For the first time since 1993, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish captured 10 victories and won a bowl game in 2017. But offensive coordinator Chris Long said Friday that this year’s Irish are already better than last season’s team in one area.
“There’s really better competition that we ever had last year, I can tell you that,” Long said according to Mike Vorel of The South Bend Tribune. “Last year’s team was special, but this year’s team was probably way more competitive overall as a group (from what) I’ve seen in the first four days. That’s really, really, really made me happy.”
Notre Dame OC Chip Long very pleased with the offense's compete level thus far this spring. pic.twitter.com/lEAd4jKjX7
— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) March 23, 2018
No doubt, part of the stiffer competition could be because of several open starting roles on offense. Offensive linemen Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey both departed, leaving the left side of the line open for competition. Nelson is expected to be a top five pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and McGlinchey could join him in the first round.
Running back Josh Adams, who rushed for more than 1,400 yards in 2017, also declared for the draft. Furthermore, 2017 starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush isn’t a shoe-in to remain the starter. Junior signal caller Ian Book saw some time last season and could continue to carve into Wimbush’s playing time. Plus, 4-star freshman quarterback Phil Jurkovec is also in the mix.
The sky is the limit if the competition this spring leads to an even better Notre Dame offensive team in 2018.
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