Hype runs rampant throughout the spring and summer, with optimism driving expectations around programs like Notre Dame football.
The glimpses, reports and projections will soon give way to actual performance.
So with fall camp rapidly approaching, which Fighting Irish players are primed for those breakout seasons? Who can live up to some of the hype we’ve heard over the past few months?
For our purposes, we won’t consider players who’ve already achieved a high level of success. While Jaylon Smith seems likely to make the leap from stud freshman to stud sophomore, that doesn’t fit our criteria of a breakout season.
In most cases, we’ll restrict the exercise to players who have yet to make major contributions to the Irish squad.