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Inside ND Sports' Notre Dame depth chart projection for Gator Bowl

No. 21 Irish take on No. 19 South Carolina, Dec. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla,
No. 21 Irish take on No. 19 South Carolina, Dec. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla, (Jeff Douglas, Inside ND Sports)

Here's our latest Notre Dame depth chart projection heading into 21st-ranked Notre Dame's Gator Bowl matchup with No. 19 South Carolina on Friday. This Inside ND Sports projection is based on the official Notre Dame two-deeps, conversations with head coach Marcus Freeman, his coaching staff and players, and observations from practice and will be updated regularly as needed in the run-up to the bowl game.

We've included injured players at the bottom of the positional depth chart if they're not expected to be available for the bowl game but remain on the 2022 roster. OR indicates a dead heat on the depth chart between that player and the player listed directly below him.

We've excluded players who have announced they're opting out for the NFL Draft or who have entered the transfer portal. Players in the transfer portal comprise QB Drew Pyne, WR Joe Wilkins Jr., DT Jacob Lacey, DE Ositadinma Ekwonu, CB Jayden Bellamy and TE Cane Berrong. Players who have opted out for NFL Draft reasons are Michael Mayer and Isaiah Foskey.

Notably is this last revision, reflecting ND's official depth chart, Justin Ademilola moves to vyper end from field end and Rylie Mills moves from defensive tackle to field end. A Thursday update from Freeman included that starting defensive tackle Jayson Ademilola is out with an undisclosed injury and that safety Brandon Joseph (ankle) will be a gametime decision.

OFFENSE

Field Receiver
No. Player Ht. Wt. Year

4

Lorenzo Styles

6-1

195

So./So.

16

Deion Colzie

6-5

211

So./So.

Slot Receiver
No. Player Height Weight Year

83

Jayden Thomas

6-2

215

So/Fr.

29

Matt Salerno

6-1

195

Gr./Sr.

3

Avery Davis-x

5-11

198

Gr./Sr.+

Left Tackle
No. Player Height Weight Year

76

Joe Alt

6-8

317

So./So.

79

Tosh Baker

6-8

310

Jr./So.

77

Ty Chan

6-5

310

Fr./Fr.

59

Aamil Wagner

6-6

267

Fr./Fr.

Left Guard
No. Player Height Weight Year

73

Jarrett Patterson

6-5

310

Gr./Sr.

73

Andrew Kristofic

6-5

300

Sr./Jr.

70

Ashton Craig

6-4

293

Fr./Fr.

Center
No. Player Height Weight Year

52

Zeke Correll

6-3

308

Sr./Jr.

78

Pat Coogan

6-5

309

So./Fr.

53

Quinn Murphy

6-5

314

Sr./Sr.

Right Guard
No. Player Height Weight Year

75

Josh Lugg

6-7

316

Gr./Sr.+

50

Rocco Spindler

6-5

315

So./Fr.

74

Billy Schrauth

6-5

302

Fr./Fr.

Right Tackle
No. Player Height Weight Year

54

Blake Fisher

6-6

327

So./Fr.

68

Michael Carmody

6-6

280

Jr./So.

72

Caleb Johnson

6-6

295

So./Fr.

Tight End
No. Player Height Weight Year

88

Mitchell Evans

6-5

255

So./So.

85

Holden Staes

6-4

226

Fr./Fr.

38

Davis Sherwood

6-3

228

So./So.

84

Kevin Bauman-x

6-5

252

Jr./So.

9

Eli Raridon-x

6-7

245

Fr./Fr.

Boundary Receiver
No. Player Height Weight Year

0

Braden Lenzy

5-11

182

Gr./Sr.

15

Tobias Merriweather

6-4

198

Fr./Fr.

Quarterback
No. Player Height Weight Year

12

Tyler Buchner

6-1

215

So./So.

18

Steve Angeli

6-2

211

Fr./Fr.

11

Ron Powlus III

6-3

227

So./Fr.

Running Back
No. Player Height Weight Year

3

Logan Diggs OR

6-0

214

So./So.

7

Audric Estimé OR

6-0

229

So./So..

25

Chris Tyree

5-10

197

Jr./Jr.

13

Gi'Bran Payne

5-9

195

Fr./Fr.

20

Jadarian Price-x

5-10

197

Fr./Fr.

DEFENSE

Vyper End
No. Player Height Weight Year

9

Justin Ademilola

6-2

253

Gr./Sr.

44

Jordan Botelho

6-3

250

Jr./Jr.

44

Junior Tuihalamaka

6-2

240

Fr./Fr.

40

Joshua Burnham

6-4

233

Fr./Fr.

Defensive Tackle
No. Player Height Weight Year

65

Chris Smith

6-1

310

Gr./Sr.+

99

Rylie Mills

6-5

298

Jr./Jr.

