Notre Dame’s offense looks to be very different next year, as another key player decided to make the 2021 NFL Draft. Tommy Aspen decided to turn pro and head to the National Football League.
As a junior, Aspen totaled 19 catches for 218 yards. He received an All-ACC honorable mention after the season. In the previous year, he had 16 catches for 183 yards and four scores. He won the ball in a win over Louisville, having recorded three catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. As a rookie, Aspen didn’t see any in-game action, but was a key member of the Fighting Irish scout team that year.
“He’s extremely athletic. He can go out on the reading zone to block in space, ”said Notre-Dame head coach Brian kelly at the end of March 2019, a few months before Aspen made his college football debut. “He’s very agile. There is definitely a role for the guy. Within our offensive structure we have the tight side which is in the H position. It suits us quite well for the H-back position. I think this is where you will see mostly used this year.
The best years of Aspen are surely ahead of him. As he continues to improve as a wide receiver, Tremble will see his game jump to another level. An impressive road runner with impressive athleticism and above average speed, with an ability to open up, it can be argued that Aspen’s best attributes at this stage are his blocking, physique and stamina.
“Growing up I was mainly paying defense so I was used to always looking for contact,” said Tremble. “I played a running back; I never hesitated to do this and my dad kind of taught me that the more scared you are, the more you are going to be hurt.
“And I think we bring that kind of fearlessness overall to our offense. Nobody shies away from touch. It really shows in the physicality that we have as a team.
“We are at 100% until the whistle sounds at the end of the fourth quarter,” he added. “We attribute that physicality… no matter what happens, you know we’ll never be shy. And I think it has helped not only our team, but also myself to be able to be confident knowing that the man next to me will go just as hard.
The 6-4, 248 pounds from Wesleyan Norcross School (Georgia) was part of the 2018 Notre-Dame class. He was recruited at Notre-Dame by the former tight ends coach and offensive coordinator Long chip. He chose the Fighting Irish over scholarship offers from Auburn, California, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, from Tennessee, UCLA and many more.
Out of high school, the 247Sports composite rankings ranked him as No.21 in tight end nationally and No.52 in Georgia. 247Sports ranked him a bit higher as a No.20 talent in his job and a No.39 rookie in his home state this cycle.