What fans can expect this season


Who saw this coming?

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

In the hours and days since Brian Kelly left South Bend for LSU riches and SEC prestige, who among us thought a then 35-year-old Marcus Freeman who had only spent that a 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 upcoming Notre Dame football season so gripping. For a program so firmly established in gaming history, Freeman epitomizes its confident march into a rapidly changing future.

Ahead of Notre Dame’s first fall training under Freeman on Friday, August 5, ND Insider this week reveals its preview of Notre Dame’s 2022 football season, telling the stories of new coaches, star players and positional battles.

. Here’s what you can expect:

TODAY

▶ Tom Noie column: Can these Notre Dame offseason feel-good vibes carry over into the 2022 regular season?

It’s been all good times so far for Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame football, but that could change as a tough 2022 regular season awaits.

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

COMING MONDAY

▶ Notre Dame football coach Marcus Freeman once won a national title

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

Marcus Freeman in his taekwondo uniform in 1996

▶ Marcus Freeman, Notre Dame is trying to join Miami, Michigan on a very short list of freshman coaching champions

In the last century, only three college football programs have won national titles with freshman coaches. Notre Dame hopes to make four.

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

COMING TUESDAY

▶ Al Golden ‘born to do this’, says ex-Virginia player of new Irish defensive coordinator

Notre Dame football turns to defensive coordinator in Al Golden who hasn’t held the job 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?

Only three Notre-Dame assistants will occupy the same position as in 2021

Notre Dame running backs coach Deland McCullough gives instructions during Notre Dame spring training Saturday, April 02, 2022, at the Irish Athletics Center in South Bend, Indiana.

COMING WEDNESDAY

▶ Where is (Isaiah) Foskey? Star Pass rusher stay on the move

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

▶ Breaking the Irish defensive line

▶ Rylie Mills carves her own path on the 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.

▶ Break down Notre Dame linebackers

▶ “A nice maniac”: Intense Bo Bauer inspires, impresses other 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 Irish cornerbacks

▶ TaRiq Bracy looks to continue a strong offseason in its final year

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

▶ Breaking the Safeties of Notre Dame

▶ Brandon Joseph brings mental edge to Notre Dame safe 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.

COMING THURSDAY

▶ 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.

▶ Break down Irish tight ends

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

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

▶ Breaking Down Notre Dame Quarterbacks

▶ Irish QB Tyler Buchner is ready to use all his skills in 2022

Notre Dame's Tyler Buchner (12) looks for a pass during the Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech NCAA football game on Saturday November 20, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

▶ Break the Irish offensive line

▶ Center of attention: Jarrett Patterson ready to take on the challenge of anchoring Harry Heistand

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

▶ Break down Notre Dame running backs

▶ Chris Tyree ready to take control of the Notre Dame race hall

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

▶ Break down Irish wide receivers

▶ Braden Lenzy plans to maximize impact in his final act

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

▶ Break down Notre Dame special teams

▶ Blake Grupe hopes to leave enemy stadiums ‘silent’ as Notre Dame’s next kicker

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

▶ Who are the new ones? A look at Notre Dame’s first year and transfers

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

▶ Notre Dame 2022 Football Schedule Breakdown 1-12

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

▶ Crystal Ball: ND Insider reporters look ahead and make their predictions for Notre Dame’s 2022 season

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