Previewing Notre Dame football's Senior Day battle Saturday with Georgia Tech

Back in 2016, Notre Dame entered the season with a top 10 ranking and high expectations. The finished 4-8 prompting a reboot of Brian Kelly's coaching staff and philosophy. 

Since then the Irish have compiled a 51- 9 record with two College Football playoff semifinal appearances. A win Saturday at home on Senior Day against Georgia Tech (3-7)  would give Notre Dame (9-1) a fifth consecutive 10-win season, and sixth in seven years.

NOTRE DAME VS. GEORGIA TECH 

Who: AP No. 6 Notre Dame (9-1) vs. Georgia Tech (3-7) 

Kickoff: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EST 

Where: Notre Dame Stadium 

TV: NBC 

Radio: WSBT (AM 960), WNSN-FM (101.5) 

Line: Notre Dame by 17 

Preview coverage

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Irish items

♦ Saturday will mark the 37th meeting between Notre Dame and Georgia Tech with the Irish leading the series 29-6-1. 

♦ Notre Dame and Georgia first met in 1922 and the Yellow Jackets are one of 11 teams to have played the Irish more than 30 times. 

♦ The last win the series for Notre Dame was 31-13 in 2020 at Atlanta while Georgia Tech’s last victory was 33-3 in 2007 at South Bend. 

♦ Despite its 3-7 record, Georgia Tech has been outscored by a total of just 14 points (302-288) this season.  

♦ Yellow Jackets’ freshman running back Jahmyr Gills ranks second nationally with 1,680 all-purpose yards, amassing more than 200 in each of the past three games. He also has a had a play of 50 yards or longer in each of his past six games. 

♦ Notre Dame’s Isaiah Foskey is tied for 12th in the NCAA with 9.0 sacks, the most in a season for an Irish player since Stephon Tuitt has 12 in 2012. 

♦ The Irish have not allowed a touchdown their past two games (Virginia and Navy) and rank 14th nationally in takeaways with 19. 

Notre Dame’s Isaiah Foskey (7) during the Notre Dame-USC NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

Who's going to play?

NOTRE DAME TWO-DEEP

OFFENSE

Quarterback

17 Jack Coan | 6-3, 223 | Graduate

12 Tyler Buchner | 6-1, 215 | Freshman

Running back

23 Kyren Williams | 5-9, 199 | Junior 

25 Chris Tyree | 5-10, 190 | Sophomore

Field receiver

0 Braden Lenzy | 5-11, 182 | Senior

4 Kevin Austin Jr. | 6-2, 215 | Senior

Slot receiver 

21 Lorenzo Styles Jr. | 6-1, 195 | Freshman

29 Matt Salerno | 6-1, 199 | Senior 

Boundary receiver

4 Kevin Austin Jr. | 6-2, 215 | Senior 

16 Deion Colzie | 6-5, 207 | Freshman 

Tight end

87 Michael Mayer | 6-5, 251 | Sophomore

85 George Takacs | 6-6, 247 | Senior

Left tackle

76 Joe Alt | 6-8; 305 | Freshman

79 Tosh Baker | 6-8, 307 | Sophomore

Left guard

73 Andrew Kristofic | 6-5, 295 | Junior

52 Zeke Correll | 6-3, 295 | Junior

Notre Dame’s Jarrett Patterson (55) during the Notre Dame-USC NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

