The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the FBS preseason No. 5 team in the 2022 College Football America Yearbook.
The College Football America Yearbook Top 30 is part of the Top 131, which ranks every team in FBS. The Fighting Irish went 11-2 last season, finishing with a Fiesta Bowl loss to Oklahoma State. The Irish lost their head coach, Brian Kelly, to LSU. Kelly’s defensive coordinator, Marcus Freeman, is the new head coach.
The Dream Team is the Yearbook’s All-America Team. Put together like an 85-player FBS roster, the Fighting Irish have center Jarrett Patterson and safety Brandon Joseph in the Starting Lineup, which is the first team.
Other Fighting Irish made the team, including tight end Michael Mayer and defensive end Isaiah Foskey.
The Dream Team also has a ‘Freshman’ class, listing 25 of the best recruits in the Class of 2022. Notre Dame had one player make it — linebacker Jaylen Sneed (Hilton Head/Hilton Head Island, SC).
Finally, the Irish had several players made the Independent Starting Lineup. Those players include wide receiver Avery Davis, Mayer, offensive lineman Blake Fisher, Patterson, Foskey, defensive lineman Jayson Ademilola, linebacker JD Bertrand, defensive back Cam Hart and Joseph.
The 2022 College Football America Yearbook features six pages of Independent content, including an overall preview of the conference race, a spotlight piece on a stadium, the Independent Starting Lineup, all team schedules and a half-page devoted to each program with stadium photos.
The 2022 College Football America Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.
The print edition is available online via Amazon.com and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.