Notre Dame looking to bounce back against Wake Forest on Senior Day

Published: Nov. 17, 2023 at 4:30 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The Notre Dame football team is looking for a bounce back game on Saturday against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

It’s the final home game for the Irish this season, and they still have something to play for after three losses. They’ll look to send this giant mix of a senior class and guys likely headed to the NFL Draft out in style.

Notre Dame is coming off its second bye week after a tough loss in Death Valley to Clemson.

Head coach Marcus Freeman knows how badly the Irish need this bounce back.

“Each individual has to look at themselves and say, ‘Okay, why am I in this position I’m in? And what do I have to do to find a way to improve?” Freeman said. “That’s the message, is that every individual, every coach, and every player in that locker room has to own where we’re at and what we’ve got to do to improve. So, that’s schematically, that’s as an individual, and then we’ve got to go back to work.”

Meanwhile, the Irish receivers could use a reset, too.

Chris Tyree and Jaden Greathouse lead all receivers on Notre Dame’s roster with three touchdown catches apiece. No other receiver has more than one. Jayden Thomas has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury all season, and Tobias Merriweather has been quiet, too.

That’s why Freeman wants to see more from his freshmen receivers in the last two weeks of the season.

“How do we continue to develop those three freshmen? And to get the ball in their hands? Not just have them out there, but we’ve got to find ways,” Freeman said. “There’s reasons they’re out there playing Faison, and JG and Rico. Like, we’ve got to find ways to put them in positions or ask them to do things that we can get the ball in their hands and let them have some success. I really want to see those wideouts continue to excel, continue to improve these next two weeks.”

Kickoff for Saturday’s tilt at Notre Dame Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. EST. You can watch the game right here on WNDU.

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