2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Pinstripe Bowl Champions
Pinstripe Bowl vs Rutgers, W 29–16
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #24
AP #20
2013 record 9–4
Head coach Brian Kelly (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Chuck Martin (2nd as OC, 4th overall year)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco (4th year)
Co-defensive coordinator Kerry Cooks (4th year)
Base defense 3–4
Captain Zack Martin
Captain Bennett Jackson
Captain T. J. Jones
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium
Seasons
« 2012 2014 »
2013 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#20 Notre Dame               9 4  
Navy               9 4  
BYU               8 5  
Army               3 9  
New Mexico State               2 10  
Idaho               1 11  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represents the University of Notre Dame in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Fighting Irish are led by fourth year head coach Brian Kelly and play their home games at Notre Dame Stadium. They compete as an independent.

Before the season[edit]

Previous season[edit]

The Fighting Irish finished the 2012 regular season 12–0. They lost to the University of Alabama 42–14 in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

The following former Notre Dame players were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft:

Main article: 2013 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position Team
1 21 Tyler Eifert Tight End Cincinnati Bengals
2 38 Manti Te'o Linebacker San Diego Chargers
6 175 Jamoris Slaughter Safety Cleveland Browns
6 199 Theo Riddick Running Back Detroit Lions
6 200 Kapron Lewis-Moore Defensive End Baltimore Ravens
7 244 Zeke Motta Safety Atlanta Falcons

Transfers out / departures[edit]

On March 8, 2013, after only one year with the program, reserve quarterback Gunner Kiel announced he would transfer from the university.[1] Sophomore wide receiver Davonte Neal left the team in late March, citing a desire to be closer to home.[2] The day after Davonte Neal decided to transfer from Notre Dame, fellow wide receiver sophomore Justin Ferguson announced he was transferring as well and confirmed by coach Brian Kelly at a news conference.[3] On May 28, 2013, it was announced that starting quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at the university, and was suspended from the school for the fall semester due to an academic violation.[4] Chris Badger departs back home to Provo, Utah and will transfer to BYU due to family illness and will appeal for waiver to play this season.[5]

Transfers in[edit]

Alex Wulfeck, a specialist at Wake Forest, announced he would transfer to Notre Dame in May after he received his degree in May 2013. He would be enrolled in a graduate studies program while exhausting his final season of eligibility.[6]

Coaching changes[edit]

There were no staff changes following the 2012 season. The only "change" is that Brian Kelly turned play calling duties over to Chuck Martin.

Recruiting class[edit]

Brian Kelly received 24 commitments in his third full recruiting class including four five-star recruits: outside linebacker Jaylon Smith, defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, running back Greg Bryant, and defensive back Max Redfield. Eddie Vanderdoes would later decommit to play at UCLA, citing family health issues required that he be closer to home.[7]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year at Notre Dame Alma mater (Year)
Brian Kelly Head Coach 4th Assumption (1982)
Chuck Martin Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks 4th Millikin (1990)
Bob Diaco Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers and Assistant Head Coach 4th Iowa (1995)
Kerry Cooks Co-Defensive Coordinator and Cornerbacks 4th Iowa (2000)
Harry Hiestand Offensive Line and Run Game Coordinator 2nd East Stroudsburg (1983)
Mike Denbrock Outside Wide Receivers and Passing Game Coordinator 4th (second stint) Grand Valley State (1987)
Scott Booker Tight Ends and Special Teams Coordinator 2nd Kent State (2003)
Tony Alford Running Backs,Slot Wide Receivers and Recruiting Coordinator 5th Colorado State (1992)
Mike Elston Defensive Line 4th Michigan (1998)
Bob Elliott Safeties 2nd Iowa (1976)
Paul Longo Director of Football Strength and Conditioning 4th Wayne State (1981)

Roster[edit]

2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Roster

Quarterbacks

  • 13 Will Cronin – Senior
  • 6 Charlie Fiessinger – Junior
  • 12 Andrew Hendrix – Senior
  • 11 Tommy ReesSenior
  • 8 Malik Zaire – Freshman

