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Notre Dame Football Recruiting 2016

As any hardcore football fan will attest, the offseason is one of the most difficult times of the year. Saturdays somehow feel empty after months of waking up early to a cup of coffee in order to hear what foolish thing Desmond Howard will say, or what gimmicky hat Lee Corso will don at the end of College GameDay. So when the opportunity to attend Notre Dame’s Coaches’ Clinic this past weekend appeared my father and I decided to take full advantage of it. It was a chance to learn more about the game of football as well as a ...

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2015 Notre Dame Football Spring Game to Air on NBCSN

(Photo: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

There haven’t been too many details on the 2015 Notre Dame Blue and Gold Game other than it would be somewhere on campus until Monday when the University announced that the game would be played at the Labar Practice Field and will be aired live on NBC Sports Network at 12:30 on Saturday, April 18. Earlier this off-season rumors floated that the annual Blue-Gold Game could be played in Chicago with the Stadium not available due to construction on the Campus Crossroads Project, but those rumors were shot down by Brian Kelly back in February when he said the game ...

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Brian Kelly Notre Dame Spring ’15 Presser Notes 3/24

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Recruiting Camps

Brian Kelly addressed the media on Wednesday following Notre Dame’s latest practice. Here’s the full video of his presser from the fine team at WatchND along with some notes below. Kelly talked a lot again today about Notre Dame being able to be more physical in practice due to the depth that the Irish have in the trenches. We talked about this over the weekend and Kelly brought it up again today in his opening remarks. Nothing major on the injury front – nothing that will keep anyone out for the spring other than Joe Schmidt and Jarron Jones who ...

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Early NFL Retirements Place Renewed Emphasis on Academics

Notre Dame Campus

The issue of player safety has grown as a national discussion point in recent years amidst the tragedies of NFL great Junior Seau and former Notre Dame star Dave Duerson, and is reaching uncharted territory with the recently announced retirement of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland. Player safety has made the transition in public discourse from an issue only impacting long since retired players to influencing up-and-coming NFL talent to walk away from the game as they enter their prime. Borland was a standout defensive player at the University of Wisconsin before being selected in the third round of ...

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Notre Dame Defense Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

Jarron Jones & Isaac Rochell - Notre Dame DL

YESTERDAY Last Spring was Brian Van Gorder’s first coordinating the Notre Dame defense. As Spring practice unfolded, there were some intriguing personnel groupings. These Four: Ishaq Williams, the Five Star, poised at last to emerge. KeiVarae Russell, star cornerback, destined to be on the Thorpe list. Eilar Hardy, a solid swing safety, sound tackler in the open field. Kendall Moore, tackler, solid sub, perfect for slowing Navy and North Carolina down. It was an interesting foursome, with tons of experience, as Moore was entering his fifth year, Hardy and Williams rising seniors and the precocious Russell a rising junior. Experience ...

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Notre Dame Spring ’15 Roster Updated

Notre Dame Spring Football Roster 2015

As part of our new redesign, we said that data would be much easier for us to update and keep up to date and we weren’t lying.  Our roster page has been updated with all of the new heights and weights of the official 2015 Notre Dame spring football roster already.  In addition, here are some observations on some weight gainers and losers. Alex Bars, who Kelly raved about during bowl prep, is up to 315 lbs.  Kelly said on Tuesday that he will be battling with Quenton Nelson for the starting LG position. Jhonny Williams is up to 260 ...

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Jeff Quinn Joins Notre Dame Coaching Staff

Buffalo Bulls head coach Jeff Quinn during the fourth quarter against the Toledo Rockets at Glass Bowl. The Rockets beat the Bulls 51-41. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Before the dust settled on what turned out to be the biggest shakeup of the Notre Dame coaching staff under Brian Kelly, rumors swirled that former University of Buffalo head coach and one time Brian Kelly disciple Jeff Quinn could be the next Notre Dame offensive coordinator.  That obviously didn’t happen, but we did learn on Wednesday that Quinn will be joining Kelly’s staff as an analyst. “He’ll be working for us an an analyst on the offensive side of the ball,” Kelly said on Wednesday.   We’ll have a myriad of things he’ll be responsible for and different projects on ...

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CJ Prosise Cross-Training at RB for Notre Dame

CJ Prosise Training at RB

With Notre Dame entering spring football this year with just two scholarship running backs, one of the biggest question marks surrounding the Irish offense was who would carry the ball until reinforcements Dexter Williams and Josh Adams report to campus this summer.  Tuesday Brian Kelly let us know.  Senior slot wide receiver CJ Prosise will be cross training at running back. “He’s been in the running back meetings,” Kelly said of the senior receiver coming off his best performance of his career in the Music City Bowl.  “He’ll get a lot of work at running back,” he added. Prosise showed ...

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Return of Ishaq Williams to Notre Dame in Doubt

Ishaq Williams Injury

While Notre Dame got some very encouraging news on Tuesday that Jarrett Grace would be returning to the playing field after a long absence following his recovery from a broken tibia and fibula, they got some discouraging news regarding the potential return of academic investigation exilee Ishaq Williams. “Right now he’s got to get re‑enrolled into school.  He’s got to re‑apply, go through that process.  There’s some uncertainties there,” Brian Kelly said of the potential return of Williams for a 5th year after being suspended from the University following the academic investigation at Notre Dame last summer. With Williams’ return ...

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