Last year Notre Dame went 9-3 to achieve their first winning record since 2006. Said running back Kareem Orr,"We surprised a lot of people because they didn't think we were going to come out here and do what we had to do. But we surprised a lot of people."
What was more surprising was the team's offensive production.They scored 30 or more points in seven games with a super young roster. Said head coach Charles Fant,"We had a stat that 97-percent of our offense went through freshmen and sophomores last year."
Head coach Charles Fant will also serve as the team's offensive coordinator this year, and he can tell the young guys are growing up."We went to the UTC 7-on-7 passing camp, and we were able to go up against one of the best teams in South Carolina, as well as great teams from Georgia and Tennessee. It's nice to see the kids look that much more confident and playing better."
Fant will certainly enjoy working with quarterback Alex Darras. As a freshman last year, he threw for over 1,200-yards, and he served as the team's kicker. Said Fant,"We're looking for big things from him. To be such a young guy, and to be so commanding of an offense is really unique to see." Added running back Auston Banks,"Alex Darras is just amazing. He's an athlete. Big ups to him."
The Irish appear loaded at the skill positions, but it's the line of scrimmage where several guys will need to step up. Said Fant,"Well it really comes down to our kids up front. We don't have a whole lot of them. If we can get our conditioning to where these kids that are playing both sides of the ball can be strong at the third and fourth quarter, we'll play for a long time I feel. I really do."