Chase Claypool is the leading returning receiver for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2018, but the spring has forced other receivers to step up as Claypool recovers from offseason surgery.
However, Claypool participated in full contact at practice on Saturday, according to a report from Sean Stires of WSBT. Even better, Claypool is expected to be full-go at the Notre Dame spring football game on April 21.
Claypool is a big-bodied (228 pounds) wide receiver. When paired with fellow giant and current No. 2 wide receiver Miles Boykin, Notre Dame presents matchup issues on the edges with the towering tandem standing 6-foot-4 and 6-5, respectively.
In 2017, Claypool had a breakout year, catching 29 passes for 402 yards and 2 touchdowns. Against Wake Forest on Nov. 4, he had the biggest game of his career to date, catching 9 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown.
With Equanimeous St. Brown moving on to the NFL and Kevin Stepherson dismissed during the offseason because of legal troubles, Claypool and Boykin will take on much larger roles within the offense. And if Notre Dame is going to get its passing game corrected, they’ll need big years from both.