2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by Brian Kelly, in his tenth season at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish played their home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana and competed as an independent.[1]

2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Camping World Bowl champion
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 12
2019 record11–2
Head coachBrian Kelly (10th season)
Offensive coordinatorChip Long (3rd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorClark Lea (2nd season)
Base defense4–2–5
CaptainIan Book
Chris Finke
Julian Okwara
Khalid Kareem
Jalen Elliott
Alohi Gilman
Robert Hainsey
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium
(Capacity: 77,622)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Notre Dame           11 2  
Liberty           8 5  
BYU           7 6  
Army           5 8  
New Mexico State           2 10  
UMass           1 11  
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The 2018 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team finished 12–1 on the season, with an undefeated regular season followed by a 30–3 loss to the Clemson Tigers in the Cotton Bowl Classic, their first appearance in the College Football Playoff. Clemson would go on to defeat Alabama 44–16 in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Coaching changesEdit

Departures

Autry Denson, the former running backs coach of the Fighting Irish, accepted the head coaching position at Charleston Southern University.

Additions

Lance Taylor was hired to replace Denson as running backs coach.[2] Taylor previously spent time with the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, coaching wide receivers, and at Stanford University, coaching running backs.

The Shirt 2019Edit

The 30-year-old tradition of "The Shirt Project" continued with the unveiling of the 2019 edition student t-shirt. For the first time, there is a sweatshirt to go with the traditional tee.

The project has sold more than 2.5 million shirts and raised more than $11 million over its 30 years of existence. Each year, a committee of students designs a shirt to raise money for Notre Dame student clubs and organizations. Actor Patrick Warburton was on hand for the ceremony, as was Coach Kelly.

This year's t-shirt features 'Notre Dame' in 1930's art deco lettering to mirror the style that is found all throughout the Stadium. It is set on a faded blue background and includes a very traditional white football and a clover in the middle.[3]

Blue–Gold GameEdit

The 90th edition of The Blue–Gold Game, an annual spring exhibition game, was played on April 13, 2019 at Notre Dame Stadium and was broadcast on NBCSN. It served as the 15th and final spring practice for the Irish. The Gold Team (defense) beat the Blue Team (offense) by the score of 58–45.

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[4] Alohi Gilman S SR
Maxwell Award[5] Ian Book QB SR
Bednarik Award[6] Julian Okwara DE SR
Bednarik Award[7] Khalid Kareem DE SR
Jim Thorpe Award[8] Alohi Gilman S SR
Wuerffel Trophy[9] Jalen Elliott S SR
Walter Camp Award[10] Ian Book QB SR

Training campEdit

The Irish officially kicked off the 2019 season as they do every season, traveling just under an hour south of campus to Culver Academies in Culver, IN, for an intense five-day training camp. The first practice of the season began in Culver on Sunday, August 4, and the team continued to practice in Culver until Thursday, August 8, at which point the Irish returned to campus to continue its training camp until fall classes begin on Tuesday, August 27.

Team captainsEdit

On Saturday, August 10, the day of Notre Dame's first practice of the season on campus, Brian Kelly publicly announced the captains for the 2019 Irish football team captains. These captains are Ian Book, Chris Finke, Julian Okwara, Khalid Kareem, Jalen Elliott, Alohi Gilman, and Robert Hainsey. Six of these seven captains are seniors or older, with Hainsey being the lone junior captain this season.

2019 recruiting classEdit

Notre Dame received 22 signed letters of intent, including 21 during the early signing period. The Class of 2019 includes 10 early enrollees, the most ever for the program, who opted to graduate high school early so that they could train and practice with the team during the 2018 spring semester.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 28:00 p.m.at LouisvilleNo. 9ESPNW 35–1758,187
September 142:30 p.m.New MexicoNo. 7NBCW 66–1477,622
September 218:00 p.m.at No. 3 GeorgiaNo. 7CBSL 17–2393,246
September 283:30 p.m.No. 18 VirginiaNo. 10
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCW 35–2077,622
October 53:30 p.m.Bowling GreenNo. 9
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCW 52–077,622
October 127:30 p.m.USCNo. 9
NBCW 30–2777,622
October 267:30 p.m.at No. 19 MichiganNo. 8ABCL 14–45111,909
November 22:30 p.m.Virginia TechNo. 16
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCW 21–2077,622
November 97:30 p.m.at DukeNo. 15ACCNW 38–740,004
November 162:30 p.m.No. 23 NavyNo. 16
NBCW 52–2074,080
November 232:30 p.m.Boston CollegeNo. 16
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (Holy War)
NBCW 40–771,827
November 304:00 p.m.at StanfordNo. 15FoxW 45–2437,391
December 2812:00 p.m.vs. Iowa StateNo. 14ABCW 33–946,948