Running Backs

  • 4 George Atkinson IIIJunior
  • 1 Greg Bryant, Jr. – Freshman
  • 3 Amir Carlisle – Junior
  • 25 Tarean Folston – Freshman
  • 32 William Mahone – Sophomore
  • 33 Cam McDaniel – Junior
  • 49 Tyler Plantz – Senior

Wide Receivers

  • 46 Josh Anderson – Sophomore
  • 2 Chris Brown – Sophomore
  • 10 DaVaris DanielsJunior
  • 15 Will Fuller – Freshman
  • 81 Omar Hunter – Freshman
  • 16 Torii Hunter, Jr. – Freshman
  • 7 T. J. JonesSenior
  • 37 Eric Lee – Junior
  • 83 Gerard Martinez – Sophomore
  • 14 Luke Massa – Senior
  • 17 James Onwualu – Freshman
  • 20 C. J. Prosise – Sophomore
  • 88 Corey RobinsonFreshman
  • 87 Daniel Smith – Senior
 

Tight Ends

  • 9 Mike Heuerman – Freshman
  • 18 Ben KoyackJunior
  • 85 Troy NiklasJunior
  • 80 Durham Smythe – Freshman
  • 82 Alex Welch – Senior

Offensive Line

  • 67 Kevin Carr – Senior
  • 73 Scott Kingsley – Freshman

Offensive Tackles

  • 57 Hunter Bivin – Freshman
  • 79 Steve Elmer – Freshman
  • 70 Zack MartinGraduate Student
  • 68 Mike McGlinchey – Freshman
  • 78 Ronnie Stanley – Sophomore

Offensive Guards

  • 65 Conor Hanratty – Junior
  • 75 Mark Harrell – Sophomore
  • 51 Bruce Heggie – Senior
  • 74 Christian Lombard – Senior
  • 62 Colin McGovern – Freshman
  • 66 Chris WattGraduate Student

Centers

  • 77 Matt Hegarty – Junior
  • 72 Nick Martin – Junior
  • 60 John Montelus – Freshman

Defensive Ends

  • 91 Sheldon Day – Sophomore
  • 95 Marquis Dickerson – Freshman
  • 50 Chase Hounshell – Junior
  • 94 Jarron Jones – Sophomore
  • 86 Arturo Martinez – Senior
  • 89 Jacob Matuska – Freshman
  • 90 Isaac Rochell – Freshman
  • 69 Tony Springmann – Junior
  • 7 Stephon TuittJunior
  • 53 Justin Utupo – Senior
 

Nose Guards

  • 1 Louis Nix IIISenior
  • 96 Kona Schwenke – Senior
  • 92 Tyler Stockton – Graduate Student

Inside Linebackers

  • 44 Carlo Calabrese – Graduate Student
  • 42 Michael Deeb – Freshman
  • 48 Dan Fox – Graduate Student
  • 59 Jarrett Grace – Junior
  • 8 Kendall Moore – Senior
  • 19 Doug Randolph – Freshman
  • 38 Joe Schmidt – Junior

Outside Linebackers

  • 30 Ben Councell – Junior
  • 52 Austin Larkin – Freshman
  • 93 Connor Little – Junior
  • 45 Romeo Okwara – Sophomore
  • 56 Anthony Rabasa – Junior
  • 55 Prince ShemboSenior
  • 9 Jaylon SmithFreshman
  • 11 Ishaq Williams – Junior

Cornerbacks

  • 43 Josh Atkinson – Junior
  • 34 Jesse Bongiovi – Freshman
  • 21 Jalen Brown – Junior
  • 12 Devin Butler – Freshman
  • 2 Bennett JacksonSenior
  • 26 Rashad Kinlaw – Freshman
  • 36 Cole Luke – Freshman
  • 35 Joe Romano – Senior
  • 6 KeiVarae Russell – Sophomore
  • 23 Lo Wood – Senior
 

Safeties

  • 29 Nicky Baratti – Sophomore
  • 40 Connor Cavalaris – Junior
  • 28 Austin Collinsworth – Senior
  • 41 Matthias Farley – Junior
  • 16 Eilar Hardy – Junior
  • 46 Eamon McOsker – Sophomore
  • 39 Drew Recker – Freshman
  • 10 Max Redfield – Freshman
  • 22 Elijah Shumate – Sophomore
  • 42 Ernie Soto – Junior
  • 31 John Turner – Sophomore

