Notre Dame football at North Carolina preview: Everything you need to know

Michael Wanbaugh
South Bend Tribune

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Setting the table for Saturday afternoon's 23rd meeting between the Fighting Irish and the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium.

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Notre Dame (1-2) vs. North Carolina (3-0) 

  • When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST 
  • Where: Kenan Memorial Stadium (51,000), Chapel Hill, N.C. 
  • TV/Radio: ABC, WSBT Radio (960 AM), WNSN (101.5 FM) 
  • Line: Notre Dame favored by half a point 
  • Series: Notre Dame leads series 20-2 
  • Last meeting: ND 44, North Carolina 34, Oct. 30, 2021 in South Bend 

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Oct 16, 2021; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels wide receiver Josh Downs (11) with the ball as Miami Hurricanes safety Amari Carter (5) and safety Kamren Kinchens (24) defend in the second quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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▷ Saturday will mark the 23rd time that Notre Dame and North Carolina have met on the gridiron dating back to 1949 when the two teams played at Yankee Stadium. The Irish lead the series 20-2 and have won six of eight at Kenan Memorial Stadium. 

▷ This will be Notre Dame’s fifth game against the Tar Heels since its scheduling agreement began with the ACC in 2014. 

▷ The Irish have won 24 consecutive regular-season games against ACC opponents dating back to 2017. The last loss to an ACC team was 41-8 at Miami in a battle of top 10 teams. 

▷ North Carolina’s wins came in 1960 (12-7) and 2008 (29-24), both in Chapel Hill. 

▷ Last week vs. Cal, wide receiver Jayden Thomas, quarterback Drew Pyne and cornerback Benjamin Morrison each got their first career start. Both Thomas and Pyne are listed as starters against UNC. 

▷ After struggling with creating pass rush the first two weeks, the Irish sacked Cal six times, boosting their average to 3.33 per game, 12th best in the country. Isaiah Foskey leads the team with three sacks and now has 18 for his career, which is 9th on ND’s all-time list that is led by Justin Tuck’s (2022-04) 24.5.  

Notre Dame defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey (7) celebrates as California quarterback Jack Plummer (13) lays on the field during the Notre Dame vs. California NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

Notre Dame Vs California

▷ North Carolina is coached by Mack Brown who has compiled a 265-139-1 record in 33 seasons at Appalachian State, Tulane, Texas and two stints with the Tar Heels. Brown won a national championship with the Longhorns in 2005. 

▷ Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik is UNC’s defensive coordinator. He was Brown’s DC at Texas when it won the national title and then won one of his own with QB Cam Newton for the Tigers in 2010. 

Notre Dame two-deep depth chart

OFFENSE 

WIDE RECEIVER 

4 | Lorenzo Styles | 6-1, 195 | Soph. 

16 | Deion Colzie | 6-5, 211 | Soph. 

WIDE RECEIVER 

83 | Jayden Thomas | 6-2, 215 | Soph. 

29 | Matt Salerno | 6-1, 195 | Gr.  

LEFT TACKLE 

76 | Joe Alt | 6-8, 317 | Soph. 

79 | Tosh Baker | 6-8, 310 | Jr. 

LEFT GUARD 

55 | Jarrett Patterson | 6-5, 310 | Gr. 

73 | Andew Kristofic | 6-4, 300 | Sr. 

CENTER 

52 | Zeke Correll | 6-3, 308 | Sr.  

78 | Pat Coogan | 6-5, 309 | Soph. 

RIGHT GUARD 

75 | Josh Lugg | 6-7, 316 | Gr. 

73 | Andew Kristofic | 6-4, 300 | Sr. 

RIGHT TACKLE 

54 | Blake Fisher | 6-6, 327 | So.  

68 | Michael Carmody | 6-6, 280 | Jr. 

TIGHT END 

87 | Michael Mayer | 6-5, 265 | Jr. 

84 | Kevin Bauman | 6-5, 252 | Jr. 

WIDE RECEIVER 

0 | Braden Lenzy | 6-0, 182 | Gr. 

5 | Joe Wilkins Jr. | 6-2, 202 | Gr. 

QUARTERBACK 

10 | Drew Pyne | 6-0, 198 | Jr. 

18 | Steve Angeli | 6-2, 211 | Fr.

RUNNING BACK 

25 | Chris Tyree | 5-10, 197 | Jr. 

