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Irish Insider 2020: ACC Championship and Senior Day

| Friday, December 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many changes. One thing that has been impacted is our yearly profiles of senior and graduate level Notre Dame football players.

Although this wasn’t published in print, nor was it in time for the Senior Day matchup with Syracuse, we at The Observer are proud to present the 2020 edition of our Senior Day Insider in conjunction with our ACC Championship preview — special thanks to Notre Dame football sports information director Katy Lonergan for making this endeavor possible this year.

This is a crop of players that has set several records at Notre Dame and has been an integral part of adjusting the course of the program after a 4-8 season in 2016. They are part of the first group at Notre Dame to compete for a conference championship, the first to record four consecutive 10-win seasons, the first to appear in the College Football Playoff and they have built the second-longest home winning streak in school history. That is all despite COVID-19 wreaking havoc across college football in 2020.

So, without further ado, allow us to present the Notre Dame football 2020 senior and graduate student class, in addition to our regularly scheduled ACC Championship Irish Insider. Please enjoy.

Diane Park and Allison Thornton | The Observer

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Adams: Fans weigh in on Notre Dame-Clemson, pt. 2

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Podcast: Irish Insider — ACC Championship

Podcast: Bonus — Megan Kinner of The Tiger

Podcast: Observer Roundtable — College Football Playoff preview

Staff Predictions 2020: ACC Championship

Head-to-Head 2020: ACC Championship


Senior Day 2020


“Winner:” Ian Book going down in history books as Irish make title push

Carney preps for final curtain call with Irish

Running Back

Rhodes Scholar finalist Cam Ekanayake embraces what it means to be a student-athlete

Wide Receiver

Leading Irish receiver Javon McKinley is making the most of this opportunity

Avery Davis chasing history in senior campaign

Jafar Armstrong helps fill in one of the most prolific backfields in the country

Scramble drill: Skowronek adjusting on the fly, adds new dimension to Irish offense

Tight End

Wright finishes senior season with strong friendships on and off the field

“It’s kind of a family affair:” Xavier Lezynski talks brotherhood and background

Henige talks call to tradition, chance to make history at Notre Dame

Offensive Line

Kraemer uses past lessons to guide future success

Throughout his career, Josh Lugg has capitalized on opportunities while waiting his turn

For Colin Grunhard, Notre Dame football is family

Gibbons makes impact, starting in most senior season games

Don’t blink: Eichenberg powers Notre Dame’s O-line despite injury, lofty expectations

Hainsey ready to lead Irish in return to hometown Pittsburgh

‘The Dancing Bear’: Aaron Banks contributes to stellar Irish offensive line

Defensive Line

“You’re not going to make every play”: Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa puts his team first

Hinish credits Pittsburgh roots for spirit of success

New captain Hayes credits faith, teammates after returning from injury

Ogundeji primed to make most of year as captain


‘Fearless’ linebacker Drew White emerges as leader for Irish

Nerves aren’t an option: Owusu-Koramoah leads Irish defense against toughest test yet

Gregory reflects on unique path to Notre Dame football

Defensive Back

Crawford shoulders trust of teammates, coaches as sixth-year captain

Pryor moves around the secondary, finds his home at Notre Dame

Connections with players, coaches lead McCloud to Irish

Mahoney reflects on community found at Notre Dame

Patrick Pelini, son of a coach, finds fulfillment as part of Irish

Special Teams

From doubtful to dependable: Doerer proves vital following initial struggles

From Brown to Notre Dame, Dawson Goepferich finds niche with Irish

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