July 28 // Notre Dame Football

Max Redfield – 2014 Breakout Candidate

Notre Dame Safety Max Redfield

Our series on potential breakout candidates for Notre Dame in 2014 continues today with a move to the defensive backfield as we profile sophomore safety Max Redfield. Pedigree Max Redfield came to Notre Dame amid a lot of hype as a consensus 5-star prospect with offers from many of the nation’s elite programs such as [...]

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July 28 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Football 2014 – Playoff Prognosis

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly waits with his players to enter on to the field in action during the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Spring Game, at Notre Dame Stadium, in South Bend, IN. (Photo: Robin Alam / IconSMI)

It wasn’t too long ago Notre Dame was playing in the National Championship. What will it take for Brian Kelly and company to make the inaugural Playoff? Campus Insiders’ Jordan Cornette and Doug Chapman break down what it will take for the Irish to return to college football’s elite

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July 26 // Notre Dame Football

2014 Notre Dame Freshman Numbers

Justin Brent - Notre Dame WR

With fall camp just around the corner, the annual rite of passage of freshman numbers being assigned has taken place.  Irish Illustrated had the original scope earlier this week, but we did a little more digging into the history behind each of the numbers including looking at which Notre Dame All-Americans wore the numbers this [...]

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July 23 // Notre Dame Football

Will Fuller – ’14 Breakout Candidates

Will Fuller - Notre Dame WR

If you are starting to notice a trend with our breakout candidates in 2014, you probably get the idea that we think the offense is going to explode in 2014 like we haven’t seen previously under Brian Kelly.  We’ve already looked at Durham Smythe and  talked about Tarean Folston breaking out of a crowded backfield [...]

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July 22 // Notre Dame Football

Tarean Folston – Breakout Candidates ’14

Tarean Folston - Notre Dame RB

After running through some players whose careers are coming to a crossroads with time running out for them to make their marks, we started profiling players who could break out in 2014.  We started with sophomore tight end Durham Smythe on Tuesday morning and we are continuing on with another sophomore on the offensive side [...]

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July 22 // Notre Dame Football

Durham Smythe – ’14 Breakout Candidates


Over the past several weeks UHND.com has presented a series detailing which Notre Dame players have ventured onto the “Now or Never” precipice.  In a separate series, UHND will begin to detail those Notre Dame players on the verge of a breakout campaign, starting with tight end, Durham Smythe. Pedigree Durham Smythe’s commitment to Notre [...]

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July 20 // Notre Dame Football

Elijah Shumate – Now or Never ’14

Elijah Shumate - Notre Dame S

Our series on Now or Never players for Notre Dame in 2014 continues today moving back to the defensive side of the ball with a look at junior Elijah Shumate as he battles for a starting role a year after many thought he was primed for a breakout season. Pedigree Elijah Shumate came to Notre [...]

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July 15 // Notre Dame Football

Now or Never ’14: Ben Koyack

Ben Koyack - Notre Dame TE

Our series of Now or Never players for Notre Dame in 2014 charges forward today by staying on the offensive side of the ball where he look at a third weapon for Everett Golson and the Notre Dame passing attack – senior tight end Ben Koyack. Koyack actually made our list last year as well, [...]

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July 14 // Notre Dame History

Irish History 101: John Lattner, 1953 Heisman Winner

John Lattner - 1953 Heisman Trophy Winner

In 1953 Johnny Lattner became the 4th Notre Dame player to win the Heisman Trophy. Read about his journey from a small town outside Pittsburgh to Heisman glory.

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July 13 // Notre Dame Football

Now or Never ’14: Chris Brown

Chris Brown - Notre Dame WR

Our series on Now or Never players for Notre Dame in 2014 rolls on today by staying at the wide receiver position where we look at junior speedster wide receiver Chris Brown.  Last year at this time we pegged the then sophomore to be as a potential breakout candidate for the Fighting Irish in 2013, [...]

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July 12 // Notre Dame Football

Keivarae Russell Overlooked by Thorpe Award

Keivarae Russell shown here recording an interception against USC in 2012 is being overlooked this summer.  (Photo: Larry Placido/Icon SMI)

Pre-season award watch list season is officially upon us and while Notre Dame has been well represented thus far, one player who might just be one of the best players on the 2014 roster – Keivarae Russell – was overlooked for the Jim Thorpe Award watch list. Earlier this week, Russell, one of Notre Dame’s [...]

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July 9 // Notre Dame History

Irish History 101: Leon Hart, 1949 Heisman Winner

(Photo: Notre Dame Media Relations)

Hart was born in Pittsburgh, and was recruited to Notre Dame from Turtle Creek, PA, just Southeast of Pittsburgh.  Hart’s recruiting had some drama. Leahy had assigned the wonderful Moose Krause to recruit Hart and he had been on him like basmati on rice. Hart had not yet visited Notre Dame.  Read more about how Hart ended up [...]

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July 8 // Notre Dame Football

Now or Never ’14: Amir Carlisle

Amir Carlisle - Notre Dame WR

We continue our series of players facing now or never type seasons in 2014 for Notre Dame with a move over to the offensive side of the ball where he look at former USC transfer Amir Carlisle after looking at defensive end Ishaq Williams on Sunday. A year ago his first carry in a Notre [...]

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July 8 // Recruiting

Notre Dame Linebacker Recruiting Reset

Nyles Morgan

Any Notre Dame fan that logged on to ESPN.com to watch Cincinnati linebacker recruit Justin Hilliard announce his college destination last week with the hope an Irish upset would occur – similar to Manti Te’o’s grainy webcam surprise commitment to Notre Dame over USC years ago – was ultimately disappointed when Hilliard selected the in-state [...]

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July 7 // Notre Dame Football

The Golson Effect: Helping the Irish Receivers Reach Their Potential

Everett Golson - WR Potential

It’s no secret the Irish offense struggled under Tommy Rees last season.  With Rees at the helm Brian Kelly’s offense is severely limited due to lack of mobility at the quarterback position as well as a lack of arm strength that made moving the pocket by rolling the quarterback out and throwing on the run [...]

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