Blue and Gold Illustrated

June July 2018

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Page 24 of 63 JUNE/JULY 2018 25 BY LOU SOMOGYI A coaching axiom states the far- ther you are away from where the ball is snapped, the better the opportunity a freshman has to play. That did not hold form at Notre Dame in 2017. In the 21-man class, the top three snap counts were easily amongst offensive right tackle Rob- ert Hainsey (455), defensive tackle Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (329) and nose guard Kurt Hinish (177). Among the six other freshmen who played, the snap count on offense or defense were wideout Michael Young (89), safety and now linebacker Jor- dan Genmark Heath (71), tight end Cole Kmet (62), safety and now rover Isaiah Robertson (40), tight end Brock Hinish saw action on 177 snaps as the team's No. 2 nose guard during his rookie campaign, and he compiled eight tackles and a quarterback hurry. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA HEART & HEAT Kurt Hinish and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa provide more seasoned depth in defensive interior

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