OR 3 | Logan Diggs | 6-0, 214 | Soph. 

OR 7 | Audric Estime | 6-0, 229 | Soph. 

DEFENSE 

VYPER DEFENSIVE END 

7 | Isaiah Foskey | 6-5, 265 | Sr. 

9 | Justin Ademilola | 6-2, 253 | Gr. 

OR 12 | Jordan Botelho | 6-3, 250 | Jr. 

DEFENSIVE TACKLE 

57 | Jayson Ademilola | 6-3, 285 | Gr. 

54 | Jacob Lacey | 6-2, 280 | Sr. 

DEFENSIVE TACKLE 

56 | Howard Cross III | 6-1, 310 | Gr. 

97 | Gabriel Rubio | 6-5, 295 | Soph. 

DEFENSIVE END 

99 | Rylie Mills | 6-5, 292 | Jr. 

31 | Nana Osafo-Mensah | 6-3, 250 | Sr. 

WILL LINEBACKER 

8 | Marist Liufau | 6-2, 235 | Sr. 

24 | Jack Kiser | 6-2, 223 | Sr. 

OR 10 | Prince Kollie | 6-3, 220 | Soph. 

MIKE LINEBACKER 

27 | JD Bertrand | 6-1, 230 | Sr. 

OR 52 | Bo Bauer | 6-3, 233 | Gr. 

44 | Junior Tuihalamaka | 6-2, 240 | Fr. 

ROVER 

24 | Jack Kiser | 6-2, 223 | Sr.  

27 | JD Bertrand | 6-1, 230 | Sr. 

CORNERBACK 

5 | Cam Hart | 6-3, 198 | Sr. 

OR 28 | TaRiq Bracy | 5-10, 185 | Gr. 

21 | Jaden Mickey | 6-0, 176 | Fr. 

SAFETY 

2 | DJ Brown | 6-1, 200 | Gr. 

OR 3 | Houston Griffith | 6-0, 205 | Gr. 

SAFETY 

16 | Brandon Joseph | 6-1, 196 | Sr. 

OR 11 | Ramon Henderson | 6-1, 190 | Jr. 

CORNERBACK 

6 | Clarence Lewis | 6-0, 203 | Jr. 

OR 5 | Cam Hart | 6-3, 198 | Sr. 

OR 20 | Benjamin Morrison | 6-0, 179 | Fr. 

SPECIAL TEAMS 

KICKOFFS 

92 | Zac Yoakam | 5-8, 180 | Fr. 

14 | Bryce McFerson | 6-2, 190 | Fr. 

PLACEKICKER  

99 | Blake Grupe | 5-8, 156 | Gr. 

92 | Zac Yoakam | 5-8, 180 | Fr. 

PUNTER 

39 | Jon Sot | 5-11, 198 | Gr. 

14 | Bryce McFerson | 6-2, 190 | Fr. 

LONG SNAPPER 

65 | Michael Vinson | 6-2, 228 | Gr. 

44 | Alex Peitsch | 6-1, 215 | Jr. 

HOLDER 

39 | Jon Sot | 5-11, 198 | Gr. 

14 | Bryce McFerson | 6-2, 190 | Fr. 

PUNT RETURNS 

16 | Brandon Joseph | 6-1, 196 | Sr. 

OR 29 | Matt Salerno | 6-1, 195 

KICKOFF RETURNS 

25 | Chris Tyree | 5-10, 190 | Soph. 

4 | Lorenzo Styles | 6-1, 195 | Soph. 

North Carolina two-deep depth chart

OFFENSE 

LEFT TACKLE 

72 | Asim Richards | 6-5, 315 | Sr. 

78 | Trevyon Green | 6-8, 345 | Fr. 

LEFT GUARD 

63 | Ed Montilus | 6-3, 315 | Gr. 

57 | Cayden Baker | 6-6, 315 | So. 

CENTER 

65 | Corey Gaynor | 6-3, 305 | Gr. 

68 | Brian Anderson | 6-3, 300 | Gr. 

RIGHT GUARD 

76 | William Barnes | 6-4, 320 | Sr. 

52 | Jonathan Adorno | 6-4, 305 | Jr.  

RIGHT TACKLE 

75 | Spencer Rolland | 6-6, 310 | Gr.  

55 | Zach Rice | 6-5, 320 | Fr.  

