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WATCH: Michael Mayer dominant as Notre Dame opens season with TD

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All-American tight end Michael Mayer will have to perform at a high level if Notre Dame is going to live up to expectations as a top-10 team.

If the Irish’s first possession of the 2021 season against Florida State was any indication, Mayer is going to be more than up to the task.

The sophomore caught three passes on the initial drive in Tallahassee Sunday evening, culminating in a 41-yard touchdown catch from Wisconsin transfer Jack Coan on fourth-and-1.

Michael Mayer obviously took advantage of blown coverage on the part of the Seminoles. That just can’t happen against such an elite pass-receiving threat.

A former five-star recruit out of Kentucky, Mayer caught 42 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman for Notre Dame.