Kicker

  • 43 John Chereson – Freshman
  • 97 Danny Omiliak – Sophomore
  • 40 Nick Tausch – Graduate Student

Punter

  • 84 Andrew Antognoli – Freshman
  • 98 Alex Wulfeck – Senior

Kickers/Punters

  • 27 Kyle Brindza – Junior
  • 39 Jude Rhodes – Senior

Long Snappers

  • 61 Scott Daly – Sophomore
  • 99 Hunter Smith – Sophomore

Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 3:30 PM Temple #11 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN NBC W 28–6   80,795
September 7 8:00 PM at #17 Michigan #13 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) ESPN L 30–41   115,109
September 14 8:00 pm at Purdue #21 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) ABC W 31–24   61,127
September 21 3:30 PM #24 Michigan State #21 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC W 17–13   80,795
September 28 3:30 PM #12 Oklahoma #22 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN NBC L 21–35   80,795
October 5 7:30 PM vs. #24 Arizona State AT&T StadiumArlington, TX (Shamrock Series) NBC W 37–34   66,690
October 19 7:30 PM USC Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh / Rivalry) NBC W 14–10   80,795
October 26 5:00 PM at Air Force Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO (Rivalry) CBSSN W 45–10   44,672
November 2 3:30 PM Navy #25 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Rivalry) NBC W 38–34   80,795
November 9 8:00 pm at Pittsburgh #23 Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ABC L 21–28   65,500
November 23 3:30 PM BYU Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN NBC W 23–13   80,795
November 30 7:00 PM at #8 Stanford #25 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (Legends Trophy) FOX L 20–27   50,537
December 28 12:15 PM vs. Rutgers #25 Yankee StadiumThe Bronx, NY (Pinstripe Bowl) ESPN W 29–16   47,122
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Temple[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 6 0 0 6
#11 Fighting Irish 14 7 7 0 28


Michigan (Rivalry)[edit]

Rivalry Game
1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Fighting Irish 7 6 7 10 30
#17 Wolverines 10 17 7 7 41

Following its game against Temple, Notre Dame played the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor. Notre Dame won the previous meeting 13–6.[8] Billed as "Under the Lights II", this was the second night game in Michigan Stadium's history; the previous game also featured Notre Dame.[9] Tom Harmon was honored as a Michigan Football Legends, and his #98 jersey was unretired and given to quarterback Devin Gardner.[10]

Michigan won the game, 41–30. The game attendance of 115,109 was the largest crowd ever to watch a college football game. Quarterback Devin Gardner completed 21 of 33 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns while throwing one interception. Gardner has also rushed for 134 yards and three rushing touchdowns in the first two games of the season. Gardner contributed 376 yards of total offense against Notre Dame ranks as the tenth best performance in Michigan history, as reflected in the following list. The only two Michigan players to contribute more total yards in a single game are Denard Robinson and John Navarre. Wide receiver Jeremy Gallon caught eight passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 14 yards. Gallon's 184 receiving yards against Notre Dame is tied for the sixth highest single-game performance in Michigan history. On defense, cornerback Blake Countess had two interceptions for Michigan.[11]

References to chickens were a widely reported side story to the game. After Notre Dame announced one year earlier that it would terminate the rivalry after the 2014 season, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke said Notre Dame was "chickening out".[12] When ESPN commentator Lee Corso made his pick for the game during the College GameDay show (which was in Ann Arbor for the game), he brought out a live chicken, and fans in the background carried signs with poultry references, including "Cluck of the Irish."[13] At the end Michigan's 41–30 victory, in what Chantel Jennings of ESPN.com called the "Dig of the Day",[14] the speakers at Michigan Stadium loudly played the "Chicken Dance" as Michigan fans "danced in the stands."[15][16][17]

The win made Michigan favorites in the Big Ten Conference.

