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Duranko’s Digest: Notre Dame Football’s Spring Forward

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Spring practice is now concluded.  What did we learn? Better than expected: Jerry Tillery at Defensive tackle.  Tillery’s move from “left tackle of the future”  to defensive tackle was an “experiment”  like the Manhattan Project was an “experiment.”   Tillery’s progress eases the burden on some promising young tackles like Cage, Hayes, Matuska, Mokwuah and the three frosh. What is unique about Tillery is that he inspires nearly head-shaking awe from all who observe him.  The recruit who requested and received an audience with  Rev. Theodore Martin Hesburgh, C.S.C. during one of his recruiting trips may have picked up a little ...

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Brian Kelly Talks 2015 Notre Dame Blue Gold Game

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Brian Kelly met with the media on Saturday following the conclusion of the 2015 Notre Dame Blue and Gold Game – the 15th and final practice for the Fighting Irish in Spring 2015.  Here are some of the highlights of Kelly’s last media session until fall camp kicks off this summer. During his opening remarks singled out a few players – Max Redfield, CJ Prosise, Jaylon Smith, and Jarrett Grace.  Kelly noted that Prosise is the kind of player that will scare a coach when he puts on the tape and that Redfield continued the progression he has shown all ...

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2015 Notre Dame Football Blue & Gold Game Highlights

2015 Notre Dame Blue Gold Game Highlights

Notre Dame concluded Spring football 2015 on Saturday afternoon in front of a limited crowd due to construction forcing the annual Blue Gold game out of Notre Dame Stadium.   For those unable to attend or watch live on NBC Sports Network earlier today, here are all of the highlights from the crew at WatchND. Much more to come on the game from UHND, but for now, enjoy the highlights!  

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Notre Dame – Texas Set for Primetime Kickoff

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For Notre Dame fans aching for some Fighting Irish football come September 5th, they will have to wait just a bit longer for their fix with Notre Dame announcing that the start time for the 2015 season opener will be 7:30 PM ET. It had long been rumored that the Notre Dame – Texas showdown was headed for a primetime kickoff with a Nascar race scheduled for 3:30 the same day on NBC and the contractual obligation for Notre Dame to play five primetime games in a rolling two year period.  For that same reason, many believe the USC game ...

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Notre Dame’s Joe Schmidt Cleared for Non-Contact Drills

Joe Schmidt - Notre Dame LB

Notre Dame got a bit of a boost to its suddenly deep linebacking corps on Saturday when Brian Kelly announced that Joe Schmidt has been cleared for non-contact drills and will be able to participate in 7 on 7’s and other non-contact drills for the final week of Notre Dame spring football 2015. “Joe Schmidt’s going to be back on Monday in 7 on 7’s,” Brian Kelly snuck into an answer on the development of Nyles Morgan on Saturday when addressing the media.  “He’s going to be in non-contact situations.  He’s cleared to be in all movement drills, 7 on ...

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Brian Kelly Notre Dame Spring ’15 Presser Notes 4/11

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Recruiting Camps

Brian Kelly met with the media following practice #11 for Notre Dame spring football 2015.  The WatchND team has the entire video for your viewing pleasure, but in case you don’t have the 25 minutes to watch, here are some highlights as the Irish move forward towards next weekend’s Blue and Gold game. Kelly said that Jarrett Grace makes the coaching staff’s job easier because of how mature he is and how good of a leader he is on the field. Kelly said that there are times that Malik Zaire checks into things at times that the coaching staff doesn’t ...

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Notre Dame Football Spring ’15: Practice 11 Video

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WatchND brings us some more great footage from Spring football 2015 focusing on the linebackers, defensive line, and safeties from the 11th practice of the year.  Here are a few notes along with the video. Joe Schmidt got to have his first football action of the spring by hitting the pads for the first time as he comes back from his broken leg. Jerry Tillery was singled out again in the video.  New defensive line coach Keith Gilmore apparently had Tillery redo a drill in practice not because he didn’t do it right the first time, but because he did ...

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Cornerback a Position of Strength for Notre Dame in ’15

Devin Butler - Notre Dame CB

The ineffectiveness of the Irish 2014 secondary, specifically the cornerback position, had less to do with talent and ability and more to do with lack of depth and experience. Heading into last season the secondary was supposed to be an area of strength for Notre Dame football, but as the season grew longer, the amount of able bodies grew shorter. When you combine the suspension of KeiVarae Russell along with numerous injuries of varying levels and lengths, the lack of production from the cornerback position during the 2014 campaign really came as no surprise. That’s the bad news, the good news ...

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Future of Ishaq Williams at Notre Dame Remains Uncertain

Ishaq Williams - Notre Dame DE

When Brian Kelly opened spring practice last month he didn’t have much of an update on the future of would be senior defensive Ishaq Williams.  Three weeks later, the Fighting Irish head coach still couldn’t offer much clarity on the future of the one time 5-star prospect as things remain very uncertain with Williams’s future. “We did not.”  Brian Kelly said on Wednesday when asked if he had a chance to talk with Williams last week when he was on campus to watch Notre Dame’s Pro Day.  “All we had a chance to say was ‘Hello and how you doing’ ...

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No Notre Dame Quarterback Decision Until Summer

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In one of the least surprising statements Brian Kelly has made all spring, the Notre Dame head coach announced on Wednesday that there will be no decision on the starting quarterback for Notre Dame until the summer.  Not only should no one be surprised, but no one should be upset either – it’s the right call. “They’ll continue to compete into August.  No Question,” Kelly said on Wednesday when asked if the competition would wage on through the summer. Before the spring, most felt that there was no way Kelly would name a starting quarterback before the end of spring ...

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