Notre Dame Football Preview lineup: Everything you need to know about the 2022 Irish

Who saw this coming?

Seriously, who could have predicted this outrageous scenario of a rookie head coach taking over one of the most iconic brands in college football — one coming off five straight 10-win seasons — and managing to breathe new life and energy into it?

In the hours and days after Brian Kelly bolted South Bend for LSU's riches and the SEC's prestige, who among us thought that a then 35-year-old Marcus Freeman, who had spent just one season as Notre Dame's defensive coordinator, would be the one to both stem the tide of Kelly's departure and galvanize the Irish fan base.

Nobody. And that's what makes the story of this coming Notre Dame football season so compelling. For a program so firmly established in the game's history, Freeman embodies its confident march into a rapidly evolving future.

Head coach Marcus Freeman leads players out of the tunnel during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

Ahead of Notre Dame's first fall practice under Freeman Friday, Aug. 5., ND Insider rolls out its 2022 Notre Dame Football season preview this week, telling the stories of new coaches, star players and position battles.

. Here is what you can expect (Click on the updated links each day to read the stories):

SUNDAY, July 31

▶ Tom Noie column: Can those feel-good vibes of Notre Dame's offseason roll into 2022 regular season?

It's been nothing but good times to date for Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame football, but that may change as a challenging 2022 regular season awaits

Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman stands with his players during the alma mater following the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

MONDAY, Aug. 1

▶ Notre Dame football coach Marcus Freeman has already won a national title

Benny Meng, Marcus Freeman's taekwondo instructor from ages 4 to 12, still has a strong belief in one of his all-time students

Marcus Freeman in his taekwondo uniform in 1996

▶ Marcus Freeman, Notre Dame try to join Miami, Michigan on a very short list of first-year coaching champions

Just three college football programs over the past century have won national titles with first-year coaches. Notre Dame hopes to make it four.

Notre Dame to the Big 10?Booming Big Ten will keep the light on for Notre Dame as it decides

TUESDAY, Aug. 2

▶ Al Golden 'born to do this,' former Virginia player says of new Irish defensive coordinator

Notre Dame football looks to a defensive coordinator in Al Golden who hasn't held the role in 17 years

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Al Golden during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

▶ Which Notre Dame assistant coach has the most Twitter followers?

Just three Notre Dame assistants will be in the same role as 2021

Notre Dame running backs coach Deland McCullough gives instruction during Notre Dame Spring Practice on Saturday, April 02, 2022, at Irish Athletics Center in South Bend, Indiana.

▶ What makes Notre Dame OC Tommy Rees so attractive to the NFL? LA Rams coach Sean McVay has some thoughts

Offensive coordinator Tommy rees works with Drew Pyne during football practice Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3

▶ Where's (Isaiah) Foskey? Star pass rusher stays on the move

Notre Dame defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey (7) during Notre Dame Spring Practice on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Irish Athletics Center in South Bend, Indiana.

▶ Breaking down the Irish defensive line

▶ Rylie Mills carves his own path on Lake Forest-Notre Dame trail

Notre Dame defensive lineman Rylie Mills (99) during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

▶ Breaking down Notre Dame's linebackers

▶ 'A nice maniac': Intense Bo Bauer inspires, impresses fellow Notre Dame linebackers

Notre Dame linebacker Bo Bauer (52) during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

▶ Breaking down the Irish cornerbacks

▶ TaRiq Bracy looks to carry over strong offseason into his final year

Notre Dame’s TaRiq Bracy (28) during the Notre Dame-USC NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

▶ Breaking down Notre Dame's safeties

▶ Brandon Joseph bringing mental edge to Notre Dame’s safeties room

Notre Dame safety Brandon Joseph (16) during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

THURSDAY, Aug. 4

▶ Michael Mayer is one of the best tight ends in the country, but he wants to grow more in 2022

Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer (87) during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

▶ Breaking down the Irish tight ends

▶ 'Everything happens for a reason,' Notre Dame tight end Kevin Bauman says

Notre Dame’s Kevin Bauman (84) warms up before the 2022 Playstation Fiesta Bowl Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

▶ Breaking down Notre Dame's quarterbacks: Will it be Tyler Buchner or Drew Pyne under center?

Notre Dame’s Tyler Buchner (12) looks to pass during the Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

▶ Breaking down the Irish offensive line: From liability in 2021 to a team strength in 2022?

Notre Dame’s Jarrett Patterson (55) during Notre Dame’s 32-29 win over Virginia Tech in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Blacksburg, Va.

▶ Breaking down Notre Dame's running backs: What will new coach Deland McCullough bring to the table?

▶ Chris Tyree ready to take control of Notre Dame’s running back room

Notre Dame’s Chris Tyree (25) runs for a touchdown during the Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

▶ Breaking down the Irish wide receivers: Veteran group returns, but how dynamic can they be?

Notre Dame wide receiver Braden Lenzy (0) during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

FRIDAY, Aug. 5

▶ Breaking down Notre Dame's special teams: Newcomers add to the mix for Brian Mason

▶ Blake Grupe hopes to leave enemy stadiums 'bone quiet' as Notre Dame's next kicker

Notre Dame kicker Blake Grupe (99) watches his field goal kick during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

▶ Who's are the new guys? A look at incoming Notre Dame freshman and transfers

Notre Dame linebacker Jaylen Sneed (17) during Notre Dame Spring Practice on Saturday, April 02, 2022, at Irish Athletics Center in South Bend, Indiana.

▶ Breaking down Notre Dame's 2022 football schedule 1 through 12

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws a pass during the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl against the Utah Utes in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, 2022.

▶ Crystal ball: ND Insider reporters look into the future and make their predictions for Notre Dame's 2022 season

Notre Dame offensive lineman Blake Fisher (54) during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

▶ Noie: Questions abound as summer ends (boo!) and Irish football camp opens (yay!)