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Me and my roommate were sitting around the other night and we started talking about the 2013-2014 season. We went on to make our 'Bold Predictions' for the year.
Mine: Greg Bryant is starting RB by USC game
Roommates: Max Redfield swaps to offense and becomes stud WR
We are curious what eveyone else has for Bold Predictions this year. Let's keep them reasonable too, please.
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History repeats itself after a blowout bowl game loss and ND returns to the top! Golson in Heisman talk by week six!
neither of these are actually all that bold, when you think about it. we don't have a solid #1 RB right now... Atkinson isn't an every down back and there's nobody waiting in the wings. Bryant already has the type of "man" body to step in and play.
and at safety, it's going to be Farley and Shumate, most likely. both are early in their careers and have multiple years of eligibility, and we don't have a bunch of proven studs at WR. our most consistent WR is Jones and he's gone next year.
TJ catches 70 passes and 1000 yards
Ishaq breaks through with 10 sacks
Tommy Rees leads team to national championship !!
I would gladly see Ishaq being one of the double digit sack guys. That would be a very welcome breakout season.
I guess someone did not like my prediction haha
1982 was the first year the NCAA and its member schools kept sacks of the QB separate from tackles for loss. In those 31 years hence, ND has never had a season where it had two players record double-digit sack totals. Just one player doing it is uncommon, with Justin Tuck's 13.5 in 2003 (a 5-7 season) the single-season record.
The closest that I could find were 1996 (Bert Berry 10 and Renaldo Wynn 9), 2006 (Victor Abiamiri 10.5 and Derek Landri 7) and last season (Tuitt 12 and Shembo 7.5).
Possibly the famous Ross Browner-WIllie Fry tandem from the 1970s achieved the feat, but again, back then it was all lumped together as tackles for loss. Browner had 28 tackles for loss in 1976 when he won the Outland Trophy, and I think about 20 of them were sacks, but I would really have to dig through the archives to go through the play by play of each game to know for sure. Someday I might have the time for that. In 1975 Browner had 16 for loss and Fry 14, but I'm not sure how many of them constituted sacks.
So yes, your double-digit sack total by two different guys in the same season is pretty bold, but given that Tuitt and Shembo are both back, it's not inconceivable.
ND finishes in the top 20 Nationally in converting red zone opportunities into touchdowns... with Corey Robinson becoming a go to guy in the red zone situations.
And, because of the improved red zone production, ND beats at least 7 teams by more than two touchdowns.
This post was edited by tommyd44 12 months ago
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Lou thank you for the response. You truly are the Notre Dame encyclopedia.
Learning the info you shared I am all the more hopeful for two guys to reach 10+ sacks now
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