Your Notre Dame Fighting Irish are a double-digit team for the fifth straight season after a 55-0 annihilation by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on senior day. With this team seemingly on cruise control to close out the season and one final tilt with the Stanford Cardinal coming up, let’s take a look at some things we’ve seen in this contest to watch in the future – short and long. long-term.
All of the NFL scouts looking to see what Notre Dame’s top passer is capable of had a full showcase on Saturday. The California junior (who funnily played for one of my rival high schools) was a backfield terror that made Jordan Yates run for his life. Foskey’s pass rush generated not one, but of them Defensive touchdowns – the first a pick-six that landed in Jack Kiser’s arms, the second a strip-sack picked up and returned by Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa.
Foskey has gone relatively unnoticed in the preseason when it comes to the 2022 NFL Draft hype. As the season progressed, however, with Foskey among the nation’s sack leaders, building up TFLs and pressure each week, and demonstrating an elite combination of height and athleticism, his stock should increase dramatically. Prepare to see Foskey’s name called out early if he shows up for the draft in 2022.
Kyren Williams was able to enjoy a relatively light workload in his (likely) last home game, with 56 yards and two touchdowns in just 11 carries. The glowing circumstances of this game created opportunities for other full backs to shine. While Logan Diggs only had two staves, he entered the end zone twice – once on a red zone and once on an impressively executed screen pass. Newcomer this week was Audric Estime, who racked up an impressive 61 yards and physical on Notre Dame’s final possession. If you follow this site regularly, you’ve been hearing about Estime’s size and physique for months now, and it was great to finally have the bulldozer in action. With what we’ve already seen from Diggs and Chris Tyree, the Irish have the makings of a formidable three-headed backfield in 2022.
Tyler Buchner also impressed as a runner in this game, posting a monster 68-yard gain on his first carry. With Notre Dame’s offensive line improving rapidly and sacking much of his staff in 2022, Buchner – despite some necessary developments in the passing game – the likely starter at quarterback and the raw talent the Irish will have. in the backfield, fans should be excited for what this offense can produce on the pitch in the future.
The best Senior Days are the ones that provide exiting players with special moments, and this one didn’t disappoint. The headliner is, of course, Myron Tagovailoa’s aforementioned scoop-and-score. A touchdown from a great player is always fun, but when is this great man a fifth year senior captain playing his last home game? Poetry.
Beyond that we had: Bo Bauer flying all over the field, racking up 9 tackles and 1.5 TFL; Jack Coan is playing his best game since the opening game, in the presence of his family; Kevin Austin carrying a pair of long balls; Josh Lugg detailing Tariq Carpenter on Diggs’ touchdown; and George Takacs manages to growl on the sideline and almost score.
Some of the seniors in that game will be back next year, and some will be gone. For those who played their last home game, it was a dominant farewell. The courses of these guys paved the way for restoring a standard of excellence for this program. This standard is their heritage, and from what we saw of their younger counterparts in extended action on Saturday, it is in good hands.