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2013 Top 25 Player Countdown: No. 8

8/15/2013

No. 8 is one half of a veteran left side of Notre Dame's offensive line.

No. 8: Chris Watt, LG

Previous ranking: No. 18

Making the case: Notre Dame had seven 200-yard rushing games last season, its most in 16 years. Yes, Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood were a big part of that. But so, too, was the left side of the offensive line: Zack Martin and Watt. Martin is a likely two-year captain and four-year starter, but Watt's play cannot be underestimated, as he enters his fifth season with the Irish and third as a starter. The Irish will try to balance out the rushing attack a bit more this year, but another year of Watt at left guard will be hard to ignore. He will have to help a new center to his right -- likely Nick Martin, Zack's brother -- and he could vie for a captain spot along with Zack Martin. The Irish lose a mobile quarterback in Everett Golson, their top two rushers and two starters from the line, so Watt & Co. will be tasked with trying to help the rushing attack keep pace with last year's production.

The countdown

No. 9 Tommy Rees

No. 10 Danny Spond

No. 11 George Atkinson III

No. 12 Dan Fox

No. 13 Matthias Farley

No. 14 KeiVarae Russell

No. 15 Christian Lombard

No. 16 Sheldon Day

No. 17 Carlo Calabrese

No. 18 Jarrett Grace

No. 19 Amir Carlisle

No. 20 Troy Niklas

No. 21 Elijah Shumate

No. 22 C.J. Prosise

No. 23 Ishaq Williams

No. 24 Kyle Brindza

No. 25 Greg Bryant