Good Counsel
56nelson quentonNelson, QuentonOffensive Line76.56-4.5/3253SOHolmdel, NJ/Red Bank Catholic
85newsome tylerNewsome, TylerPunter/Kicker74.56-2.5/2053SOCarrollton, GA/Carrollton
45okwara romeoOkwara, RomeoDefensive Line766-4/2607SRCharlotte, NC/Ardrey Kell
17onwualu jamesOnwualu, JamesLinebacker736-1/2205JRSaint Paul, MN/Cretin-Derham Hall
20prosise c.j.Prosise, C.J.Wide Receiver72.56-.5/2207SRPetersburg, VA/Woodberry Forest
44randolph dougRandolph, DougLinebacker746-2/2405JRRichmond, VA/Woodberry Forest
39recker drewRecker, DrewSafety715-11/2055JRLindenhurst, IL/Lakes
10redfield maxRedfield, MaxSafety736-1/1985JRMission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo
88robinson coreyRobinson, CoreyWide Receiver76.56-4.5/2155JRSan Antonio, TX/San Antonio Christian
90rochell isaacRochell, IsaacDefensive Line75.56-3.5/2875JRMcDonough, GA/Eagle's Landing Christian
28ross austinRoss, AustinRunning Back705-10/2065JRConyers, GA/Morgan County
49ross baileyRoss, BaileyRunning Back705-10/2025JRConyers, GA/Morgan County
38schmidt joeSchmidt, JoeLinebacker72.56-.5/2359GSOrange, CA/Mater Dei
85sheridan busterSheridan, BusterWide Receiver756-3/1995JRChicago, IL/Mount Carmel
22shumate elijahShumate, ElijahSafety726-0/2137SREast Orange, NJ/Don Bosco Prep
99smith hunterSmith, HunterLong Snapper756-3/2137SRRaleigh, NC/Cardinal Gibbons
9smith jaylonSmith, JaylonLinebacker74.56-2.5/2355JRFort Wayne, IN/Bishop Luers
80smythe durhamSmythe, DurhamTight End76.56-4.5/2455JRBelton, TX/Belton
78stanley ronnieStanley, RonnieOffensive Line77.56-5.5/3157SRLas Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman
89suttman benSuttman, BenTight End746-2/2325JRKettering, OH/Archbishop Alter
99tillery jerryTillery, JerryDefensive Line78.56-6.5/3001FRShreveport, LA/Evangel Christian Academy
23tranquill drueTranquill, DrueSafety73.56-1.5/2253SOFort Wayne, IN/Carroll
98trumbetti andrewTrumbetti, AndrewDefensive Line75.56-3.5/2553SODemarest, NJ/Northern Valley Regional
31turner johnTurner, JohnSafety72.56-.5/2257SRIndianapolis, IN/Cathedral
4vangorder montgomeryVanGorder, MontgomeryQuarterback726-0/2153SOBuford, GA/Buford
21watkins nickWatkins, NickCornerback726-0/2003SODeSoto, TX/Bishop Dunne
26webster austinWebster, AustinWide Receiver746-2/1903SOBeverly Hills, CA/Windward
82weishar nicWeishar, NicTight End766-4/2413SOMidlothian, IL/Marist
33williams jhonnyWilliams, JhonnyDefensive Line766-4/2603SOBenton Harbor, MI/Berrien Springs
8zaire malikZaire, MalikQuarterback726-0/2225JRKettering, OH/Archbishop Alter


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