Players to watch: Notre Dame vs. Florida State

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

• Florida State has started eight different offensive line combinations this season, using nine different offensive linemen in those starting lineups. Notre Dame has used seven.

• The Seminoles threw for 421 yards in last week’s 47-28 loss at N.C. State. That’s the most passing yardage for a Florida State team since quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 444 yards against Clemson in 2013.

• Florida State has allowed only 111.1 rushing yards per game. The Seminoles have limited opponents to 2.84 yards per rush, good for sixth nationally.


Can the Canadian keep his hot streak going? Claypool has caught at least five passes in each of the last three Notre Dame games. He peaked last week with eight catches for 130 yards at Northwestern. The Seminoles rank No. 121 nationally in passing yards allowed with 282.6 per game. Quarterback Ian Book shouldn’t have much trouble finding Claypool open in the secondary.


Pick your favorite Notre Dame defensive lineman. He’s likely to have a big day against Florida State. The Seminoles have been dreadful on the offensive line all season. Florida State’s quarterbacks have been sacked 28 times. Only 10 teams in the country have allowed more sacks per game (3.11). Look for Kareem to take advantage of the FSU turnstile offensive tackles.


The No. 1 concern for Notre Dame’s offense should be Burns. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end will likely be a high NFL Draft pick when he decides to enter the pros. Burns has been the highlight of a miserable season. He leads the team with nine sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. Offensive tackles Liam Eichenberg and Robert Hainsey will have their hands full trying to keep Burns away from quarterback Ian Book.


The redshirt freshman has emerged as both a big-play and scoring threat for Florida State’s offense. He leads the Seminoles with seven touchdowns this season. With 23 catches for 505 yards, Terry has averaged 21.96 yards per catch. Only three players in the FBS have averaged more yards per catch. Even with inconsistent play at quarterback, the 6-4, 197-pound Terry has been a weapon.

Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool (83) has a pass broken up by Pittsburgh’s Dane Jackson (11) during the Notre Dame-Pittsburgh game. A pass interference penalty was called on Jackson.
Florida State defensive end Brian Burns rushes the quarterback against Northern Illinois.