Freshmen expected to have impact for No. 14 Irish
No. 14 Notre Dame will start a freshman at outside linebacker
against Temple on Saturday and several other members of coach Brian
Kelly’s highest-rated recruiting class are expected to play.
The depth chart released Tuesday lists Jaylon Smith as a
starting outside linebacker. Last year he won the Butkus Award as
the nation’s top high school linebacker, the same award Manti Te’o
won four years earlier.
But while it took Te’o five games to become a starter, Smith won
the job from the outset.
Six other freshmen are listed on the depth chart: offensive
tackles Steve Elmer and Hunter Bivin ; recievers Corey Robinson and
James Onwualu (on-WALL-ew), cornerback Cole Luke, defensive end
Isaac Rochell and running back Greg Bryant.