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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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Notre Dame Once Again A Pathway to the NFL

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Watching the NFL Draft became a painful endeavor for Irish fans after the departure of Notre Dame coaching legend, Lou Holtz. Notre Dame devolved into something of a run-on joke for NFL pundits who criticized everything ranging from the lack of production from Notre Dame alumni in the NFL to their increasingly dwindling number. And what made the criticisms really sting was their truthfulness. The thirteen NFL Drafts from 1998 to 2010 saw Notre Dame place only three players into the NFL as first round selections. To put this number in proper perspective, Lou Holtz had twelve first round draft ...

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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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Liam Eichenberg Commits to Notre Dame!

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The annual Blue & Gold Weekend wasn’t the banner recruiting event its been in the past due to the scaled down festivities from the construction on the Campus Crossroads Project, but that didn’t stop Notre Dame from making recruiting headlines when Liam Eichenberg, a 4-star offensive lineman from Ohio, committed to Notre Dame on Sunday. I have officially decided to commit to THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME#GoIrish #F16GHTINGIRISH @NDFootball @NoChillCLE pic.twitter.com/rNCP7FSKAl — Liam Eichenberg (@Iggyike17) April 19, 2015 Eichenberg was fresh off a weekend visit to Ohio state when he announced that he was committing to Notre Dame.  The Ohio ...

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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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Julian Okwara Commits to Notre Dame!

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Notre Dame picked up its fifth commitment in the class of 2016 (full Notre Dame commitment list) on Tuesday when Julian Okwara, the brother of current defensive end Romeo Okwara, selected the Irish over Georgia, Michigan, Ole Miss, and Clemson.  As has become commonplace, the young Okwara made his announcement over Twitter. I am officially committing to THE University of Notre Dame #GoIrish #Blessed pic.twitter.com/Sb0R0bNMsA — Julian Okwara (@704jo) April 14, 2015 For those having a hard time reading the text of his statement, here’s the full text: After many months of research and visits I have decided to commit ...

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