TIGHT END 

88 | Kamari Morales | 6-3, 245 | Jr.  

OR 81 | John Copenhaver | 6-3, 240 | So.  

18 | Bryson Nesbit | 6-5, 230 | So. 

QUARTERBACK 

10 | Drake Maye | 6-5, 220 | Fr. 

6 | Jacolby Criswell | 6-1, 225 | So. 

RUNNING BACK 

26 | D.J. Jones | 5-11, 205 | Jr. 

28 | Omarion Hampton | 6-0, 220 | Fr. 

OR 23 | George Pettaway | 5-11, 195 | Fr. 

WIDE RECEIVER 

5 | J.J. Jones | 6-2, 210 | So. 

1 | Andre Greene Jr. | 6-3, 190 | Fr.  

WIDE RECEIVER 

11 | Josh Downs | 5-10, 175 | Jr.  

8 | Kobe Paysour | 6-1, 185 | Fr. 

WIDE RECEIVER 

2 | Gavin Blackwell | 6-0, 180 | Fr. 

83 | Justin Olson | 6-2, 200 | Jr. 

DEFENSE 

NOSE TACKLE 

51 | Ray Vohasek | 6-3, 310 | Gr. 

OR 98 | Kevin Hester Jr. | 6-5, 305 | Jr. 

55 | Keeshawn Silver | 6-5, 315 | So. 

OR 4 | Travis Shaw | 6-6, 355 | Fr. 

3 TECH 

8 | Myles Murphy | 6-4, 305 | Jr. 

5 | Jahvaree Ritzie | 6-5, 290 | So. 

POWER END 

10 | Desmond Evans | 6-6, 265 | Jr.  

25 | Kaimon Rucker | 6-2, 265 | Jr.  

JACK 

7 | Noah Taylor | 6-5, 240 | Gr. 

OR 17 | Chris Collins | 6-4, 245 | Gr. 

24 | Malaki Hamrick | 6-2, 215 | Fr. 

MIKE LINEBACKER 

23 | Power Echols | 6-0, 225 | So. 

32 | Sebastian Cheeks | 6-3, 220 | Fr. 

WILL LINEBACKER 

33 | Cedric Gray | 6-2, 230 | Jr. 

11 | RaRa Dillworth | 6-1, 200 | So. 

CORNERBACK 

1 | Tony Grimes | 6-0, 195 | Jr. 

29 | Marcus Allen | 6-2, 175 | Fr. 

BOUNDRY SAFETY 

27 | Gio Biggers | 6-2, 200 | Sr. 

2 | Don Chapman | 6-1, 195 | Sr. 

FIELD SAFETY 

9 | Cam'Ron Kelly | 6-2, 210 | Sr. 

31 | Will Hardy | 6-2, 200 | Fr. 

CORNERBACK 

3 | Storm Duck | 6-1, 200 | Jr. 

14 | Dontae Balfour | 6-1, 180 | So.  

OR 6 | Lejond Cavazos | 6-1, 190 | So. 

STAR 

16 | DeAndre Boykins | 6-1, 195 | So. 

13 | Obi Egbuna | 5-11, 190 | Sr. 

SPECIAL TEAMS 

PLACEKICKER 

98 | Noah Burnette | 5-11, 175 | So. 

95 | Jonathan Kim | 6-1, 215 | Sr. 

KICKOFFS 

95 | Jonathan Kim | 6-1, 215 | Sr. 

PUNTER 

91 | Ben Kiernan | 6-2, 215 | Sr. 

92 | Cole Maynard | 6-1, 175 | So. 

SHORT SNAPPER 

62 | Spencer Triplett | 6-3, 235 | So. 

61 | Drew Little | 6-0, 230 | Sr. 

LONG SNAPPER 

61 | Drew Little | 6-0, 230 | Sr. 

62 | Spencer Triplett | 6-3, 235 | So. 

HOLDER 

92 | Cole Maynard | 6-1, 175 | So. 

91 | Ben Kiernan | 6-2, 215 | Sr. 

KICKOFF RETURN 

28 | Omarion Hampton | 6-0, 220 | Fr. 

4 | Caleb Hood | 6-0, 220 | So. 

PUNT RETURN 

11 | Josh Downs | 5-10, 175 | Jr. 

9 | Cam'Ron Kelly | 6-2, 210 | Sr.