Notre Dame player notes for Mar 7th, 2019

The Sports Xchange

March 07, 2019 at 1:19 am.

Chase Claypool – Noteworthy
The video of Boykin running a 4.42 time in the 40-yard dash at the combine? It was shared on the Twitter account of rising senior receiver Chase Claypool. “That boy getting paid!!” Claypool tweeted. “This what family all about man.” While Boykin enjoyed a breakout season in 2018, Claypool was just nine catches, four touchdowns and 233 yards behind him. That’s why the physical (6-4 3/8 and 229 pounds) product of Abbotsford, B.C., was the obvious choice to step into Boykin’s former spot as the “X” receiver. “I think he’s ready for the challenge,” Boykin said. “He’s probably going to take over the No. 1 receiver spot now. Look for big things coming out of him.” Boykin, who has had a chance to speak by phone a couple of times with his idol Calvin Johnson, intends to remain a trusted resource for Claypool. “We talk all the time, whether it’s on Xbox or he just hits me on the phone,” Boykin said. “So, any time he asks me a question I’m glad to help him.” – Indianapolis Star

Jerry Tillery – Noteworthy
Jerry Tillery has been steadily rising throughout the pre-draft process, joining the first-round conversation after a strong NFL Combine. All of those hopes could have been derailed after it was announced that Tillery would have to undergo shoulder surgery. While he will be out for 3-4 months, he should be ready for training camp. Last year, Tillery recorded 29 tackles and 8.5 sacks from an interior defensive line position. Those stats included a 4.5 sack day in a win against Stanford. – 12up