SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame employed a few three-receiver sets against Temple entirely staffed by freshmen, something senior quarterback Tommy Rees embraced.
Will Fuller, James Onwualu and Corey Robinson may not have recorded a catch in Notre Dame's season opener, but their quarterback said that wasn't for a lack of comfort or familiarity.
"We got guys going in there — three freshmen that got in on Saturday that I have all the confidence in the world in," Rees said. "They all can do something different, and they all have different roles. I think they understand their roles and they understand where they need to focus. They've been great throughout camp."
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Fuller, Onwualu and Robinson got reps with Rees in practice in August, and Onwualu and Robinson enrolled early and developed that chemistry in the spring.
While Notre Dame showed a willingness to rotate in its freshmen receivers, the offense still didn't show a lot of looks against Temple. Going into Michigan that means very little film on these guys exists, which perhaps could be an advantage for Robinson, who's an absolute matchup nightmare on the outside.
"They didn't seem to have any jitters," Rees said. "… They're all working hard and good kids, and understand their roles and what's expected of them."