June 24, 2016
First-year starters dominate the outlook for 2016 Notre Dame football, but not all of the Fighting Irish’s most important talents are guaranteed spots in the lineup.
Since injury troubles plagued Notre Dame last season, a couple of offensive backups logged regular action. The in-game experience is unquestionably valuable, no matter if they’re starters.
Plus, the defense must replace several multi-year players who shouldered leadership responsibilities. Before this year, the new starters have only filled reserve roles.
Importance can be measured in a variety of ways, but depth, versatility and projected role factored into the selections.