Notre Dame Offense

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Notre Dame Offense

Notre Dame enters Saturday night's game in Death Valley 4-0 and ranked sixth in the AP Poll and seventh in the coaches' poll.

The Irish opened the season with a convincing 38-3 win over Texas at home. They followed that up with a thrilling 34-27 win at Virginia, before returning home to beat Georgia Tech 30-22 and UMass 62-27.

Offensively head coach Brian Kelly is known as a terrific play caller who utilizes a hurry up no huddle attack.

Injuries have been a big factor for the Fighting Irish as the lost their starting quarterback Malik Zaire for the season in the win in Charlottesville. The leading returning rusher from last season, Tarean Folston, is also out for the season.

The new starter at quarterback freshman is DeShone Kizer (6-4, 230). The red-shirt from last season has completed 44 of 65 passes for 541 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Kizer has exceptional targets in the wide receiver corps. Will Fuller (6-0, 184, Jr) is perhaps one of the nation's top wide receivers. On the season, Fuller has 22 receptions for 454 yards and six touchdowns. Chris Brown (6-2,195, Sr) has 16 catches for 178 yards and a couple of scores. Amir Carlisle (5-10, 195, Sr) has caught ten balls for 11 yards while tight end Alize Jones (6-5, 240, Fr) has six catches for 75 yards.

The top offensive star for Notre Dame this season is running back C.J. Prosise (6-1, 220, Jr) who has 600 rushing yards on 74 carries and six touchdowns. Josh Adams (6-2, 212, Fr) has 23 carries for 199 yards and a three scores. Both backs average over eight yards per carry.

It all starts up front for the Irish who have one of the country's top offensive lines. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley (6-6, 315, Jr) will start his 31st consecutive game. Right guard Steve Elmer (6-6, 315, Jr) will start his 28th game. Center Nick Martin (6-5, 301, Sr) is also a returning starter up front.

The Irish are 21st in the nation in scoring offense averaging over 41 points per game. They are 15th in the country in total offense with 531 yards per contest, 12th in the nation in rushing with 284 yards a game and tied for 54th in passing with 246.5 yards per game.

Notre Dame is facing one of the country's top defenses. The Tigers are fourth in the country in total defense. They allow 12.3 points per game which is 11th in the nation. Clemson gives up 115 rushing yards a game which is 30th in the country and 146 through the air which is 12th in the nation.

Clemson will be the best defense Notre Dame has faced this season. This game will feature some terrific battles. The Tigers have played very well on their defensive front seven but will have a huge challenge with Notre Dame's offensive line and Prosise's running attack. The Clemson secondary is considered one of the nation's best and will get tested by Fuller and one of the nation's wide receiver units.

Tomorrow we will look at how the Irish have played on the defensive side of the ball so far in 2015.

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