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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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Ball State Added to 2018 Notre Dame Football Schedule

Notre Dame - Ball State

While Notre Dame is just hours away now from kicking off Spring Football 2015, athletic director Jack Swarbrick is busy locking down opponents for future Notre Dame schedules.  On Monday we learned that Notre Dame and Ball State will be squaring off for the first time ever in 2018 when the Cardinals travel to Notre Dame Stadium on September 8. Notre Dame’s future schedules don’t offer a lot of flexibility right now with the 5 game ACC agreement in addition to its traditional rivals, but with open spots remaining, Swarbrick is doing a good job of closing out some future ...

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Striking Offensive Balance Imperative for Notre Dame in ’15

Tarean Folston - Notre Dame

The game of college football has seen a metamorphosis over the last ten years from a” balanced offensive attack” philosophy , to a “pass first and fit the run game in when we can” mindset by offensive coordinators and head coaches alike. For better or worse, the pass first mentality has permeated the entire landscape of college football, sans a few programs – same with the pro game. It’s no different at Notre Dame, and if one takes a look at the stats from the 2014 season, compared to the stats of the 2004 and 1994 season, you will notice ...

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