Build your own Notre Dame football team of the past five years


If you have a Twitter account, you might have seen one of those sports posts (usually basketball-related) where you’re awarded a certain amount of points and spend them to create your own custom roster of players. Something like that:

I think it’s a fun (though mentally and emotionally draining) exercise that shows what you value in building a team. With that in mind, I’ve taken the liberty of putting together what I think is a fair ranking of Notre Dame players in different positional groups from 2017 (since I started following Notre Dame football).

(Note: no affront is intended by these rankings; if you are a current or former player and wish to express a grievance regarding your ranking or lack thereof, my direct messages/mentions and inbox are open)

I have divided each position into four options. To be clear, you are only allowed to select one of the four players from each row. There are two distinct groups of running backs and tight ends so you can have some variety in your offense. On the defensive end, you get two inside linebackers and one outside linebacker; the terminology of each position is at your discretion.

In total, there are 18 groups of positions to be filled in the offensive, defensive and special teams. You are assigned 45 dots to build your list. Kick and punt returns must come from your offensive and defensive picks.

Have it.

* If you want the 2021 offensive line, you can have this hot mess for 0 points

* A former roommate of my Zahm days and a WOPU Nation alumnus. I miss you Bushy!

My personal choices:

Attack — 20 points

Quarterback: Jack Coan (2)

DR 1: Dexter Williams (2)

DR 2: Chris Tyree (4)

WR body: 2019 (2)

TE 1: Cole Kmet (3)

TE 2: Tommy Tremble (4)

Offensive line: 2020 (3)

Defense — 20 points

Defensive line: 2021 (3)

ILB 1: Marist Liufau (2)

ILB 2: JD Bertrand (1)

Road: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (4)

SS: Houston Griffith (1)

EM: Kyle Hamilton (4)

Field: TaRiq Bracy (2)

Limit: Nick McCloud (3)

Special teams — 5 points

Kicker: Jonathan Doerer (3)

Punter: Bryan Dowd (1)

LS: Matthew Bushland (1)

Tyree returns kicks. Lawrence Keys III takes kicks. Dowd is a footballer style. I don’t have to worry about nickel packets because JOK is my nickel. I will go to my grave defending Houston Griffith. I’m also doing everything I can to keep TaRiq Bracy’s confidence above water. And I play Kyle both on offense and defense; it’s my team so I do what I want.

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