June 9, 2014 // Notre Dame Football

4 Pivotal Notre Dame Players for 2014

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Davaris Daniels scores a 61 yard TD vs. BYU

Davaris Daniels scores a 61 yard TD vs. BYU in 2013 (Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports)

2. DaVaris Daniels

Tall thick and fast, his talent package has been more advanced than his dedication heretofore.  He is not Michael Floyd, but he can be the lead receivers and put tremendous pressure on the defensive secondary. Daniels has the ability to defy single coverage. If he can require a defense to provide help to their lead corner when covering Daniels, and do so ON EVERY SNAP, then that opens up space and opportunity for the younger, and very talented, receivers in the Irish arsenal.

We don’t have a mental scan of what Daniels was thinking in his time away. Did he accept the bit and say “it’s different this time and I’m all in!”
or is he still just a college-age kid who is sorting through life its own self? How much did he miss Golson personally and as a passer, and is he now humming Peaches and Herb’s ”Reunited?”.

November one liner

Good: “Slay the fatted calf, Davaris Daniels’ return has been outstanding, and he is beginning to evoke comparisons with former stud Michael Floyd……

Bad: “Maddeningly inconsistent, Daniels teases us with big days and big plays, then seems as if he’s reliving the movie “Now You See Me, Now you Don’t”…….

Golson and Daniels together. Look, these two combined for 6 receptions for 115 yards against Alabama and that glittering, NFL prospect filled secondary. They were both REDSHIRT FRESHMEN that day. That was 18 months ago, and it would be NATURAL that they could do even better today. Golson to Daniels can become a nightmare for defensive coordinators, the first order of business, and the air and bloodsucking challenge for the opposing coordinators. They don’t need to be Hanratty and Seymour. Just close.

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  • Michael the Archangel commented on June 9th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Trusting Everett enough to turn him loose to maximize the entire offense potential we’ve been waiting for since BK arrived could be key to how we see him in November. As for Ishaq, I recall there once was a senior DE named Frank Stams who was placed into his ideal position and came of age in ’88 just in time to impact that ‘D’ and translate that very successful season into a magical year.

    ND depth makes “the next man in” mantra more than a catchy phrase. It’s critical that a certain few step up, and a certain few remain healthy. A very challenging schedule might not translate into 10 wins, but I’m watching for how this team develops come October and beyond into future seasons. It should get noticeably better. Beyond these four, red zone offense scoring TDs instead of FGs and a pressuring D’ forcing TOs and QB sacks/ mistakes despite giving up a few more big plays will also determine our success.

    My optimism soars like a hawk.

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    duranko replied on June 10th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Notre Dame’s depth is unusual in that it is now balanced. Oh, sure, we’re out of whack this year on the DL and LB positions, but that will be fixed by the Spring.

    Kudos to the Archangel and kansirkid for refreshing the memory of Frank Stams’ arrival in ’88 and his particular harassment of Steve Walsh in the Miami game.

    But for the guy who is the all timer for dormant early years. then went ballistic in his last year, I’d give a split decision to John Huarte and Reggie Brooks.

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  • kansirkid commented on June 9th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Frank was SOME player. i remember him well along with many of the other players in 1988. A wonderful year to be Irish. I sill watch the 88 ND/USC game every once in a while. If the rest of the players do their job we can have an exciting year. Everett is only one of the crew. I see a real competition between the two QB’s. Tony Rice was also a very exciting player that year. There were also some real studs on both sides of the ball in 88. I agree with your assumptions, it is the future we need, no just this coming year We have a great bunch of recruits. It is not necessarily 5 stars that can play. I also remember there was a 5 ‘ 9′ defensive back Lou wanted very much to not give a scholarship to because he was too small, slow and so on, but as in many cases he turned out to be a super DB.Go Irish !

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  • hank espo commented on June 9th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I CAN SEE EVERETT DOING BETTER THIS YEAR. HE HAS A LOT OF TALENT AROUND HIM NOT TO BE BETTER. HE HAS GOOD RUNNING BACKS, GOOD RECEIVERS AND A GOOD OFFENSIVE LINE. I ALSO THINK THE DEFENSIVE PLAYERS WILL COME THROUGH AND DO A GOOD JOB. NOTRE DAME HAVE A LOT OF TALENTED FOOTBALL PLAYERS.

    GO IRISH AND SHOW PEOPLE HOW GOOD YOU ARE.

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    Ron Burgundy replied on June 9th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Speak up we can’t hear you.

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    clubgitmo replied on June 10th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Stay off the bottle my friend.

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    Ron Burgundy replied on June 10th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Nobody asked you.

