Notre Dame offense practice notes 3-6

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Quarterbacks are wide receivers. Wide receivers are running backs. Chaos reigns supreme.

OK, maybe it's not all that dramatic. But Notre Dame kicked off the spring with its first of 15 practices inside the Loftus Sports Center on Tuesday morning, with a host of new starters featured in the Irish offense.

In its tempo drill, Notre Dame's offensive starters were quarterback Brandon Wimbush, running back Dexter Williams, wide receivers Miles Boykin, Chris Finke and Michael Young, tight end Alize Mack, left tackle Robert Hainsey, left guard Josh Lugg, center Sam Mustipher, right guard Alex Bars and right tackle Tommy Kraemer.

The second-team ND offense consisted of quarterback Ian Book, running back Tony Jones Jr., wide receivers Chase Claypool, Javon McKinley and Jafar Armstrong, left tackle Aaron Banks, left guard Trevor Ruhland, center Colin Grunhard, right guard Dillon Gibbons and right tackle Liam Eichenberg.

Early enrollees running back Jahmir Smith, tight end George Takacs and wide receiver Micah Jones missed practice because of an exam.

The practice did feature a couple familiar guests, however, as recently departed offensive linemen Mike McGlinchey and Hunter Bivin oversaw assistant coach Jeff Quinn's work with the Irish offensive line.

As for Notre Dame's position flexibility, sophomore Jafar Armstrong worked with the wide receivers during the tempo drill but also went through drills with the Irish running backs. Armstrong is listed at both positions on the updated Irish roster. Sophomore quarterback Avery Davis, who is third on the depth chart at that position behind Wimbush and Book, ran routes as a wide receiver during a 1-on-1 drill.

The practice's most flashy contributor was senior-to-be wide receiver Miles Boykin, who continued his Citrus Bowl trend with a couple acrobatic catches. On the other end, Mack continued to struggle with occasional drops on catchable balls.

As for the guy delivering those passes, Wimbush didn't struggle with incompletions on Tuesday, but the rising senior's ball placement must continue to improve.

Running back Dexter Williams, who lost 12 pounds in winter conditioning, looked noticeably lighter during Tuesday's practice. The Irish will return to the field for their second practice on Thursday morning.

Notre Dame's Brandon Wimbush runs a drill during practice, Friday, March 31, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