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Watch: Alize Jones Sick One Handed Catch

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One of the many freshmen expected to make an immediate contribution for Notre Dame this fall is 5-star tight end Alize Jones.  Based on the video of a ridiculous one-handed catch by Jones captured by NDSportsBlogger Laura Thomas, it’s easy to see why. Notre Dame is set to start the season this weekend against Texas.  After watching Jones’ crazy catch below, make sure you are all set with all of the game details we posted this morning and all of the Notre Dame vs Texas series history that was so eloquently outlined for us by Duranko yesterday.  Alize Jones Crazy ...

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Notre Dame vs. Texas – Game Details

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The end of the long and tourtuous off-season is finally upon us.  We are in game week for the first time of the 2015 season with our beloved Fighting Irish making final preparations for hosting the Texas Longhorns for the their first visit to Notre Dame Stadium in 20 years.  As we do every week, here is all of the pertinent information for this weekend’s season opener. Game Details Date: September 5, 2015 Kickoff: 7:30 PM ET Location:  Notre Dame Stadium – Notre Dame, Indiana Tickets:Shop Notre Dame Football Tickets Television: NBC (National Broadcast) Internet Broadcast:  NBC Live Extra Mobile: NBC Live Extra Apps Radio: ISP ...

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Notre Dame vs. Texas: A Look at the History

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When old friend Charley Strong leads his Longhorns onto the field at Notre Dame Stadium, it will be the 11th time Texas and Notre Dame have played. The series had a surprisingly early start as the Irish first played Texas in 1913, winning in Austin 30-7. Knute Rockne was on that Irish team and perhaps got a nice taste of traveling to play. The Irish had drawn first blood. The teams played four more times between then and ’54, with the Irish losing only the ’34 game, 7-6 in South Bend. That game occurred during Notre Dame’s “Dark Ages” the ...

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Notre Dame Football Showtime Series Trailer Released

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The first installment of Notre Dame football’s behind the scenes reality TV show has been released with the first episode a little over a week away from premiering.  Here the first glimpse at the show.  The first episode will premiere on Tuesday, September 8 at 10 PM – a few days after Notre Dame’s season opening showdown with Texas. Set your DVR’s, but for now, enjoy the trailer.

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Ishaq Williams Won’t Play for Notre Dame in ’15

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It had long been speculated that a return to the Notre Dame football team was unlikely for Ishaq Williams following his involvement in last summer’s academic scandal.  Thursday that speculation became reality when the NCAA denied the former 5-star recruit’s appeal for eligibility and in the process preventing him from suiting up for Notre Dame in 2015. Williams, unlike Keivarae Russell, was always thought to be a long shot for reinstatement by the NCAA and had not been practicing with the team making Thursday’s news not particularly devastating for Notre Dame’s chances in 2015.  The news was, however, a devastating ...

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Brian VanGorder Year 2: Go Big or Go Home?

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In the hours after Notre Dame’s 31-0 thrashing of rival Michigan under the lights of Notre Dame Stadium, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s stock had never been higher. His defense had just held Michigan to 289 total yards, forced four turnovers, registered three sacks, and produced perhaps the greatest gif in college football history. He’d replaced Bob Diaco’s “bend but don’t break”, totally unfun philosophy, with an attacking defense where he routinely sent multiple safeties, linebackers, cheerleaders, mascots, or as Don Criqui described it, the whole world. It was beautiful to watch; players flying around, making plays, taking the fight to ...

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2015 Notre Dame Football Pre-Season Defensive Unit Rankings

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This rating is easier to make than the offensive ratings, as the unit overflows with both veterans and experienced backups. Except for Jerry Tillery, frosh will play small roles. We will update the ratings after the year’s fourth game, against UMASS. Final Four Level Secondary KeiVarae Russell was outstanding as a starter in 2013 and fully embraced the changes implemented by Brian Van Gorder in installing his new defense in the Spring of 2014.  Russell’s confidence and aggression were about to be unleashed.  Then the academic issue. Russell returned in June 2015 fresh, fit, faster and stronger, albeit with some ...

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Notre Dame Stadium is Getting a Jumbotron

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Ever since the Campus Crossroads project was announced in the spring of 2013, speculation ran wild that the addition of a jumbotron to Notre Dame Stadium would be part of the upgrades.  On Tuesday that speculation became reality when Notre Dame announced the addition of a new “video board” in the south end-zone for the 2017 season among other much needed upgrades. So there you have it.  Notre Dame will finally have a Jumbotron in the stadium for in-game replays, pre-game introductions, and other in-game fan entertainment.  Such an addition has long been debated, and staunchly opposed by many traditionalist ...

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2015 Notre Dame Football Pre-Season Offensive Unit Rankings

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Note: While this evaluation is for the 2015 season, previous performance, or lack of it, or incomplete data, is a significant factor. Ratings may change SIGNIFICANTLY after the first four games. Final Four Caliber Offensive Line It took four years, remarkable recruiting and persistent insistence on outstanding practice and playing habits, but Harry Hiestand’s offensive line has arrived.  Let’s get to the punch line: There will not be 5 better offensive lines in America this Fall, and it could be fewer than that. This line has height, mass, agility, and just enough “darkness in their hearts” to excel.  Steve Elmer, ...

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3 Under the Radar Games on Notre Dame’s 2015 Schedule

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Although many college schedules are pieced together years in advance, fans tend to use the summer off-season to breakdown, assess, and prognosticate the possibilities of the upcoming year, and this year is no different. It’s easy to put focus on games against the Yellow Jackets, Tigers, Longhorns, and Trojans, but as they say, the ‘Devil’s in the details’, and that is most definitely the case with the 2015 Notre Dame football schedule. Here are three games that have the potential to sneak up on the Irish and become the game that Irish fans will refer to after the season as ...

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2015 Notre Dame Fall Camp – Final Practice Top Plays

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Notre Dame closed the training camp portion of fall practice on Friday with the Irish set to begin their fall semester in the classroom on Tuesday. To cap off training camp, the Irish switched jerseys and held practice in the stadium. Here’s some top plays provided by the WatchND crew. Keep an eye out for a new #20, Torii Hunter Jr, running right past the secondary for an easy touchdown.

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