2020-21 Football Roster
#78 Tommy Kraemer
Height 6-5 5/8
Class Graduate Student
Hometown Cincinnati, OH
High School Elder
HONORS & AWARDS
- Associated Press All-America Third Team
- Phil Steele Honorable Mention All-America
- All-ACC First Team
- Associated Press First Team All-ACC
- Phil Steele All-ACC Second Team
- ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week: Boston College (11/14)
- Reese’s Senior Bowl Top 250
- Pro Football Focus Preseason All-ACC Second Team
- AFCA Second Team All-American (2019)
- AP Second Team Preseason All-American (2019)
- Outland Trophy Watch List (2019)
- Joe Moore Award Midseason Honor Roll (Offensive Line – 2019)
- Joe Moore Award (Offensive Line – 2017)
GRADUATE SEASON (2020)
- DUKE: Started in the season-opening win over Duke (9/12). With the performance in the season opener, the Irish ranked first in the ACC (and 11th among all FBS teams) in tackles for loss allowed. Notre Dame succumbed to just five TFL; the Irish took home Pro Football Focus’ Offensive Line of the Week award after the season-opener vs. Duke, producing the highest-combined pass-block grade of any offensive line that week.
- SOUTH FLORIDA: Started in the 52-0 win vs. South Florida (9/19) for an offensive line that allowed zero sacks on Irish quarterbacks and paved the way for six rushing touchdowns, the ACC’s most in a single game at that point in the season. With its performance, the O-Line was Pro Football Focus’ top-rated offensive line of the week for the second week in a row; Notre Dame’s 281 rushing yards were the most by any ACC team that week, and only one ACC team had posted more rushing yards in a single game previously that season. The 6.2 yards-per-rush by Notre Dame vs. South Florida ranked as the most that week and second-most in a single game that season at that point; Notre Dame posted 16 rushing first downs vs. South Florida, the most in a single game at that point in the season by any ACC team. The Irish converted both fourth-down attempts vs. South Florida.
- FLORIDA STATE: Started for an O-Line that allowed zero sacks, paved the way for 353 yards rushing, four rushing TDs, totaling 554 yards of total offense in the win vs. Florida State (10/10); the Irish rushed for 353 yards total, with two different players reaching the 100-yard mark. Prior to the contest, Florida State had allowed just 141.3 rushing yards per game; the last time Notre Dame had two players with more than 100 yards rushing in a game was in 2017 vs. Southern Cal (Josh Adams and Brandon Wimbush), and the last time the Irish posted more than 300 yards rushing was in 2019, also against Southern Cal; Notre Dame averaged 8.4 yards-per-carry vs. Florida State, the third-highest single-game figure in the ACC this season.
- LOUISVILLE: Entering the game, Louisville had allowed just 156.8 rushing yards per game. Notre Dame rushed for 232 rushing yards, earning Kyren Williams his third 100-yard performance of the season. In the win, the offense held the ball for a whopping 36:15, including an impressive 7:55, 57-yard drive to finish out the fourth quarter and preserve the win. In all, the Irish had seven offensive drives on the day, and four of those drives took five minutes or more off the clock.
- PITTSBURGH: Started for an O-Line that paved the way for 434 yards of total offense and 115 rushing yards (two rushing TDs) in the 45-3 win at Pitt (10/24). Notre Dame’s 115 rushing yards were the second-most Pittsburgh has given up in a game this season. Entering the game, the Panthers allowed just 61.5 yards per game, the ACC’s best rushing defense. Notre Dame’s two rushing touchdowns against Pitt marked the first time the Panthers have allowed multiple rushing touchdowns in a single game since October 5, 2019 vs. Duke.The Irish held control of the ball for 40:59 minutes of possession time, the most by an ACC team in a single game this season, and fifth-most in a single game among all FBS teams this season.
- GEORGIA TECH: Started for an O-Line that helped the Irish post 227 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in the 31-13 win at Georgia Tech (10/31), climbing to second in the ACC in rushing offense (231.0 yards per game). Notre Dame ties for the lead in the conference in fewest sacks allowed with just 11 total. Entering the game, Notre Dame was averaging 34:11 time of possession, a figure which led the ACC. At Georgia Tech, the Irish posted 36:54 minutes, controlling the ball for 12:13 in the first quarter alone. It marks the third-consecutive game in which the Irish have controlled the ball for more than 36 minutes. At Georgia Tech, Notre Dame was 10-of-15 on third downs. Entering the day, the Irish led the ACC in third-down conversion rate at 52.2.
- CLEMSON: Started for an offensive line that paved way for 518 yards of total offense (208 rushing with three touchdowns, 310 passing with one touchdown) in the 47-40 2OT win over then-No.1 Clemson. Entering the game, Notre Dame was averaging 34:11 time of possession, a figure which led the ACC. The Irish have now won the time of possession battle in six of seven games this season, posting 30:22 minutes that day. The Irish posted 208 rushing yards against Clemson, which, entering the game, had allowed just 99.9 rushing yards per game. Notre Dame’s three rushing touchdowns doubled Clemson’s season total of rushing touchdowns allowed (was three entering the weekend, after totals six). The line made it possible for Ian Book to pass for 310 yards against the ACC’s then-second-ranked passing defense, as Clemson entered the day allowing 174.9 passing yards per game.
- BOSTON COLLEGE: Named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Boston College, in which he started for an offensive line that paved the way for 561 yards of total offense (278 rushing with three touchdowns, 283 passing with three touchdowns and zero sacks) and 34:27 time of possession in the 45-31 win at Boston College (11/14). Boston College entered the game allowing 373.0 yards of offense per game. Through the first half alone, the Irish racked up 327 yards, and ended the day with 561 yards. Notre Dame’s 561 yards of offense at Boston College were the most this season for Notre Dame, and the most by an Irish team since their 573 vs. Bowling Green in 2019. The offensive line allowed zero sacks on the day facing a Boston College defense that entered the day averaging 2.75 sacks per game on opposing QBs.
