clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Notre Dame vs. Texas: TV schedule, game time, 2017 NFL Draft prospects to watch

New, comments

We highlight and profile the 2017 NFL draft-eligible prospects for Sunday's No. 10 Notre Dame vs. Texas game.

Texas v Notre Dame Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images

Week 1 of the college football season is upon us, and with the start of the 49ers regular season just around the corner, we are going to take a look at our potential future. Each week throughout the college season we will break down a few college football games providing highlights and profiles of draft-eligible prospects. So, sit back, put your scouting hat on, and let's get things started with Week 1.

No.10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Texas Longhorns

Time: 4:30 PM PST
Channel: ABC
Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Today's game will feature a battle of multiple quarterbacks. Notre Dame is expected to play both DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire, and Texas hasn't announced their starting quarterback, a battle between the veteran Tyrone Swoopes and freshman Shane Buechele -- my money is on Buechele. After struggling through a 5-7 record in 2015, including a beat-down by Notre Dame losing 38-3, the Longhorns -- utilizing their new up tempo spread scheme -- are looking to beat the Fighting Irish for the first time since January 1, 1970. Since then, Notre Dame has won the last five meetings against Texas, and if they win their sixth in a row, it will give them an all-time series lead of 10-2.

Notre Dame is featuring several draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on this year. A few guys of note are: RB Tarean Folston, TE Durham Smythe, and OT Mike McGlinchey.

RB Tarean Folston, No. 25, is back after missing the 2015 season with a torn ACL -- Baalke Delight Special. Folston's injury occurred during the season opener against the same Texas Longhorns (only carried the ball three times for 19 yards prior to his injury); therefore, look for Folston to finish what he started. He brings solid power to the position displaying good vision and instincts and the ability to pick up additional yards after contact. Shows nice pad level hitting the hole getting low and through the cracks, and brings value in the passing game with good hands and decent pass protection.

TE Durham Smythe, No. 80, is another injured Irish player that missed the majority of last season with injuries (shoulder and knee), but is determined to get back on track. Smythe displays the ability to separate and get away from man coverage with good suddenness, and is a natural pass catcher displaying reliable soft hands that he extends away from his body, and good route running. He also shows solid blocking ability -- capable of blocking in space and in base with the ability to swing his hips. Looks good detached as a space blocker, as well the ability to smoothly slide laterally utilizing nice hand positioning.

OT Mike McGlinchey, No. 68, steps into the left tackle role first round pick, Ronnie Stanley, vacated at the end of the 2015 season. McGlinchey is poised to be the next great Irish offensive lineman to make it in the NFL, and he has the skill set to make it happen. After starting all 13 games at right tackle last season, where he only gave up 1 sack - 2 hits - 2 hurries and led the offensive line unit with the highest percentage in pass block success rate at 98.7%, McGlinchey is expected to make the transition to the left side seamlessly. Displaying tremendous length and impressive athleticism, McGlinchey shows great athletic ability to adjust in pass protection with nice skills sliding lateral adjusting to movement, as well as the toughness to finish blocks all the way to the whistle.

A few more Fighting Irish to keep an eye on are: DE Isaac Rochell, DT Jarron James, OLB James Onwualu, and CB Cole Luke.

Notre Dame

RB Tarean Folston, No. 25, 5'9" - 215 lbs., 4.56 40 - (3rd-4th)
TE Durham Smythe, No. 80, 6'4" - 245 lbs., 4.85 40 - (4th)
OT Mike McGlinchey, No. 68, 6'7" - 310 lbs. 5.22 40 - (1st)
DE Isaac Rochell, No. 90, 6'3" - 290 lbs., 4.86 40 - (3rd)
DT Jarron Jones, No. 94, 6'5" - 315 lbs., 5.14 40 - (1st-2nd)
OLB James Onwualu, No. 17, 6'1" - 232 lbs., 4.76 40 - (5th-6th)
CB Cole Luke, No. 36, 5'11" - 193 lbs., 4.45 40 - (4th)
LS Scott Daly, No. 61, 6'2" - 250 lbs., 5.06 40 - (UDFA)

With the transitioning of many new recruits into the program the past season, Texas is a very young team, so there are not too many draft-eligible standouts of note, although there are a few potential guys likely to be picked up as undrafted free agent rookies. However, one Longhorn to keep an eye on with the potential to have his named called during the 2017 NFL Draft is OT Kent Perkins.

OT Kent Perkins, No. 76, is a likely candidate to kick it inside to guard at the next level. Out of his 29 games played, Perkins has started 12 games at right guard and 12 games at right tackle -- a versatility coveted at the next level. Look for Perkins to be handling the right tackle position in 2016 for the Longhorns. The former high school wrestler and track and field athlete displays a big frame with solid athleticism, shows good movement in pass protection, and aggression and power in the run game.


QB Tyrone Swoopes, No. 18, 6'3" - 249 lbs., 4.87 40 - (UDFA)
OT Kent Perkins, No. 76, 6'5" - 320 lbs., 5.29 40 - (7th)
DE Bryce Cottrell, No. 91, 6'2" - 260 lbs., 4.91 40 - (UDFA)
DT Paul Boyette Jr., No. 93, 6'3" - 317 lbs., 5.17 40 - (UDFA)
FS Dylan Haines, No. 14, 6'1" - 200 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UDFA)