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6 Notre Dame Players In Need of Strong Summer Workouts

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Now that the spring game is in the rear view mirror it is time to focus on moving forward. This is true not only for Irish fans, but coaches and players also. For the first time in many years the Notre Dame football program has some exceptional frontline talent and the depth to match. While this is never a bad problem for any program to have, it does present some interesting scenarios and storylines that will reveal themselves as fall practice inches closer. The fact is, a large majority of positions for the Irish program are locked in, and barring ...

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Post Spring Notre Dame Football Stock Report

CJ Prosise - Notre Dame RB

With spring practice complete and Notre Dame ready for OTA’s, we have a somewhat better idea now of what the Irish have to work with and work on between now and September 5.  Based on what we learned this spring, here are some players who saw their stocks rise and fall over the course of the 15 practices the Irish held. A lot can change between now and the fall so this list could be vastly different once the bullets start to fly in September, but for now, here’s what we learned this spring. Trending Up CJ Prosise – Clearly ...

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Harry Hiestand Building a Legacy at Notre Dame

Harry Hiestand - Notre Dame OL Coach

When Harry Hiestand was added to the Notre Dame coaching staff following the departure of Ed Warriner to Ohio State after the 2011 season, his hiring wasn’t met with a whole lot of fanfare.  Three years later, it’s safe to say that Hiestand very well could be the single best assistant coaching hiring Brian Kelly has made since being named the head coach at Notre Dame. Since his arrival at Notre Dame the offensive line has, for the most part, been a source of strength for the Irish.  In 2012 the offensive line paved the way to a title game ...

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10 Observations from the 2015 Blue & Gold Game

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Notre Dame concluded spring practice on Saturday with the annual Blue & Gold game.  While it’s tough to really draw any conclusions from a glorified scrimmage, here are 10 observations from the game and some things to think about as the Irish move into the off-season. 1. There’s a reason there won’t be a decision on the Quarterback until the summer Neither Everett Golson or Malik Zaire did too much to separate themselves.  Zaire had the long bomb to Will Fuller but that was really the only difference and everyone knows that Golson has the ability to hit Fuller deep ...

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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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