98

Tyson Ford

6-4

275

Fr./Fr.

41

Donovan Hinish

6-2

280

Fr./Fr.

57

Jayson Ademilola-x

6-3

285

Gr./Sr.+

Nose Guard
No. Player Height Weight Year

56

Howard Cross III

6-1

276

Sr./Jr.

97

Gabe Rubio

6-5

295

So./Fr.

92

Aidan Keanaaina

6-3

323

Jr./So.

47

Jason Onye

6-5

283

So./Fr.

Field End
No. Player Height Weight Year

99

Rylie Mills

6-5

292

Jr./Jr.

31

Nana Osafo-Mensah

6-3

250

Sr./Jr.

90

Alexander Ehrensberger

6-7

267

Jr./So

91

Aiden Gobaira

6-4

241

Fr./Fr.

Rover
No. Player Height Weight Year

24

Jack Kiser

6-2

223

Sr./Jr.

27

JD Bertrand

6-1

230

Sr./Jr.

17

Jaylen Sneed

6-1

215

Fr./Fr.

42

Nolan Ziegler

6-3

220

Fr./Fr.

Weakside Linebacker
No. Player Height Weight Year

8

Marist Liufau

6-2

235

Sr./Jr.

10

Prince Kollie

6-1

220

So./So.

24

Jack Kiser

6-2

223

Sr./Jr.

48

Will Schweitzer-x

6-4

225

So./Fr.

Middle Linebacker
No. Player Height Weight Year

27

JD Bertrand

6-1

230

Sr./Jr.

44

Junior Tuihalamaka

6-2

240

Fr./Fr.

52

Bo Bauer-x

6-3

235

Gr./Sr.+

Boundary Cornerback
No. Player Height Weight Year

28

TaRiq Bracy

5-10

185

Gr./Sr.+

21

Jaden Mickey

6-0

176

Fr./Fr.

18

Chance Tucker

6-0

187

So./Fr.

15

Ryan Barnes

6-2

190

So./Fr.

5

Cam Hart-x

6-3

198

Sr./Jr.

Free Safety
No. Player Height Weight Year

16

Brandon Joseph-y

6-1

196

Sr./Jr.

11

Ramon Henderson

6-1

190

Jr./Jr.

22

Justin Walters

6-1

193

So./Fr.

Strong Safety
No. Player Height Weight Year

2

DJ Brown

6-0

200

Gr./Sr.

26

Xavier Watts

6-0

193

Jr./So.

3

Houston Griffith

6-0

205

Gr./Sr.+

Field Cornerback
No. Player Height Weight Year

20

Benjamin Morrison

6-0

179

Fr./Fr.

6

Clarence Lewis

6-0

203

Jr./Jr.

25

Philip Riley

6-0

195

So./Fr.

Nickel
No. Player Height Weight Year

28

TaRiq Bracy

5-10

185

Gr./Sr.+

6

Clarence Lewis

6-0

203

Jr./Jr.

11

Ramon Henderson

6-1

190

Jr./Jr.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Place-Kicker
No. Player Height Weight Year

99

Blake Grupe

5-7

156

Gr./Sr.+

92

Zac Yoakam

5-8

180

Fr./Fr.

91

Josh Bryan

6-0

191

So./Fr.

Punter
No. Player Height Weight Year

39

Jon Sot

5-11

198

Gr./Sr.+

14

Bryce McFerson

6-2

190

Fr./Fr.

32

Chris Salerno

5-11

190

So./So.

Kickoffs
No. Player Height Weight Year

92

Zac Yoakam

5-8

180

Fr./Fr.

14

Bryce McFerson

6-2

190

Fr./Fr.

Holder
No. Player Height Weight Year

39

Jon Sot

5-11

198

Gr./Sr.+

14

Bryce McFerson

6-2

190

Fr./Fr.

Long Snapper
No. Player Height Weight Year

65

Michael Vinson

6-2

228

Gr./Sr.

44

Alex Peitsch

6-1

215

Jr./So.

51

Rino Monteforte

5-7

210

Fr./Fr.

Kickoff Returns
No. Player Height Weight Year

25

Chris Tyree

5-10

197

Jr./Jr.

13

Gi'Bran Payne

5-9

195

Fr./Fr.

4

Lorenzo Styles

6-1

195

So./So.

0

Braden Lenzy

5-11

182

Gr./Sr.

Punt Returns
No. Player Height Weight Year

16

Brandon Joseph

6-1

196

Sr./Jr.

29

Matt Salerno

6-1

195

Gr./Sr.

13

Gi'Bran Payne

5-9

195

Fr./Fr.

x-Denotes player expected to miss at least the bowl game due to injury.

y-Denotes player returning from injury who may be available for the bowl game.

+-Denotes player exercising extra year of eligibility through COVID exemption.

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