Center

55 Jarrett Patterson | 6-5, 307 | Senior 

52 Zeke Correll | 6-3, 295 | Junior

Right guard 

62 Cain Madden | 6-3, 310 | Graduate 

56 John Dirksen | 6-5, 306 | Senior 

Right tackle

75 Josh Lugg | 6-7, 305 | Graduate  

79 Tosh Baker | 6-8, 307 | Sophomore

DEFENSE

Vyper defensive end

7 Isaiah Foskey | 6-5, 260 | Junior 

9 Justin Ademilola | 6-2, 255 | Senior 

Defensive tackle

57 Jayson Ademilola | 6-3, 280 | Senior 

99 Rylie Mills | 6-5, 283 | Sophomore 

Nose guard

41 Kurt Hinish | 6-2, 300 | Graduate

56 Howard Cross III | 6-1, 275 | Junior 

Big defensive end

95 Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa | 6-3, 268 | Graduate

31 NaNa Osafo-Mensah | 6-3, 250 | Junior 

Mike linebacker

40 Drew White | 6-0, 228 | Graduate 

52 Bo Bauer | 6-3, 233 | Senior 

Will linebacker

27 JD Bertrand | 6-1, 230 | Junior

32 Prince Kollie | 6-1, 222 | Freshman 

Rover linebacker

24 Jack Kiser | 6-2, 224 | Junior

10 Isaiah Pryor | 6-2, 217 | Graduate

Boundary cornerback

6 Clarence Lewis | 6-0, 193 | Sophomore 

11 Ramon Henderson | 6-1, 190 | Sophomore 

Field cornerback

5 Cam Hart | 6-3, 205 | Junior

28 TaRiq Bracy | 5-10, 177 | Senior 

Free safety 

2 DJ Brown | 6-0, 200 | Senior 

11 Ramon Henderson | 6-1, 190 | Sophomore

Strong safety

3 Houston Griffith | 6-0, 202 | Senior 

2 DJ Brown | 6-0, 200 | Senior

Nickelback

28 TaRiq Bracy | 5-10, 177 | Senior  

11 Ramon Henderson | 6-1, 190 | Sophomore

SPECIAL TEAMS

Place-kicker

39 Jonathan Doerer | 6-3, 197 | Graduate 

91 Josh Bryan | 6-0, 183 | Freshman

Punter

19 Jay Bramblett | 6-2, 197 | Junior 

39 Jonathan Doerer | 6-3, 197 | Graduate 

Long snapper 

65 Michael Vinson | 6-2, 230 | Senior 

44 Alex Peitsch | 6-1, 210 | Sophomore 

Holder

19 Jay Bramblett | 6-2, 197 | Junior 

30 Jake Rittman | 6-3, 210 | Senior

Kickoffs

39 Jonathan Doerer | 6-3, 197 | Graduate 

91 Josh Bryan | 6-0, 183 | Freshman

Kick returner

25 Chris Tyree | 5-10, 190 | Sophomore 

21 Lorenzo Styles Jr. | 6-1, 195 | Freshman 

Punt returner

23 Kyren Williams | 5-9, 199 | Junior

29 Matt Salerno | 6-1, 199 | Senior 

GEORGIA TECH

OFFENSE

Offensive line

54 Jordan Williams | 6-6, 333 | Fr.

57 Mikey Minihan| 6-3, 300 | Sr.

60 Paula Vaipulu | 6-3, 303 | Fr.

70 Ryan Johnson | 6-6, 307 | Gr.

72 Weston Franklin | 6-4, 316 | Fr.

76 Wing Green | 6-7, 309 | Fr.

77 Devin Cochran | 6-7, 314 | Gr.

79 William Lay | 6-2, 313 | Sr.

Tight end

34 Jack Coco | 6-2, 232 | Sr.

80 Dylan Leonard 6-5 | 246 | So.

Wide receiver

2 Kyric McGowan | 5-11, 198 | Sr.

5 Kalani Norris | 6-0, 162 | So.

Wide receiver

7 Malachi Carter | 6-3, 195 | Jr.

8 Nate McCollum | 5-11, 185 | Fr.

Quarterback

10 Jeff Sims | 6-3, 210 | Fr.

13 Jordan Yates | 6-0, 196 | So.

Running back

1 Jahmyr Gibbs | 5-11, 200 | Fr.

4 Dontae Smith | 5-11, 202 | Jr.

6 Jamious Griffin| 5-10, 210 | So.

27 Jordan Mason | 6-1, 218 | Sr.

DEFENSE

Defensive end

6 Keion White | 6-4, 267 | Jr.

15 Jared Ivey | 6-6, 275 | Fr.

Defensive end

27 Josh Robinson | 6-4, 235 | Fr.

32 Sylvain Yondjouen | 6-4, 245 | So.

Rush end

11 Kevin Harris | 6-4, 235 | So.

31 Kyle Kennard | 6-5, 235 | Fr.

Defensive tackle 

0 Djimon Brooks | 6-1, 286 Gr.

88 Zeek Biggers | 6-6, 363 | Fr.

Georgia Tech linebacker Quez Jackson made a career high 11 tackles last season against Notre Dame.

Linebackers

4 Quez Jackson | 6-1, 215 | Jr.

10 Ayinde Eley | 6-3, 232 Sr.

17 Demetrius Knight II | 6-2, 224 | So.

25 Charlie Thomas | 6-2, 207 | Jr.

40 Trenilyas Tatum | 6-2, 227 | Fr.

Safeties

1 Juanyeh Thomas | 6-3, 217 | Jr.

2 Tariq Carpenter | 6-4, 225 | Sr.

13 Wesley Walker | 6-1, 204 | So.

14 Jaylon King | 6-1, 188 | Jr..

Cornerbacks

3 Tre Swilling | 6-0, 196 | Sr.

7 Zamari Walton | 6-3, 190 | Jr.

8 Tobias Oliver | 6-2, 197 | Sr.

12 Kenyatta Watson II | 6-1, 175 | So.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Place kicker

42 Brent Cimaglia | 6-0, 219 | Gr.

47 Austin Kent | 6-1, 215 | Sr.

Punter

43 David Shanahan | 6-2, 190 | Fr.

47 Austin Kent | 6-1, 215 | Sr.

Long snapper

52 Cade Long | 5-11, 221 | Jr..

Kickoff return

1 Jahmyr Gibbs | 5-11, 200 | Fr.

1 Juanyeh Thomas | 6-3, 217 | Jr.

Punt return

2 Kyric McGowan | 5-11, 198 | Sr.

3 Azende Rey | 5-10, 215 | Gr.

Gunner

4 Dontae Smith | 5-11, 202 | Jr. 

8 Nate McCollum | 5-11, 180 | Fr.