- NORTH CAROLINA: Did not participate (11/27).
- SYRACUSE: Saw action in the 41-25 regular season finale win over Syracuse (12/5).
- ACC CHAMPIONSHIP: Started for an offensive line that helped the Irish win the time of possession battle for the 10th game that season (out of 11 games), totaling 31:52.
- CFP SEMIFINAL AT THE ROSE BOWL GAME: Started for an offensive line that helped Notre Dame win the time of possession battle for the 11th of 12 games that season, with 33:43 vs. Alabama. On the season, the Irish led the ACC and ranked seventh in the FBS in time of possession, controlling the ball for 33:56 minutes of game time.
SENIOR SEASON (2019)
- Started the first seven games of the year before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Michigan
- Did not allow a sack, while conceding just one QB hit and three hurries, on 2020 pass-block snaps on the year
JUNIOR SEASON (2018)
- Played in 12 games this season, starting 10
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2017)
- Saw action in all 13 games and started 12 contests (did not start vs. LSU) at right tackle
- Part of the offensive line that paved the way for the seventh-ranked rushing offense in the FBS (269.3 rush yards/game)–Notre Dame has not ranked higher in the FBS since 1995
- Helped Notre Dame set the modern single-game record for rush yards per carry vs. Boston College on Sept. 16, 2017 as the Irish averaged 10.1 yards per rush and totaled 515 yards against the Eagles (previous record of 10.0 yards per rush had stood for 75 years)
- Helped Notre Dame rush for a single-season school record 3,503 yards in 2017 (previous school record of 3,502 yards was set in 1973)
- Helped the Irish set the single-season record for rush yards per carry in 2017 as Notre Dame averaged 6.3 yards per rush, which not only bested the previous modern-day mark of 5.63—set just two years ago in 2015—but also topped the previous school record of 6.2, which was set in 1921 (96 years ago)
- Helped Notre Dame rush for 35 touchdowns in 2017, which was the most by the Irish since 1993
- Helped Notre Dame rank 27th in the FBS in total offense in 2017–the Irish have not ranked higher in the FBS since 2009
- Helped Notre Dame rank 24th in the FBS in scoring offense (34.2 points per game)–the Irish have not ranked higher in the FBS since 2006
- Blocked for an offensive line that helped Notre Dame lead the FBS with nine runs of at least 60 yards in 2017
- Part of Notre Dame’s offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award–presented by the Foundation for Teamwork, the award is given annually the “toughest, most physical offensive line in the country”
- Helped Notre Dame run for over 300 yards seven times in 2017 (the Irish eclipsed 300 yards rushing seven times over the previous 17 years combined)
- Helped Notre Dame rank among the top three nationally in runs of at least 20 yards (third, 42), 30 yards (first 28), 40 yards (third, 15), 50 yards (third, 11), 60 yards (first, nine) and 70 yards (second, four)
- Helped Notre Dame rank third in the FBS in yards per carry (6.3) and second in the FBS in yards per carry vs. FBS teams with a winning record (6.1)
- Helped Notre Dame rank 15th in the FBS in rushing TDs (35), and tops in the FBS in both rushing TDs vs. ranked opponents (11) and rushing TDs vs. FBS teams with a winning record (28)
- Helped Notre Dame record seven different players register a rush of at least 30 yards
- Helped Notre Dame have four different players rush for at least 100 yards
- Helped Notre Dame record 13 separate 100-yard rushing games
- Helped Notre Dame register 22 carries that netted at least 35 yards
FRESHMAN SEASON (2016)
- One of nine scholarship freshmen who did not see the field
- Joined Ian Book, Liam Eichenberg, Tony Jones Jr., Jonathan Jones, Deon McIntosh, D.J. Morgan, Adetokunbo Ogundeji and John Shannon as first-year players who helped the Irish on their respective scout teams
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA
- One of the top players in the state of Ohio and an elite offensive line prospect nationally
- Hails from the same high school as former Irish tight end and current Minnesota Viking Kyle Rudolph
- Helped Elder to a 9-4 record and quarterfinal appearance in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I playoffs as a senior in 2015
- First player from this recruiting class to commit to Notre Dame (October 2014)
- 2015 Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year
- First offensive lineman to win Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year since 2006
- Joins Dan McCarthy (2008), Tony Fisher (1998) and Marc Edwards (1993) as previous Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year winners to sign with Notre Dame
- Selected to participate in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas and the 2015 Nike “The Opening” in Beaverton, Oregon
- 2015 MaxPreps First Team All-American
- 2015 American Family Insurance All-USA Ohio Football Team
- 2015 Associated Press All-Ohio Division I First Team
- 2015 Enquirer Media Ohio High School All-Star First Team
- As a senior in 2015, amassed 156 pancake blocks and anchored an offense that racked up 5,064 yards of total offense and averaged 390.3 yards per game
- No. 37-ranked player nationally and No. 3-ranked offensive tackle on Scout.com 300 list
- No. 99-ranked player in the nation and No. 10-ranked offensive tackle on ESPN 300 list
- No. 27-ranked player in the nation and No. 3-ranked offensive tackle on 247Sports.com Top 247
- No. 41-ranked player in the nation and No. 4-ranked offensive tackle on Rivals.com 250 list
- No. 73-ranked player on the PrepStar Top 350 Dream Team
- No. 24-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report
- Ohio’s No. 1-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 2-ranked player by Scout, No. 4-ranked player by ESPN and No. 1-ranked player by Rivals
- Played for coach Doug Ramsey at Elder High School
- Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management consulting