Notre Dame will take on South Florida on Saturday at 2:30 pm ET. The game will be broadcasted on USA Network because NBC is showing the third-round of the U.S. Open. Irish Illustrated has learned that Notre Dame will have to do that without multiple players, as the University has announced some names that will miss today’s matchup.
The biggest name that will not play for Notre Dame on Saturday is an expected one, as sophomore safety Kyle Hamilton will be out. The elite talent, who suffered an ankle injury in the win over Duke, is being rested for precautionary reasons and could play if necessary. In addition, as noted earlier this week by head coach Brian Kelly, receiver Ben Skowronek is expected to miss this game vs. the Bulls due to a hamstring injury.
Some new names were officially released on Saturday by Notre Dame.
The biggest position to watch will be linebacker, as we’ve learned that the two potential starters this week at Buck linebacker, Shayne Simon and Marist Liufau, are both out for Saturday’s matchup with South Florida. It’ll be interesting to see what defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Clark Lea does at that position today.
Jahmir Smith is not playing vs. South Florida. He is one of four backs competing for time behind starting running back Kyren Williams. Look for even more reps from a group that includes Chris Tyree, Jafar Armstrong and C’Bo Flemister.
We could see a true freshman starter at cornerback today in Clarence Lewis, as we’ve learned that starting corneback TaRiq Bracy will miss today’s contest. Bracy started the season-opener against Duke, but Lewis was pushing hard for that starting job with stellar play this offseason.
Defensive end Ovie Oghoufo will also be out today. With so much depth at that position and the emergence of Isaiah Foskey, who had a sack last weekend against Duke, the Fighting Irish will be more than fine today at that position.
The Fighting Irish will look to move to 2-0 on the season with a win over the Bulls. It’s the second ever meeting between the programs with USF beating Notre Dame 23-20 in the 2011 season opener. Stay locked to Irish Illustrated for even more on today’s Notre Dame vs. South Florida game.