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From Another Board: Here is my WR analysis for the 2013 season.

  • Notre Dame Football WR's 2013

    Players that return: TJ Jones, Davaris
    Daniels, Chris Brown, Daniel Smith, Justin Ferguson, Davonte Neal

    Players that leave: John Goodman, Robby
    Toma

    New Additions: Will Fuller, Corey
    Robinson, James Onwualu, and Torii Hunter Jr.

    Overview: For the first time since the
    2007 season, Notre Dame did not have a single receiver have 1,000 or
    more receiving yards in a single season. Notre Dame doesn't have many
    losses at this position and gains 4 freshman in the 2013 class. TJ
    Jones and Davaris Daniels have solidified themselves as 2 of the 3
    starting wide receivers for the 2013 season, as Robby Toma graduates.
    What is most likely to happen is for Chris Brown to get the other
    receiver spot, but Davonte Neal and Justin Ferguson will also be
    possibilities as well. Corey Robinson and James Onwualu are early
    enrollees and will see some playing time in the next season. Torii
    Hunter, Jr. suffered an injury that could limit him a bit and might
    lead to possibly redshirting in 2013.

    TJ Jones 2012 Statistics:

    Rushing: 1 attempt, 8 rushing yards, 8
    yards per rush.

    Receiving: 50 receptions, 649 receiving
    yards, 4 touchdowns, 12.9 yards per reception.

    TJ Jones 2011 Statistics:

    Receiving: 38 receptions, 366
    receiving yards, 3 touchdowns, 9.6 yards per reception.

    TJ Jones 2010 Statistics:

    Receiving: 23 receptions, 306 receiving
    yards, 3 touchdowns, 13.3 yards per reception.

    Career Single Game Highs: 7 receptions
    (vs. Alabama, 2012 National Championship) 90 receiving yards (vs.
    Alabama, 2012 National Championship), 1 receiving touchdown (Multiple
    Games, vs. Purdue, 2010, vs. Michigan, 2010, at Navy, 2010, at
    Michigan, 2011, vs. Michigan St., 2011, at Purdue, 2011, vs. Purdue,
    2012, vs. Stanford, 2012, vs. Pittsburgh, 2012, and vs. Wake Forest,
    2012), 1 attempt (vs. Purdue, 2012), 8 rushing yards (vs. Purdue,
    2012), 8 yards per rush (vs. Purdue, 2012).

    Additional Information: TJ Jones was
    arguably one of the most improved players in the 2013 season, and had
    his best season overall as a Notre Dame football player in 2012, he
    closed off the season strong with a career highs in receptions and
    receiving yards in the national championship loss to Alabama. TJ
    Jones will enter the 2013 season as one of the starting receivers. TJ
    Jones has scored 1 receiving touchdown against Purdue each time Notre
    Dame has played against them during his career at Notre Dame.

    Davaris Daniels 2012 Statistics:

    Receiving: 31 receptions, 490 receiving
    yards, 15.8 yards per reception.

    Career Single Game Highs: 7 receptions
    (vs. Pittsburgh, 2012), 115 receiving yards (vs. Alabama, 2012
    National Championship), 24.5 yards per reception (at Navy, 2012)

    Additional Information: After
    redshirting in 2011, Davaris Daniels had a good season as a redshirt
    freshman despite missing time in 2 games and not recording any
    statistics in 2 other games. He had missed the last 2 regular season
    games with injury before coming back against Alabama and setting
    career highs in receiving yards in the national championship loss
    against Alabama. Daniels will likely be the top wide receiver for the
    Irish this season and his size gives him an advantage.

    Daniel Smith 2012 Statistics:

    Receiving: 7 receptions, 47 yards, 6.7
    yards per reception.

    Career Single Game Highs: 2 receptions
    (vs. Purdue, 2012), 14 receiving yards (vs. Purdue, 2012), 10 yards
    per reception (vs. Wake Forest, 2012)

    Additional Information: Daniel Smith
    has sparingly played in his time at Notre Dame and didn't record any
    receptions in 2010 or 2011, but gave the Irish necessary depth, which
    is likely what will be expected in the next season.

    Chris Brown 2012 Statistics:

    Receiving: 2 receptions, 56 yards, 28
    yards per reception.

    Career Single Game Highs: 1 reception
    (at Oklahoma, 2012 and vs. Wake Forest, 2012), 50 yards (at Oklahoma,
    2012), and 50 yards per reception (at Oklahoma, 2012).

    Additional Information: Chris Brown
    appeared frequently in the 2012 season, and almost always on a deep
    route, but only brought in one deep pass against Oklahoma, but it was
    crucial and went for 50 yards. He will likely compete with Justin
    Ferguson and Davonte Neal for the 3rd wide receiver spot
    and could be one to have a big season for the Irish.

    Justin Ferguson 2012 Statistics:

    Receiving: 1 reception, 9 receiving
    yards, 9 yards per reception.

    Career Single Game Highs: 1 reception
    (at Navy, 2012), 9 receiving yards (at Navy, 2012), and 9 yards per
    catch (at Navy, 2012).

    Additional Information: Justin Ferguson
    is another receiver who played as a true freshman and despite doing
    the least of the three true freshman, he will likely be counted on to
    contribute more after only recording one reception in the first game
    of the 2012 season.

    Davonte Neal 2012 Statistics:

    Rushing: 1 attempt, 7 rushing yards, 7
    yards per rush.

    Receiving: 1 reception, -5 yards, -5
    yards per reception.

    Career Single Game Highs: 1 reception
    (at Navy, 2012), -5 receiving yards (at Navy, 2012), -5 yards per
    reception, 1 attempt (at Navy, 2012), 7 rushing yards (at Navy,
    2012), and 7 yards per rush (at Navy, 2012).

    Additional Information: Davonte Neal
    also wasn't used much on offense, but was the punt returner for the
    Irish in the 2012 season. Neal will also be expected to contribute
    more after not doing much as a true freshman on offense.

    Additional Information on wide
    receivers: Even though there is a lot of youth at the position, it is
    one of the most well stocked positions for the Irish as nearly
    everyone is either a freshman or sophomore in the 2013 season. It's
    possible that one or two of the freshman wide receivers will be able
    to redshirt, and Corey Robinson and James Onwualu have a step up over
    other incoming freshman due to enrolling early. Torii Hunter, Jr.
    will be the one most likely to redshirt as he recovers from his
    injury.

    Projected Wide Receiver Depth Chart:

    FL: DAVARIS DANIELS SO.

    Justin Ferguson So.

    Daniel Smith Sr.

    SE: TJ JONES SR.

    Corey Robinson Fr.

    James Onwualu Fr.

    SL: Chris Brown So.

    Davonte Neal So.

  • Relatively weak contingent based on previous years...
    --- nothing special, nothing elite coming in.

    I would expect some improvement in 2013 primarily because of Golsen's expected improvement,
    --- but their lack of performance in 2012 wasn't all Golsen.

    Pretty big question mark for our offense in 2103, which has yet to prove itself anything special since Kelly came.