By the end of the 2020 college football season and 2021, everyone dropped their top 25 “too fast” (which indicates it was right on time), so let’s face it, the Irishman will adjust. How did the last season
They have answered a few questions in bringing graduates transfer defender Jackoan and hiring the much-sought-after Marcus Freeman to be defensive coach. Here are the two biggest question marks heading into 2021, and the answer is as good as it gets.
How will the rest of the off-season bring the answer: How does the attacking line shake? What does the wide receiving / turning room look like? Who happened at the cornerback? How do those judges ultimately tell the Irish story of next season?
With that in mind, there are four ways Notre Dame needs to stay offensive and defensive in order to make 2021a successful year.
Reduced Kyren Williams’ workload.
Kyren Williams is Notre Dame’s 2020 star as a runner, defender and pass-defense. In his 12-game season, he finished with the second highest all-purpose yards of the Kelly era (1,438), finishing only behind Josh Adams in 2017 (1,531) .In many ways, he was behind the scenes. The offense of Notre Dame; Although he is small. But he was able to run with energy inside, destroying big plays and stunned us with his open field abilities. As mentioned, Notre will have to reduce his workload in 2021 to get the best from him towards the end of the season.
Williams registered 246 offensive touches in 2020, averaging about 21 per game, a number more than if he hadn’t hurt his shoulders in the first half against Boston College. The next closest skilled player is Chris Tyree, who has 81 offensive hits (roughly seven per game), with 17 facing Boston College when Williams missed a good part of the action. 21 to seven where running back was too much of a disparity Williams’ size is what it is and the bulking he has. But will hinder his game This does not take into account the countless hits that Williams has made as the best team in defense of the pass.
Dame must find a way to turn the running back position into a) keep the best players fresh b) make the most of the position. They have Williams, they won the Tyree recruits, C’Bo Flemister has enrolled more than 110 touches in his career, and two freshmen have come in to find two or three people who can share the load over time. Game. Best for everyone involved.
Bringing back the RPO game
My greatest thing from this playoff season is that Notre Dame needs to bring their RPO offense back into the fold. Alabama crushed us with very short passes, with 15 of their 25 passes coming from 0-5 yards, with LOS over 100 yards on three that came from the RPO concept (two tilts and swing pass )
Notre Dame specializes in this very much in 2018 with Ian Book, but most of them were abandoned in 2019 with Chip Long’s call playing and again in 2020 with Tommy Rees, with the highlight of Jack Coan’s game – the release of the game. Fast, good, short, accurate decision-makers. Adding this to an offensive game feels like a no-brainer. It also compliments running games by discouraging blitzes as empty substitutes only open the way for the games to pass. Taking advantage of your offensive strength, including getting back what killed you last year.
Make the most of Kyle Hamilton.
Hamilton led the team with 63 tackles despite missing two full games with an ankle injury, plus the other half with a goal kick. In fact, this is like more than 80 tackles from our free save season and he’s ready to lead the team in a double-digit header. It was also the first time a defensive defender led a defense in a header in the Kelly era.
Some have to do with Hamilton being a great player. But it is also a sign that he has been asked to cover up the flaws in the reserve forces. Three players who have made a lot of time at Buck this season – Marist Liufau, Shayne Simon and Jack Kiser, together made 56 tackles in 2020 Hamilton, a total of 4.5 tackles for losses in nine-and-a-half games. While the trio at Buck counts 5.5. You get the idea.
Part of getting the most out of Hamilton includes defining the bug so that he doesn’t have to be a blockade for a short coming, this is a lot we saw with Jaylon Smith in 2015, not a thing. That Notre Dame wanted to associate as it was seen as a waste of his talent. I imagine Marcus Freeman spent most of his time thinking and plotting ways to turn Hamilton into a game-destroyer as he clearly is. He will be the first All-American team, making his first team this season and will play a vital role in making 2021 Notre Dame able to return to the playoffs. They need to turn him into a star.
Find the formula in the corner
Notre Dame had a short experience. But with some numerical and high school talent, TaRiq Bracy and Clarence Lewis played the top-tier game at crucial minutes. Aside from them, there are athleticism and lengths to tap into.Cam Hart and Ramon Henderson have Caleb Offord length and speed, Ryan Barnes, Philip Riley and Chance Tucker, as well as their length, toughness and speed. There are materials that Notre Dame can touch. They have a new coordinator and his teammate Mike Mickens coaching in the corner. There are four players in here that can perform at a level suitable for playoff caliber units. My big forecast for this afternoon of January 12 is the corner group that exploded in 2021.