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Notre Dame is coming off an appearance in the College Football Playoff, but it has zero intentions of stopping there. After all, it’s not the like Fighting Irish gave much of a showing against eventual champion Alabama.
But hope remains. And so do some serious questions.
First, the Irish still have yet to determine who will start at quarterback. That’s only the most important position on the field. So, who might be the main man under center?
“Wisconsin transfer Jack Coan was the most consistent player this spring and he certainly has the most experience,” wrote SI Fan Nation’s Bryan Driskell. “I’m quite high on Coan, but he still needs to fend off sophomore Drew Pyne and freshman Tyler Buchner.”
Then there’s the offensive line. You know, the guys charged with protecting whoever the QB may be. There are plenty of question marks and perhaps some doubts there, too.
“We knew going into the spring that Notre Dame’s offensive line would be a problem, and it ended the spring as the biggest question mark,” Driskell wrote. “Notre Dame ended the spring with two true freshmen in the starting lineup, and that’s not a good sign no matter how good those freshmen are.”
Still, Irish coach Brian Kelly indicated that spring is a time for trial and error, and there are enough veterans on the line to keep defenses at bay.
As for wide receiver, it seems to be business as usual, which is good news for the Irish.
“Notre Dame’s wide receiver unit had a quality spring, with fifth-year senior Avery Davis stepping into a leadership role and Lawrence Keys III developing into a playmaker for the Irish,” Driskell wrote. “Davis and Keys were regulars in the Notre Dame highlights after practice, and they were the two best pass catchers in the Blue-Gold Game.”