Notre Dame receiver TJ Jones made history in his first two games.
The freshman became the first Irish receiver to score touchdowns in his first two games with 5-yard touchdown against Purdue and then a 53-yard touchdown against Michigan.
He had six catches for 114 yards in those first two games.
Since then, he has no touchdowns and has six catches for 89 yards.
"His production was halved because his playing time was halved," offensive coordinator Charley Molnar said. "That wasn't as much an indictment on TJ as to how well (former Bishop Dwenger standout) John Goodman practiced and played.
"Goody deserved more playing time and it just unfortunately for TJ that playing time was cut out of his. I think now that TJ gets a fulltime role again, I would be surprised if his production didn't increase."
Jones' return to a fulltime role comes because of the loss of slot receiver Theo Riddick to an ankle injury.
Jones will move inside after sharing an outside receiver spot with Goodman. Jones had practiced in the slot in the spring and preseason camp, and he said the biggest difference is the more physical nature of the position he will play Saturday against Navy.
"On the outside, if I beat the corner that's really the only defender I'm hitting until I get the ball again," said Jones, who will have to deal with linebackers from the slot.
Jones said the move has been smooth because of the time he spent there in the spring and fall and because he has been playing in games since Day 1 of the season.
"Our offense is conceptual," Jones said. "By learning the X position, you naturally have to learn the Z position whether you play it or not."
Coach Brian Kelly said the Irish couldn't have moved Jones to the slot position without him playing an outside receiver role through the first seven games.
"Well, we couldn't have done it unless he played Z," Kelly said. "He played obviously all spring while Theo was nursing a shoulder. TJ was playing quite a bit at the position. So he's got a real solid base at that position. We feel very comfortable making that move with him and Robby Toma now at that position.
"We could not have done this at this late stage unless we had a very good base at that position."