Purdue (Shillelagh Trophy)[edit]

Shillelagh Trophy
1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Fighting Irish 0 3 7 21 31
Boilermakers 7 3 7 7 24


Michigan State (Megaphone Trophy)[edit]

Megaphone Trophy
1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Spartans 0 7 3 3 13
#21 Fighting Irish 3 7 0 7 17


Oklahoma[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Sooners 14 7 6 8 35
#22 Fighting Irish 7 0 7 7 21


Arizona State (Shamrock Series)[edit]

Shamrock Series
1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Sun Devils 0 13 0 21 34
Fighting Irish 0 14 10 13 37
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: AT&T Stadium
    Arlington, Texas
  • Game weather: Temp: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • Television network: NBC


USC (Jeweled Shillelagh) (Rivalry)[edit]

Jeweled Shillelagh
1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 7 3 0 0 10
Fighting Irish 7 7 0 0 14

1st quarter scoring: USC – Silas Redd 1-yard run (Andre Heidari kick); ND – Troy Niklas 7-yard pass from Tommy Rees (Kyle Brindza kick)

2nd quarter scoring: USC – Heidari 22-yard field goal; ND – TJ Jones 11-yard pass from Rees (Brindza kick)

Air Force (Rivalry)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Irish 7 17 14 7 45
Falcons 7 3 0 0 10


Navy (Rivalry)[edit]

Rivalry Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Midshipmen 7 13 0 14 34
#25 Fighting Irish 10 7 7 14 38


Pittsburgh (Rivalry)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Fighting Irish 7 7 7 0 21
Panthers 0 7 14 7 28
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Heinz Field
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 8pm ET
  • Game attendance: 65,500
  • Game weather: Temp: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Television network: ABC/ESPN

Although Notre Dame's sports teams have joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (which Pittsburgh has also joined), the Panthers will be the only ACC team on Notre Dame's football schedule this year, as the agreement to play five ACC teams each year does not begin until 2014.

Brigham Young[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 0 6 0 13
Fighting Irish 14 3 3 3 23


Stanford (Legends Trophy)[edit]

Legends Trophy
1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Fighting Irish 3 3 14 0 20
#8 Cardinal 7 7 10 3 27


Rutgers (New Era Pinstripe Bowl)[edit]

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 10 3 0 3 16
#25 Fighting Irish 10 3 3 13 29


Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 14 14 21 22 22 RV RV RV RV RV 24 RV RV 25 25 20 
Coaches' 11 13 21 21 22 RV RV RV RV 25 25 RV RV RV RV 24 
Harris Not released RV RV RV 25 RV RV 25 RV Not released 
BCS Not released NR 25 23 NR NR 25 NR Not released


Postseason[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gunner Kiel to transfer from Notre Dame Fighting Irish, source says – ESPN
  2. ^ Davonte' Neal transferring from Notre Dame, reportedly – SBNation.com
  3. ^ Ferguson Gone Too
  4. ^ Everett Golson banned from Notre Dame Fighting Irish for 'poor academic judgment' – ESPN
  5. ^ BYU football: Notre Dame safety Chris Badger transferring to BYU | The Salt Lake Tribune
  6. ^ Wake Forest punter to transfer to Notre Dame – ESPN
  7. ^ Family health issues drove Vanderdoes to stay in California – CBSSports.com
  8. ^ "Manti Te'o, defense drive Irish victory over Wolverines". ESPN.com. ESPN. September 22, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "U-M to Face Notre Dame at Night, Honor Harmon as Football Legend". MGoBlue.com (CBS Interactive). December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ Jerry Hinnen (September 7, 2013). "Devin Gardner to wear No. 98 in honor of Tom Harmon". CBS Sports. 
  11. ^ "Notre Dame 30, Michigan 41". ESPN.com. September 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ Rothstein, Michael (2013-05-13). "Brady Hoke calls out Notre Dame". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  13. ^ Mark Sandritter (September 8, 2013). "Explaining Michigan's chicken-themed win over Notre Dame". SB Nation. 
  14. ^ Chantel Jennings (September 7, 2013). "Instant Analysis: U-M 41, Notre Dame 30". ESPN.com. 
  15. ^ "No. 17 Michigan beats No. 14 Notre Dame 41–30". Sports Illustrated. September 7, 2013. 
  16. ^ Nick Schwartz (September 8, 2013). "Michigan serenades Notre Dame with the chicken dance after winning: The Wolverines take one final jab at Notre Dame". USA Today. 
  17. ^ Adam Jacobi. "Notre Dame vs. Michigan 2013 game recap: Wolverines go chicken-dancing, 41–30". Philly.com.