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RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 9 8 7 7 10 9 9 8 8 16 15 16 15 15 14 12 
Coaches 9 8 7 7 10 10 10 8 7 16 15 16 15 15 14 11 
CFP Not released 15 16 16 16 15 Not released

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Year at Notre Dame Alma Mater (Year)
Brian Kelly Head Football Coach 10th Assumption (1982)
Mike Elston Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line 10th Michigan (1998)
Brian Polian Recruiting Coordinator/Special Teams Coordinator 8th John Carroll (1997)
Clark Lea Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 3rd Vanderbilt (2004)
Chip Long Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends 3rd North Alabama (2005)
Jeff Quinn Offensive Line 5th (2nd in position) Elmhurst (1984)
Todd Lyght Defensive Backs 4th Notre Dame (1991)
Del Alexander Wide Receivers 3rd USC (1995)
Tom Rees Quarterbacks 3rd Notre Dame (2013)
Terry Joseph Defensive Pass Game Coordinator/Safeties 2nd Northwestern State (1996)
Lance Taylor Running Backs 1st Alabama (2003)
Matt Balis Director of Football Performance 3rd Northern Illinois (1996)
Bill Rees Director of Scouting 3rd Ohio Wesleyan (1976)
Clay Bignell Senior Defensive Analyst 4th Montana State (2011)
Tyler Plantz Special Teams Analyst 5th (3rd in position) Notre Dame (2014)
Jacob Flint Co-Director of Football Strength & Conditioning 10th Central Michigan (2007)
Robert Stiner Assistant Director of Football Strength & Conditioning 2nd Belhaven (2008)
David Grimes Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach 9th Notre Dame (2009)

RosterEdit

2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Roster

Quarterbacks

  •  7 Brendan Clark – Freshman
  • 12 Ian BookSenior (6'0, 208)
  • 14 J.D. Carney – Junior (5'10, 180)
  • 15 Phil Jurkovec – Sophomore (6'5, 225)
  • 17 Nolan Henry – Graduate Student (6'1, 195)

Running Backs

  •  6 Tony Jones, Jr. – Senior (5'11, 227)
  •  8 Jafar Armstrong – Junior (6'1, 220)
  • 16 Cameron Ekanayake – Junior (6'2, 202)
  • 20 C'Bo Flemister – Sophomore (5'11, 195)
  • 23 Kyren Williams — Freshman (5'9, 209)
  • 32 Mick Assaf – Senior (5'11, 215)
  • 34 Jahmir Smith – Sophomore (5'11, 207)
  •  4 Avery Davis — Junior (5'11, 200)

Wide Receivers

  •  4 Kevin Austin, Jr. – Sophomore (6'2, 210)
  •  9 Cam Hart – Freshman
  • 10 Chris Finke – Graduate Student (5'9, 175)
  • 13 Lawrence Keys III – Sophomore (5'10, 172)
  • 17 Isaiah Robertson – Junior (6'2, 202)
  • 18 Joe Wilkins, Jr. – Sophomore (6'2, 190)
  • 22 Kendall Abdur-Rahman – Freshman
  • 25 Braden Lenzy – Sophomore (5'11, 184)
  • 26 Leo Albano – Sophomore (6'1, 212)
  • 27 Arion Shinaver – Senior (6'1, 184)
  • 29 Matt Salerno – Sophomore (6'1, 188)
  • 43 Greg Mailey – Sophomore (6'1, 200)
  • 80 Micah Jones – Sophomore (6'5, 215)
  • 83 Chase ClaypoolSenior (6'4, 229)
  • 87 Michael Young, Jr. – Junior (5'10, 190)
  • 88 Javon McKinley – Senior (6'2, 215)

Tight Ends

  • 24 Tommy Tremble – Sophomore (6'3, 237)
  • 48 Xavier Lezynski – Junior (6'2, 205)
  • 49 Jack Henige – Junior (6'5, 235)
  • 81 John Lager – Graduate Student
  • 84 Cole KmetJunior (6'6, 255)
  • 85 George Takacs – Sophomore (6'6, 255)
  • 89 Brock Wright – Junior (6’5, 250)
 

