SOUTH BEND, Ind. (BVM) — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 0-2 on the season, a disappointing start to say the least. With their most recent loss against Marshall, they will need many players to rise to the occasion and lead the team to its first victory, especially with quarterback Tyler Buchner now out for four months. These are the five players who could have the most potential impact on the Irish for the rest of the 2022 season.
5. Drew Pyne, QB
Junior quarterback Drew Pyne, a Connecticut native, is now QB1 for the Irish following Buchner’s injury to his non-throwing arm. He is relatively inexperienced — he only played six games before entering the game against Marshall. However, he knows how to win. He is a two-time Connecticut state champion and a New England regional champion. Perhaps he can teach his teammates how to win and lead them to some victories.
4. Isaiah Foskey, DL
The 6-foot-5 California native was one of the biggest playmakers on the defensive side of the ball during his junior year last season. He started all 13 games and led the team in sacks with 11 — the third-most sacks in a single season in Notre Dame history. He also tallied more than half of the team’s fumbles, with six of the 13. Foskey has nine tackles and one sack so far this season. If he can continue the streak, he could be a huge threat to quarterbacks.
Notre Dame DE Isaiah Foskey (#7 right EDGE in this clip) is as good as any college player at the strip sack. He had six forced fumbles in 2021. Another great season in 2022 will help land him a spot in Round 1 of next year’s NFL draft. pic.twitter.com/Z9vUxFVDOz
— Todd McShay (@McShay13) July 13, 2022
3. Chris Tyree, RB
A junior, the Virginia native has lots of potential to jumpstart the Notre Dame offense. Tyree played in 12 games during his sophomore season and finished fourth on the team with 827 all-purpose yards, 222 rushing, 258 receiving, and 347 on kick returns. He has played in both games this season but hasn’t done much yet. If he can find the energy he had during his sophomore year, the Irish can take pressure off Buchner and play the run more.
— Notre Dame Fighting Irish (@Insidetheirish) December 5, 2020
2, Lorenzo Styles, WR
Styles, an Ohio native, played in all 13 games for the Irish in his rookie campaign, where he caught 24 balls for 344 yards. In the opening game of this season against Ohio State, Styles had one catch for 54 yards. However, against Marshall, he secured seven catches for 69 yards, averaging 9.9 yards per catch. If the 6-foot-1 sophomore wide receiver can be that involved in every game for the Irish, he could be a dangerous weapon for Pyne.
The fact that Notre Dame QB Tyler Buchner pulled this on the option (not anticipating a completely blown assignment), stood in the face of pressure, released quickly and found Lorenzo Styles on the outside shoulder on the first play of his first start says a lot about his game. pic.twitter.com/nS9mlLEVxN
— Tyler Horka (@tbhorka) September 6, 2022
1. Michael Mayer, tight end
A 6-foot-4 junior, Mayer has been a favorite target for Irish quarterbacks. In his sophomore season, he led Notre Dame receivers with 71 catches and tied for first on the team with seven touchdowns. He also averaged a team-high 70 receiving yards per game, placing him third in the nation among tight ends. In the Irish’s last game against Marshall, he had eight catches for 103 receiving yards with one touchdown. If he can find chemistry with Pyne, opponents will have a tougher time stopping the Irish offense.
Michael Mayer is a first round NFL draft pick, and should be a 1st round '23 pick as well, especially in TE premium. He has everything you want in a TE, and I expect see a lot of contested catches like this one on Sundays. Beast. pic.twitter.com/empJoxaLQy
— John @SmashAccept (@dynasty_trades) September 11, 2022