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Notre Dame Football: Best Offensive Players of 2023 Ranked 1-15

Notre Dame’s offense in 2023 goes down as one of the most successful in program history by a numbers standpoint.  By a viewers standpoint they were also towards the top of the list of being the most frustrating we’ve ever seen.

Great against poor competition while seemingly unprepared for the likes of Ohio State, Louisville, and Clemson.

So from a completely emotion-less perspective, who had the best seasons on Notre Dame’s offense?  And who left a decent amount to be desired?

Pro Football Focus has their grades for Notre Dame’s entire roster for 2023.  We went through and found the 15 offensive players they ranked the highest for their performances in 2023.  See who made the top 15 below.

Players included in this top 15 had to have played a minimum of 100 snaps on offense in 2023.

Rico Flores, Jr. - Wide Receiver

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Quinn Harris/Getty Images

PFF Grade: 67.4

Snapcount: 404

Following the season, Flores transfered to UCLA.

Jaden Greathouse - Wide Receiver

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Quinn Harris/Getty Images

PFF Grade: 68.1

Snapcount: 298

Jaden Greathouse shined in spurts for Notre Dame but was sidelined for part of the season while nursing a hamstring injury.

Ashton Craig - Center

PFF Grade: 68.4

Snapcount: 238

Blake Fisher - Offensive Tackle

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Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

PFF Grade: 71.1

Snapcount: 718

Blake Fisher opted out of the Sun Bowl and declared for the 2024 NFL draft.  Personally, I thought another year in college could have done Fisher wonders in terms of his draft stock.

Billy Schrauth - Offensive Guard

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Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

PFF Grade: 71.8

Snapcount: 257

Steve Angeli - Quarterback

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Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

PFF Grade: 73.7

Snapcount: 135

Angeli played in mop-up duty in the regular season but performed well in his Sun Bowl start versus Oregon State.

Jayden Thomas - Wide Receiver

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PFF Grade: 74.3

Snapcount: 304

Jayden Thomas had a very big showing in the Sun Bowl and flashes throughout the season but dealt with a hamstring injury seemingly all year that kept him from reaching his full potential in 2023.

Chris Tyree - Wide Receiver

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PFF Grade: 74.4

Snapcount: 276

Chris Tyree made the transition to wide receiver in impressive fashion but will spend his final year of eligibility at Virginia as he transferred immediately following the regular season.

Jeremiyah Love - Running Back

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PFF Grade: 76.1

Snapcount: 147

Love flashed in limited time in 2023 rushing for 385 yards and a touchdown as a freshman.

Sam Hartman - Quarterback

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Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

PFF Grade: 78.6

Snapcount: 678

By no means was it a bad year for Sam Hartman at Notre Dame but it’s fair to say he didn’t play to the level Fighting Irish fans thought he would either.

Mitchell Evans - Tight End

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Lance King/Getty Images

PFF Grade: 79.3

Snapcount: 425

Mitchell Evans was Hartman’s favorite target and in the middle of a huge season before an injury in the Pitt game sidelined him for the final month of the season.

Jadarian Price - Running Back

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PFF Grade: 83.7

Snapcount: 107

He didn’t see the field a ton but when he did Price played at a high level.  It was especially impressive after he was coming off an Achillies injury in the spring of 2022.  Let’s hope his work load grows in 2024.

Jordan Faison - Wide Receiver

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Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

PFF Grade: 85.5

Snapcount: 150

From walk-on to Notre Dame’s top-graded wide receiver in 2023.  Jordan Faison played just 150 snaps on the year but made them count, finishing the year by winning the Sun Bowl MVP award.  Big things will be expected in 2024.

Joe Alt - Offensive Tackle

No shocker here, Notre Dame’s Joe Alt ranked as best OT in 2024
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PFF Grade: 90.7

Snapcount: 713

Joe Alt was as good as advertised in 2023 and will likely be one of the first 10 players to hear their names called in the 2024 NFL draft.  Notre Dame will certainly miss him next year.

Audric Estime - Running Back

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PFF Grade: 94.2

Snapcount: 388

Audric Estime had one of the best seasons by a Notre Dame running back in the long history of the program as he rushed for over 1,300 yards and found the end zone 18 times.  Estime was the highest-graded Power Five running back by PFF this season.  

Story originally appeared on Fighting Irish Wire