Coach: Brian Kelly
Notre Dame Players to watch:
Senior SS Jalen Elliott (6-1/210)
The Richmond, Va. native is a three-year starter in the Irish secondary. A quarterback in high school, Elliott has gone from a raw athlete trying to learn to the position to a veteran leader of the defense. Elliott has 164 career tackles, 11 pass break ups and six interceptions during his Notre Dame career.
A team captain, Elliott will get one last further chance to shine when he participates in the Senior Bowl, which takes place on January 25, 2020 in Mobile, Ala.
Senior WR Chase Claypool (6-5/229)
“He’s a guy that is difficult to defend because he can catch on drive routes and score a touchdown,” head coach Brian Kelly said. “He can catch a ball on the sideline. He can catch a vertical route in the seam, a fade. He’s virtually a guy that has all of the weapons.”
In his senior season, Claypool is averaging 15.1 yards per catch. He has 891 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
Senior DE Khalid Kareem (6-4/262)
“I feel like we left a lot on the table in 2018,” Kareem said. “This is a national championship-caliber team. Also, I came here to graduate from Notre Dame and that’s what I plan on doing.”
With the bowl game remaining, Kareem has racked up 107 career tackles, 26 tackles-for-loss and 13 sacks. He’s also had eight pass break-ups and four forced fumbles.
Senior CB Tony Pride, Jr. (6-0/185)
“The tradition. The rich heritage that Notre Dame has. The preaching of family and the finding out that this is truly a family,” Pride Jr. said. “What it means to play here is that you’re following greats. I remember specifically watching Manti Teo, who wore that number five, and ball out and take Notre Dame to the national championship and I had aspirations to do that myself. Obviously, I get a chance to wear the number five and so many greats have donned the number before me and it’s just an amazing experience.”
Pride Jr. has played in 36 games over his four years, racking up 118 tackles with 17 passed defended.
*Junior ROV Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (6-2/215)
The Irish finished the season ranked among the top-15 nationally in both scoring offense (37.1 points per game) and scoring defense (18.7 points allowed per game), while registering three wins against teams in the final College Football Playoff rankings (USC, Virginia and Navy).
Owusu-Koramoah is third on the team in total tackles with 71. He has 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks, and four passes defended.
Senior FS Alohi Gilman (5-11/201)
Gilman owns 66 tackles, trailing only the team’s three starting linebackers, while adding a sack, an interception and two forced fumbles.
With left tackle Liam Eichenberg and tight end Cole Kmet both declaring definitively that they’d be returning to the Irish next season, don’t be so sure about Gilman. Alohi apparently has one year of eligibility remaining, still he’s more likely to jump to the next level than not.
Coach: Matt Campbell
Iowa State Players to watch:
Senior LT Julian Good-Jones (6-5/310)
Good-Jones is a four-year starter, finding a spot in ISU’s starting lineup in 49 consecutive games, breaking the school record for the most career starts (49) in the history of Cyclone football. Good-Jones, who hails from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, anchored an offensive line that helped the Cyclone offense produce historic numbers in 2019. The Cyclone offense is on pace to set school marks in both total offense (458.7) and scoring (34.1).
**Sophomore TE Charlie Kolar (6-6/255)
Kolar set ISU’s season receiving yardage record by a tight end (675) and tallied five games with 70+ receiving yards. A native of Norman, Okla., Kolar recorded one of the greatest seasons by a tight end in Cyclone history, leading all Big 12 tight ends and ranking in the top-6 nationally among tight ends in receptions (48), receiving yards (675) and touchdown catches (7).
*Junior NB Greg Eisworth (6-0/202)
Eisworth tallied 60 tackles, 3.5 TFL and had one interception during the season. His 11 passes defended led the team and tied for fifth in the Big 12. Eisworth, who earned first-team All-Big 12 honors for the second consecutive season, is the fourth Cyclone in school history to earn First-Team All-Big 12 accolades twice (1996-present): Ennis Haywood (2000, 2001), A.J. Klein (2011, 2012) and Allen Lazard (2016, 2017).
**Sophomore TE Chase Allen (6-7/245)
Allen, a native of Nixa, Mo., helped bolster a tight end unit that ranked among the nation’s best. Allen’s blocking skills helped open holes for the running game and the junior also caught 17 passes for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Allen was also a second-team recipient in 2017.
*Junior DT Ray Lima (6-3/310)
Lima, a three-year starter and two-time team captain, has been a force on the defensive line for the Cyclones, earning second-team All-Big 12 accolades for the second-straight season. A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Lima tallied 27 tackles and 2.5 TFL for the Cyclones in 2019. He has 86 tackles and 10.5 TFL in his outstanding career.
*Junior WR Deshaunte Jones (5-10/185)
Jones is one of the top wide receivers in Cyclone history, ranking second in career receptions (180) and sixth in career receiving yards (2,007). A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jones was second in the Big 12 and 27th nationally in receptions per game (6.0), catching 72 passes, the second-best single-season total in school history. He also accumulated a team-best 832 receiving yards, ranking ninth in school history.
Camping World Bowl
Notre Dame 33, Iowa State 9
Camping World Stadium
Dec 28, 2019 | Noon | ABC
2018 Camping World Bowl
Syracuse 34, West Virginia 18