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It’s been over a decade since EA Sports released its NCAA football video game, but now we’re just days away from the game returning to the mainstream.

EA Sports has done a great job of slowly pushing this forward in advertising. We’ve seen the most difficult stadiums released, the top rated attacks, defenses, and overall teams. We’ve also seen a handful of different game trailers that have only added to the excitement.

Finally, we have a handful of player ratings here on Wednesday, July 10th.

EA Sports has released the top 100 overall player ratings for the game and four Notre Dame players made the list. Below are those four and a quick thought on whether they’re too high, too low, or just right.

Howard Cross may not be the best player on Notre Dame’s defense, but he’s the key cog that makes everything work. He provided consistent pressure last year and was instrumental in denying opponents the opportunity to run anywhere near the middle of the field.

This is a unique season for Notre Dame and Cross, and it’s fair to assume that another year of experience will make him better, but the position is also stronger from top to bottom and he doesn’t have to play as many downs.

Mitchell Evans was Notre Dame’s best receiver a year ago before getting injured about a month before the end of the regular season. All signs point to him being ready to return from a torn ACL, but this year Notre Dame will likely use its tight ends differently.

Notre Dame has played with multiple tight ends on the field most of the time for years. New offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock also coaches the tight ends, but despite putting up tremendous numbers while running the LSU offense the last few years, he has been much more in favor of using just one tight end.

Whether Notre Dame’s receivers will step into the breach and make this a reality in 2024 remains to be seen.

Maybe it’s because he was originally recruited as an offensive lineman and only moved to the safety position in recent years, but it seems like the hype surrounding Xavier Watts returning to Notre Dame for his final season isn’t enough. Watts won the Bronco Nagurski Award last year as the best defensive player in the country.

Of course, this was mainly because he played the game of his life in prime time, when he acted like a turnover machine against Caleb Williams and USC.

Regardless, one of the country’s best safeties is hoping for a crowning achievement after recording seven interceptions in his award-winning 2023 season.

Benjamin Morrison is arguably as good a cornerback in the country when healthy. He started his career at Notre Dame with a bang, earning playing time as a true freshman in the 2022 opener against Ohio State. By the end of the year, he had recorded six interceptions, including an incredible pick-six that helped lead to a win over previously undefeated Clemson.

Morrison recorded three more interceptions last season, but what’s equally impressive is that he held players like Marvin Harrison Jr. and other star receivers he faced to significantly fewer yards than their season average.

Can Morrison have an amazing season in 2024 and end up as a first-round pick in the 2025 NFL Draft?

That is certainly the goal for the fall.

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