Notre Dame sophomore wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown is having quite the coming out party in Austin, Texas. Last season ended early for St. Brown because of an injury, but now he’s back and taking on a more prominent role in the offense. By halftime of the season opener, Brown had a pair of touchdown receptions, both from quarterback DeShone Kizer.
Kizer led St. Brown on the second score with a perfect pass but it was the 6-foot-5 wide receiver who used his natural athleticism to get the ball into the end zone. St. Brown planted one hand for stability and flipped his way into the end zone with perfect form. Even Simone Biles would approve of this gridiron gymnastics by the Anaheim native.
St. Brown was a four-star recruit coming out of high school who saw action in seven games last season as a reserve receiver and on special teams. The loss of Will Fuller and Corey Robinson has freed up a lot of potential receptions for the rest of the wide receivers. Torii Hunter Jr. has apparently moved into one primary role already, but we might be watching the St. Brown etch his name into the minds of Notre Dame fans everywhere in his 2016 debut.
Of course, St. Brown doesn’t get those touchdown catches without Kizer, who is still battling Malik Zaire for the permanent starting job in South Bend. Kizer not only displayed that big arm but some of the same ice-cold execution that helped him thrive in high-pressure moments as Notre Dame’s starter in 2015. Through one half, at least, it looks like Kizer gives the Irish offense the best chance to be successful.
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