By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In this story, we’ll look back on the 2018 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. The team finished with a 12-1 record.
The Fighting Irish were defeated by the Clemson Tigers in one of the College Football Playoff Semifinal games in the Cotton Bowl Classic. Clemson won 30-3.
Brandon Wimbush started the season as the starter, before losing the position to Ian Book. Wimbush then transferred following the conclusion of the season.
Book went 214 of 314 for 2,628 yards, including 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Wimbush went 54 of 102 for 719 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions.
Dexter Williams led the team in rushing with 158 carries for 995 yards and 12 touchdowns. Tony Jones Jr. had 83 yards for 392 yards and three touchdowns. Jafar Armstrong also had a significant impact with 72 carries for 383 yards and seven touchdowns.
Miles Boykin led the team in receiving with 59 receptions for 872 yards and eight touchdowns. Chase Claypool had 50 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns. Chris Finke had 49 receptions for 571 yards and two touchdowns.
Alize Mack also had a significant impact with 36 receptions for 360 yards and three touchdowns.
Te’von Coney led the Fighting Irish defense with 123 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for a loss. He also had 4.0 sacks, an interception, one forced fumble, and four pass deflections.
Coney was the only player, who had more than 100 tackles on the season.
He was also one of five players, who had more 9.0 or more tackles for a loss. Julian Okwara led the team with 12.5 tackles for a loss, while Khalid Kareem had 10.5 tackles for a loss. Both Coney and Jerry Tillery had 9.5 tackles for a loss, while Drue Tranquill had 9.0 tackles for a loss.
Both Okwara and Tillery led the team in sacks with 8.0 sacks each.
Jalen Elliott led the team with four interceptions. Alohi Gilman and Troy Pride Jr. also had two interceptions each.
Tillery led the team with three forced fumbles, while Adetokunbo Ogundeji also had two forced fumbles. Several players also had one forced fumble.
Julian Love led the team with three fumble recoveries. Six other players had one.
Love also led the team with 16 pass deflections. Pride Jr. also had 10 pass deflections.
Tyler Newsome had 53 punts for an average of 44.7 yards per punt. Justin Yoon converted 41 of 43 extra point attempts.
Yoon also converted 17 of 21 field goals.
Jonathan Doerer also converted 5 of 6 extra points. He also made his lone field goal attempt.
Finke had 20 punt returns for 196 yards. Michael Young had nine kickoff returns for 191 yards. C’Bo Flemister also had three returns for 65 yards, while Armstrong had one return for 20 yards.