Notre Dame football turns into NCAA diversion gateway for receivers

South bend – after a pedestrian Blue Gold game To wrap up spring football training, the vast Notre Dame reception team popped up.

But not in a good way.

There was almost no separation From their Irish defensive backs. There was no effect plays. There was no spark.

A key finding from Notre Dame’s first spring training set under first-year coach Marcus Freeman is that the Irish lack offensive playmakers on the edges to compete for the program’s first national championship since 1988.

And Freeman knows that.

“There have to be players who make a quarterback look good, right? And that’s the challenge,” Freeman said. “It’s always about a perfect shot, but we have to have some guys who can make it look good.”

Which means that the Irish coaching staff needs to find more of these people in the transfer portal. Since its inception in 2018, players who change programs while remaining eligibility do not have to sit for a year as they once did. They can immediately play in their new school.

In 2020, Notre Dame turned to the gate for Northwestern’s Ben Skoronic, who had 29 passes for 439 yards and five touchdowns in helping the Irish qualify for the college football game.