Offensive Linemen

  • 53 Zeke Correll – Freshman (6'3, 275)
  • 55 Jarrett Patterson – Sophomore (6'5, 300)
  • 56 John Dirksen – Sophomore (6'5, 310)
  • 57 Trevor Ruhland – Graduate Student (6'4, 293)
  • 60 Cole Mabry – Sophomore (6'5, 273)
  • 61 Colin Grunhard – Junior (6'1, 282)
  • 62 Logan Plantz – Graduate Student (6'2, 310)
  • 64 Max Siegel – Sophomore (6'2, 305)
  • 69 Aaron Banks – Junior (6'6, 325)
  • 71 John Olmstead — Freshman (6'5, 280)
  • 72 Robert Hainsey – Junior (6'5, 298)
  • 73 Andrew Kristofic — Freshman (6'5, 275)
  • 74 Liam Eichenberg – Senior (6'6, 305)
  • 75 Josh Lugg – Junior (6'7, 310)
  • 76 Dillan Gibbons – Junior (6'4, 308)
  • 77 Quinn Carroll — Freshman (6'7, 285)
  • 78 Tommy Kraemer – Senior (6'6, 319)

Defensive Linemen

  •  9 Daelin Hayes – Senior (6'4, 268)
  • 18 NaNa Osafo-Mensah – Freshman (6'3, 235)
  • 19 Justin Ademilola – Sophomore (6'2, 250)
  • 29 Ovie Oghoufo — Sophomore (6'3, 230)
  • 41 Kurt Hinish – Junior (6'2, 295)
  • 42 Julian OkwaraSenior (6'5, 240)
  • 44 Jamir Jones – Senior (6'3, 257)
  • 47 Kofi Wardlow – Junior (6'2, 245)
  • 53 Khalid KareemSenior (6'4, 262)
  • 54 Jacob Lacey — Freshman (6'2, 295)
  • 55 Ja’Mion Franklin — Sophomore (6'1, 308)
  • 57 Jayson Ademilola – Sophomore (6'3, 285)
  • 62 Logan Plantz — Graduate Student (6'2, 292)
  • 90 Hunter Spears — Freshman (6'4, 290)
  • 91 Adetokunbo Ogundeji – Senior (6'4, 250)
  • 93 Zane Heemsoth – Freshman
  • 95 Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa – Junior (6'3, 286)

Kickers

  • 39 Jonathan Doerer – Sophomore (6'3, 200)
  • 98 Harrison Leonard – Freshman

Punters

  • 19 Jay Bramblett — Freshman (6'2, 189)
  • 30 Jake Rittman — Sophomore (6'3, 205)
 

Linebackers

  •  2 Jordan Genmark-Heath – Junior (6'1, 231)
  • 13 Paul Moala — Sophomore (6'0, 210)
  • 22 Asmar Bilal – Graduate Student (6'2, 227)
  • 24 Jack Kiser — Freshman (6'2, 212)
  • 27 JD Bertrand – Freshman
  • 30 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – Junior (6'2, 215)
  • 31 Jack Lamb – Sophomore (6'4, 227)
  • 33 Shayne Simon – Sophomore (6'3, 230)
  • 35 Marist Liufau – Freshman
  • 40 Drew White – Junior (6'0, 225)
  • 45 Jonathan Jones – Senior (6'0 227)
  • 50 Reed Gregory — Junior (6'0, 210)
  • 52 Bo Bauer – Sophomore (6'3, 230)

Defensive Backs

  • 12 D. J. Brown – Sophomore (6'0, 192)
  • 25 John Mahoney – Junior (6'0, 205)
  • 37 Chase Love — Sophomore (6'0, 190)
  • 39 Brandon Garcia — Senior (5'8, 197)
  • 43 Marcus Thorne — Sophomore (6'1, 204)

Cornerbacks

  •  3 Houston Griffith – Sophomore (6'0, 205)
  •  5 Troy Pride Jr.Senior (6'0, 194)
  •  8 Donte Vaughn – Senior (6’3, 210)
  • 15 Isaiah Rutherford – Freshman
  • 16 KJ Wallace – Freshman
  • 20 Shaun Crawford – Graduate Student (5'9, 186)
  • 26 Temitope Agoro – Senior (6'1, 203)
  • 28 Tariq Bracy – Sophomore (5'10, 172)

Safeties

  •  7 Derrik Allen – Sophomore (6'2, 220)
  • 11 Alohi Gilman – Senior (5'11, 201)
  • 14 Kyle Hamilton – Freshman
  • 21 Jalen Elliott – Senior (6'1, 210)
  • 32 Patrick Pelini – Junior (6'1, 188)
  • 38 Christopher Schilling – Senior (5'11, 204)

Long Snappers

  • 46 Axel Raarup — Sophomore (6'0, 195)
  • 54 John Shannon – Senior (6'2, 238)
  • 65 Michael Vinson — Sophomore (6'2, 221)

Game summariesEdit

at LouisvilleEdit

Notre Dame at Louisville
1 234Total
No. 9 Fighting Irish 14 777 35
Cardinals 14 003 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 Nov. 22, 2014 L, 28–31

