Marcus Freeman shares thoughts on using more 'tempo' in offensive game plan
Marcus Freeman spoke at his weekly press conference on Monday. He addressed the possibility of using more tempo in Notre Dame’s offensive game plan moving forward.
The possibility comes as Notre Dame had success in the 2-minute offense so far this season. The Fighting Irish ran a 7-play, 62-yard touchdown drive in just over 1 minute against NC State in Week 2.
The Notre Dame head coach noted that there are ways to use tempo without fully committing to it.
“We definitely have tempo inside our offensive system. There’s varying ways of using tempo. I don’t want to be a team that goes Mach speed and runs 100 plays a game. I believe in complimentary football and really establishing the run game. We have different ways of running it. You can huddle and run it out of the huddle. There’s just different ways to run tempo, but we do have the ability to be a fast up-tempo team if we want to. Right now it just hasn’t been in the game plan.”
Quarterback Sam Hartman is certainly comfortable using more tempo. Hartman has led multiple end-of-half touchdown drives already this season. He has 10 touchdown passes and 0 interceptions on the year.
Notre Dame faces Central Michigan next on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on Peacock.