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Notre Dame Dec. 18 Practice Update

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The Fighting Irish opened the first three periods (15 minutes) for media viewing on Tuesday afternoon. It involved mainly stretching work and a few TEAM pace drills.

Some jersey numbers on scout team were changed around for practice purposes in preparation for the Dec. 29 College Football Playoff game versus Clemson. Because Notre Dame is the lower seed in the Cotton Bowl, it will wear visiting white, which meant the offense is practicing in white while the defense is in blue.

Overall, the two deep (listed below) was status quo:

• Sophomore defensive tackle Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, who broke his right foot in the Sept. 1 opener versus Michigan that resulted in surgery, was not restricted in any of the drills we saw and was moving around. He aligned with the third unit, behind starter Jerry Tillery and freshman Jayson Ademilola.

• Among the players who have been listed on the two-deep most of the year that were riding stationary bikes while recovering from injuries were sophomore left guard Dillan Gibbons and freshman wideout Joe Wilkins Jr.

• Replacing Gibbons at left guard was someone wearing No. 75, which is what led to some confusion on some numbers, because sophomore right tackle Josh Lugg also wears 75. Other than that the second offensive line remained the same with freshman left tackle Jarrett Patterson, sophomore center Colin Grunhard, senior right guard Trevor Ruhland and right tackle Lugg. We suspect the left guard was one of two freshmen, John Dirksen or Cole Mabry.

• With Wilkins on the sideline, fellow freshman Lawrence Keys III was taking reps with the twos in the 11-on-0 Team pace drill. Sophomore running back Jafar Armstrong, who had been slowed most of the final two months, also was taking reps at wideout, which was his original position and hardly foreign to him.

• Other scholarship players on the stationary bikes or doing limited workouts to the side included senior nickel/corner Shaun Crawford, who has indicated he will return for a fifth season in 2019, freshman tight end George Takacs, freshman nose tackle Ja’Mion Franklin, freshman linebacker Jack Lamb, and fifth-year senior captain Alex Bars, who has served as an assistant to offensive line coach Jeff Quinn.

The lineup anticipated for the Cotton Bowl features:

QB: Ian Book, Brandon Wimbush

RB: Dexter Williams, Jafar Armstrong or Tony Jones Jr.

WR: Miles Boykin, Kevin Austin

WR: Chase Claypool, Michael Young

WR: Chris Finke… to be determined

TE: Alize Mack or Nic Weishar or Cole Kmet, Brock Wright

LT: Liam Eichenberg, Jarrett Patterson

LG: Aaron Banks, Dillan Gibbons

C: Sam Mustipher, Colin Grunhard

RG: Tommy Kraemer, Ruhland

RT: Robert Hainsey, Josh Lugg

Defensive Depth Chart

Strong side end: Khalid Kareem, Ade Ogundeji, Jamir Jones

3 Technique: Jerry Tillery, Jayson Ademilola

Nose Tackle: Jonathan Bonner, Kurt Hinish, Micah Dew-Treadway

Drop End: Julian Okwara, Daelin Hayes, Justin Ademilola

Mike LB: Te’von Coney, Bo Bauer or Jonathan Jones

Buck LB: Drue Tranquill, Jordan Genmark Heath, Shayne Simon

Rover: Asmar Bilal, Simon

Boundary CB: Julian Love, Donte Vaughn

Field CB: Troy Pride Jr. TaRiq Bracy

SS: Jalen Elliott, Nick Coleman (nickel) or Houston Griffith (nickel)

FS: Alohi Gilman, Devin Studstill, Nicco Fertitta

Kicker: Justin Yoon, Jonathan Doerer

Kickoffs: Yoon or Doerer

Punter: Tyler Newsome, Jeff Riney

Long-snapper: John Shannon, Michael Vinson

Holder: Nolan Henry, Ian Book

Punt Returns: Finke, Gilman

Kick Returns: Michael Young, Avery Davis

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