  • TinySkippyNaNu commented on June 9th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    These new d-coordinators always claim they’re going to be “aggressive” or “attacking”.

    Remember, years ago, how Tenuta was going to do the same thing?

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    Shazamrock replied on June 11th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    To this day I’m not really sure why Charlie Weis ever hired former Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta in the first place.

    Corwin Brown was already the ND defensive coordinator.
    Brown had been in place as such before Tenuta was hired. Clearly he had seniority over the defense and Tenuta.
    Brown had already implemented his “Read & React” style of defense and was committed to it.
    And he over ruled every attempt by Tenuta at being more aggressive.

    Here you had two men who both considered themselves top defensive coodinators, both with diffrent styles, and both who continuely butted heads with each other.
    The only thing they ever accomplished together was leaving the players on defense completely confused.

    I saw the hiring of Tenuta as nothing more than a terrible waste of other peoples time, and terrible waste of other peoples money.

    The one trait that CW really seemed to excel at during his time at ND.

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    HURLS replied on June 15th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    C’mon mayon! BVG not only has the pedigree, (pro-experience) he “looks the part.” ND’s New Defense (no – that’s not a coincidental joke) will be meaner this year. Tougher. This is necessary.

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  • bj commented on June 10th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    let eve go, go man go

    tired of waiting

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb-QBR2IzlQ

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    Shazamrock replied on June 10th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    “bj… you can be as great as you want to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life while learning to be patient and supportive for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” Vince Stromboni

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    Ron Burgundy replied on June 10th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    If you can’t grow grass you can’t win a national championship.

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    Shazamrock replied on June 10th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    “It’s true… I live on a horse farm, and horses, they are bigger and tougher on the playing surface than football players”

    -Old MacJohnson-

    (who had a farm)

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  • Jerry Seppanen commented on June 10th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    To have Zaire pushing him is great. He is a better runner than Golson and
    should see valuable playing time. Lets hope in the opener but Rice has
    Texas high school players so could be tougher than many think.

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    clubgitmo replied on June 10th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Jerry,
    Do you think Zaire is going to see a lot of playing time? I sure do not want to see rotating qb’s. It never seems to work.

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  • duranko commented on June 10th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Seppanen has the right idea, rest Golson early. The future is uncertain, but if we can get big leads on Rice, Purdue and Syracuse in September, then Zaire can get some serious time, hopefully some with the first unit.

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  • Woody O’Hardy commented on June 11th, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Just thinking about the glory days of 1988. If I am not mistaken, Pat Terrell was on that team. He was on bad a$$ hitter. He annihilated people.

    Also, remembering Reggie Brooks. He had the most amazing season I ever saw from an Irish player. I was in LA coliseum when he burst right down the middle of the field and split their safeties. It was an incredible display of sheer speed.

    OK regarding 2014, BVG is not Tenuta. I think BVG is just perfect for our personnel. We are going to be a faster defense. Look at the center of the field…Sheldon Day, Jaylon Smith, Max Redfield. we are going to get a lot of sacks and turnovers.

    Diaco’s D was painful to watch. It was effective in 2012 because we could shut down anybody in the red zone. In 2013, we let our opponents waltz down the field and then weren’t able to tighten up enough. 2014 D will be much better than 2013′s.

    Regarding Offense, I see us being a LOT BETTER. TR’s lack of mobility and weak arm created a one dimensional attack. This year, we are going to be way harder to defend. I think we are going to score a lot more points.

    Go IRISH!

    Woodrow

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  • Woody O’Hardy commented on June 11th, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Forgot to mention one of my fondest LA Coliseum memories….1988, Rodney Peete throws interception and Frank Stams unloads a massive block on him, separating his shoulder. IRISH win!

    That year, I was fortunate to be able to attend that game, along with the Miami game at ND, and finally the NC game against Major Harris and the West Virginia Mountain Queers in Tempe. What a trifecta!!!

    Side note: I had a buddy named Jeff Chadwick, he played receiver for the Rams. He said Stams was a BEAST. He had unbelievable strength…benched over 500 lbs.

    Glory days….may they return to us soon!

    Woodrow

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  • Jack W commented on June 11th, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Golson will be a beast. Enough said!

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  • bj commented on June 11th, 2014 at 7:56 am

    thanks ron and shazam, is vince stromboni the world class offensive coordinator that kelly hired to attract guys like barnet to the team?
    that was supposed to be a tony rice video, boy i loved that deep drop, the great option runs and that poor guy from miami he smashed in the pre game brawl

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC3TojIosAY

    go eve

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