Notre Dame offense practice notes 3-29

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame’s offensive line received a spring shakeup on Thursday.

In the media viewing of the team’s seventh spring practice, the Irish offensive line starters were left tackle Liam Eichenberg, left guard Tommy Kraemer, center Sam Mustipher, right guard Alex Bars and right tackle Robert Hainsey. In previous practices, Eichenberg had been working with the second unit, Hainsey practiced with the starters at left tackle and Kraemer served as the starting right tackle.

Notre Dame’s other offensive starters on Thursday were quarterback Brandon Wimbush, running back Dexter Williams, tight end Alizé Mack and wide receivers Miles Boykin, Chase Claypool and Chris Finke.

Sophomore wide receiver Michael Young — who has been getting regular reps with the starters this spring — watched drills but did not dress or participate.

The Irish offense’s second unit consisted of quarterback Ian Book, running backs Tony Jones Jr. and Jahmir Smith, left tackle Aaron Banks, left guard Logan Plantz, center Trevor Ruhland, right guard Dillon Gibbons, right tackle Josh Lugg and wide receivers Javon McKinley, Micah Jones and Freddy Canteen.

Ruhland had previously been working with the starters at the left guard position, while Lugg had also been practicing primarily as a guard.

The Irish defensive backs impressed in a 1-on-1 tackling drill on Thursday, though wide receivers Finke and Claypool proved particularly elusive. Jones — a 6-foot-5, 208-pound freshman — fumbled during the drill and was subsequently punished with up-downs.

Dylan Barrett — a 6-5, 285-pound 2020 offensive line prospect — attended Thursday’s practice and oversaw the offensive line drills. He has yet to receive an Irish offer.

Because of the Easter holiday, Notre Dame won’t practice again until next Thursday, April 5.

Offensive line players line up to take a snap during Notre Dame football practice Tuesday, March 20, 2018, inside the Loftus Center at Notre Dame in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN