The Notre Dame football team will look a little bit different come this fall. No more Ian Book, four of the five starting offensive linemen, defensive stars in Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, and edge rushers Daelin Hayes and Adetokunbo Ogundeji are gone as well. Who steps up to become a star?
Let’s dive in to find out.
Notre Dame had a weird 2020 season, but at the time it was a fun year for those who enjoy Notre Dame football.
What made the season weird for the Irish was that they played in the ACC Conference due to the pandemic. Notre Dame also played in their first-ever conference championship game as well.
You will not forget the year 2020 for obvious reasons, but when you play sports trivia down the road and the question is: when did Notre Dame play in their first-ever conference championship for football? You now know the answer.
Notre Dame would not have made the ACC Championship game if they did not have a great year on the gridiron. The Irish had a very exciting and successful regular season going 10-0. Notre Dame also earned a trip to the playoffs for the second time in the last three years.
Notre Dame ran into the eventual National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the semifinals and lost 31-14. The main goal is always to be the last one standing at the end of the year. That obviously did not happen for Notre Dame football, but still a season to be proud of for the Irish.
The Irish lose main pieces every year like everybody else, but they also have a lot of younger talent returning as well to South Bend in 2021 and beyond. Notre Dame has been very good on the recruiting trail recently, so they do have depth on the roster to get their shot on the field now.
Some key returners for Notre Dame in 2021 are running backs Kyren Williams, Chris Tyree, wide receiver Avery Davis, tight end Michael Mayer, and the biggest star on either side of the ball now in safety Kyle Hamilton. Notre Dame also had a top ten recruiting class, so it will be interesting to see who gets some playing time this year too.
To make this more fun none of the players mentioned above will be selected. Here are three players who will become stars for the Irish in 2021.