New MexicoEdit

New Mexico at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Lobos 0 707 14
No. 7 Fighting Irish 7 311414 66
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at GeorgiaEdit

Notre Dame at Georgia
(College GameDay)
1 234Total
No. 7 Fighting Irish 0 1007 17
No. 3 Bulldogs 0 7610 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 Sep. 9, 2017 L, 19–20

VirginiaEdit

Virginia at Notre Dame
1 234Total
No. 18 Cavaliers 7 1003 20
No. 10 Fighting Irish 14 0147 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 Sep. 12, 2015 W, 34–27

Bowling GreenEdit

Bowling Green at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Falcons 0 000 0
No. 9 Fighting Irish 21 14107 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

USCEdit

USC at Notre Dame
(Jeweled Shillelagh)
1 234Total
Trojans 3 01014 27
No. 9 Fighting Irish 0 17310 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
46–36–5 Nov. 24, 2018 W, 24–17

at MichiganEdit

Notre Dame at Michigan
(rivalry)
1 234Total
No. 8 Fighting Irish 0 077 14
No. 19 Wolverines 3 14721 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–24–1 Sep. 1, 2018 W, 24–17

Notre Dame was routed by No. 19 Michigan 45-14, snapping an 8-game losing streak to top 10 teams for the Wolverines. The loss, combined with the loss to Georgia earlier in the season, ended Notre Dame's hopes to qualify for the playoffs.

Virginia TechEdit

Virginia Tech at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Hokies 7 733 20
No. 16 Fighting Irish 7 707 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 Oct. 6, 2018 W, 45–23

After poor performances against USC and Michigan, Notre Dame stepped up defensively against Virginia Tech. The hokies were held to their lowest total yards game since 2015 and lowest yards per play since 2016 in what was billed as "one of the best group effort performances" ever seen by Sports Illustrated sportswriter Bryan Driskell.[12] Yet, Notre Dame still needed a late touchdown to win the game by a final score 21–20 and Notre Dame extended their home winning streak to 16 games.[13]

After this win, ESPN analysts Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach both projected that Notre Dame will play Kansas State in the Camping World Bowl on December 28 in Orlando, Florida as a part of their Week 10 predictions[14] Notre Dame (ranked #15 after this week) "did not exactly play an inspired game in a come-from-behind win over Virginia Tech" according to ESPN Analyst Andrea Adelson. However, Notre Dame is projected for a ten-win season.[15]

at DukeEdit

Notre Dame at Duke
1 234Total
No. 15 Fighting Irish 14 7710 38
Blue Devils 0 700 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 Sep. 24, 2016 L, 35–38

NavyEdit

Navy at Notre Dame
(Rip Miller Trophy)
1 234Total
No. 23 Midshipmen 0 3710 20
No. 16 Fighting Irish 14 2477 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
76–13–1 Oct. 27, 2018 W, 44–22

Boston CollegeEdit

Boston College at Notre Dame
(Holy War)
1 234Total
Eagles 0 700 7
No. 16 Fighting Irish 3 13177 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–9 Sep. 16, 2017 W, 49–20

at StanfordEdit

Notre Dame at Stanford
(Legends Trophy)
1 234Total
No. 16 Fighting Irish 7 14717 45
Cardinal 10 707 24
  • Date: November 30, 2019
  • Location: Stanford Stadium
    Palo Alto, CA
  • Game start: 1:04 p.m. PST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 29 minutes
  • Game attendance: 37,391
  • Game weather: Temperature: 48 °F (9 °C) • Weather: Cloudy and Showers • Wind: SE 20 MPH
  • Referee: Gary Patterson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Coley Harvey (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–13 Sep. 29, 2018 W, 38–17

vs. Iowa State (Camping World Bowl)Edit

Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
(Camping World Bowl)
1 234Total
No. 14 Fighting Irish 10 10103 33
Cyclones 0 630 9
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ "Alohi Gilman Named to Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List". July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Jalen Elliott Named to Wuerffel Trophy Watch List". July 25, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "Ian Book Named to the 2019 Walter Camp Player of the Year Preseason Watch List". July 26, 2019. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  11. ^ Kelley, Kevin (13 April 2019). "Notre Dame sets kickoff times for home football games in 2019". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Driskell, Bryan (November 4, 2019). "Grades: Notre Dame Defense vs. Virginia Tech". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  13. ^ Berardino, Mike (November 2, 2019). "No. 16 Notre Dame needs late touchdown to get past Virginia Tech". USA Today. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Bonagura, Kyle; Schlabach, Mark (November 3, 2019). "College Football Bowl Projections". ESPN. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  15. ^ Adelson, Andrea (November 3, 2019). "What's next for the new Top 25 (No. 15 Notre Dame)". ESPN. Retrieved November 3, 2019.