2017 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Citrus Bowl champion
Citrus Bowl, W 21–17 vs. LSU
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 11
2017 record10–3
Head coachBrian Kelly (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorChip Long (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorMike Elko (1st season)
Base defense4–2–5
  • Josh Adams
  • Greer Martini
  • Mike McGlinchey
  • Nyles Morgan
  • Quenton Nelson
  • Drue Tranquill
  • Austin Webster
  • Chase Summerfield
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium
(Capacity: 77,622)[1]
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2017 Division I FBS independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Army               10 3  
No. 11 Notre Dame               10 3  
UMass               4 8  
BYU               4 9  
As of April 4, 2020 • Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Brian Kelly and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. They competed as an independent. They finished the season 10–3, an impressive turnaround from the season before, where the Irish finished with their worst record since 2007. They were invited to the Citrus Bowl where they defeated LSU. The Irish would finish the season with four wins over teams that finished in the top 25 rankings (both the AP and Coaches polls), including winning three of those by over 20 points or more.

Previous seasonEdit

The 2016 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team finished the regular season with a 4–8 record, and were thus ineligible for a bowl selection.

2017 NFL DraftEdit

The following former Notre Dame players were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft:

Round Selection Player Position Team
2 52 DeShone Kizer Quarterback Cleveland Browns
7 225 Isaac Rochell Defensive end Los Angeles Chargers

Transfers out/departuresEdit

  • WR Corey Holmes (Purdue)
  • QB Malik Zaire (Florida)
  • C/G Tristen Hoge (BYU)
  • TE Tyler Luatua (injury)
  • OL Parker Boudreaux (UCF)
  • LB Josh Barajas (Illinois State)
  • G Colin McGovern (Virginia)
  • S Spencer Perry (South Alabama)
  • RB Justin Brent (Nevada)

Transfers inEdit

  • WR Freddy Canteen (Michigan)
  • WR Cameron Smith (Arizona State)
  • S Alohi Gilman (Navy)

Coaching changesEdit


  • Scott Booker – dismissed
  • Keith Gilmore – dismissed
  • Mike Denbrock (hired at Cincinnati)
  • Bob Elliott (hired at Nebraska)
  • Mike Sanford Jr. – hired as head coach at Western Kentucky
  • Paul Longo – replaced and moved into an administrative role


  • Mike Elko – hired as defensive coordinator
  • Chip Long – hired as offensive coordinator and Tight ends coach
  • Brian Polian – returns as special teams coordinator
  • Clark Lea – hired as linebackers Coach
  • DelVaughn Alexander – hired as wide receivers coach
  • Tom Rees – returns as quarterback coach
  • Matt Balis – hired as director of football performance


Position keyEdit

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR


The Fighting Irish signed a total of 21 recruits.

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