He may not be the most hyped returning Irish star, but he may be one of the most important. Cross has seen his production increase each season in South Bend, this past year being his best.
Cross had 66 total tackles, 28 solo, along with 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. That was enough for him to rank as Pro Football Focus’ No. 4 highest graded defensive during this past season in Power Five play. Having a disruptive and productive force in the middle of a defensive line is going to be a massive advantage for the Irish in 2024.
Highest graded Defensive Tackles from the 2023 season pic.twitter.com/Cy4L7jwS8M
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