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On the 40th anniversary of the NCAA permitting freshman eligibility, we review Notre Dame’s best true freshmen at each position.
Seeing Aaron Lynch's name at #3 brings on much pain. I had worked to put him out of my mind, but this article brought him back to the forefront. Oh well, I am glad Mr. Tuitt is still part of our team and welcome Sheldon Day.
Agreed. I hesitated clicking on this story because I knew I'd see his name. Sigh.
the spring game Day did great losing Lynch hurts my heart but we still are very talented on the D line, Tuitt is a beast thank god we got him i remember last year we decommited and commited to georgia tech thank god he commited back!
Oh what could have been Mr. Lynch, oh well! I think Tuitt is more rounded DL anyway. Lou, no mention of Bryant Young? Did he not see any action as a FR??
Bryant Young was an outside linebacker when he arrived, but it wouldn't have mattered that year. He played sparingly as a freshman and recorded 8 tackles.
In 1990, the three-man front featured seniors Chris Zorich, Boo Williams and Bob Dahl, plus you had a lot of backups who had already played like Junior Bryant, Eric Jones and Troy Ridgley, among others. That was the same year Jerome Bettis had only 15 carries as a freshman. ND had three straight No. 1 classes from 1987-89, so there was a lot of experienced talent in front of them. Same with Aaron Taylor in 1990. He appeared in only 2 games as a freshman for mop-up duty.
Sometimes a freshman having to play is a sign of desperation for a team. Other times, just because he doesn't play a lot doesn't mean he's not a future impact player. It depends on the overall team make-up.
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Anthony Weaver was listed No. 4 in our chart.
Grant Irons lined up at inside linebacker as a freshman. Dansby had nine tackles in the seven games he played as a freshman. Bryant sat out his freshman year while recovering from a serious car accident before reporting to camp.
This post was edited by Lou Somogyi on 6/4/2012 at 7:46 AM
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