Will Fuller: All-Time Irish Hero
When Will Fuller, a 4 star wide receiver prospect out of Philadelphia flipped his commit from Penn State to ND in August of 2012, Notre Dame fans had no idea the thrills and electrifying play they were in for. 6-0 186 pounds and 4.3 speed, as a freshman in 2013 he played sparingly but made his touches count. Just 6 catches but he averaged, 26.7 yards on each of them. He also caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Rees. In his sophomore year he emerged as a full-time starter and quickly became the favorite target of Everett Golson. He tied the school record with 15 touchdowns, and put up 1094 yards on 76 catches: all sophomore school records. And Fuller specialized in catching the long ball. 8 of his touchdown catches were for over 20 yards, and two went for over 70. By his Junior year Everett Golson was out and Malike Zaire was in. Zaire though broke his ankle in the second game of the season against Virginia. Fuller had already caught a 59-yard TD in the 3rd quarter against the Cavaliers before Zaire’s injury. But when Deshone Kizer, an unknown back up ascended to the quarterback job, the Irish trailed in the game. Fuller seemingly developed an instant rapport with Kizer. In fact, few plays in recent Notre Dame history are as memorable as the 40-yard TD the two hooked up on with 12 ticks left on the clock that day to give the Irish a stunning come from behind victory. Fuller’s stat line that day against Virginia: 5 catches, 155 yards and 2 long TDs. Fuller and Kiser became one of the best one season combinations in Notre Dame history as Fuller ended his Junior year with 14 touchdowns, 62 catches, 1258 yards and an amazing average of 20.3 yards per catch. Post season, he received significant All-American recognition and made the understandable decision to take his game to the NFL.
A first round draft pick of the Houston Texans in April of 2016, Will Fuller has continued his big play ways in the NFL. For his combination of skill, speed and knack for the big play, Will Fuller is another: All-time Irish Hero.