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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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Is it Greg Bryant’s Time to Shine for Notre Dame?

Greg Bryant - Notre Dame RB

In 2012 Greg Bryant’s star was on the rise, and his future was bright. With over 20 offers on the table including USC, Florida State, Alabama, Ohio St., and Oklahoma, Bryant eventually ended up at Notre Dame after originally committing to Oklahoma. In joining fellow recruit, Tarean Folston, the two were expected to be Notre Dame’s version of “Thunder and Lightning” for years to come, but much like a distant summer storm, the thunder hasn’t been present. A four-star recruit out of American Heritage high school, Bryant seemed to have all the tools to be a featured back at the school ...

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Is Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire’s Time Now?

Malik Zaire - Notre Dame QB

Watching him from the sideline, Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire seemingly was a picture of patience and understanding – a true student of the game. From the inside though, the quarterback from Kettering, Ohio, tells a different story. A story that would include angst, lack of maturity, preparedness, and mental engagement. It’s not a story that is fun to tell for any individual, but by doing so, it most definitely helps eradicate those personal demons. For those fans damning Brian Kelly last year for not replacing embattled starter Everett Golson, sometimes the coach really does know best. It is no ...

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The Growing Game of Corey Robinson

Corey Robinson - Notre Dame WR

He checks in at 6’4” 215lbs, and is a menacing figure to look at on the field. It’s not uncommon for him to tower above opposing defenders by two to three inches, if not more, and he is in the process of learning how to utilize that height to his advantage. The son of NBA legend David Robinson, Corey Robinson is looking to carve his own path, but do so in an entirely different sport. The young man from Texas has been a fan favorite since showing up in South Bend, and his father sitting on the sidelines every game ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting ’15: The Ones That Got Away

Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports

Now that all the smoke has cleared and dust has settled from signing day, it is time for staffs and fans alike, to evaluate the final group of commitments. As with any post-signing day scenario, some programs are very happy, while others need to evaluate their approach and efforts.  For the Irish, it’s probably a bit of both. The most glaring heading into this year’s class were in the secondary, the offensive backfield and at linebacker. Most agree that the coaching did fine with the addition of Josh Adams, and Dexter Williams in the backfield; and that they knocked it out of the ...

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How Notre Dame’s 2015 Class Hit and Missed on Needs

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame HC v. Northwestern

As Brian Kelly and staff started forming the recruiting parameters for 2015, there were obvious needs that had to be addressed, followed by what we would classify as great additions to the class, but not a necessity. There were a number of factors that played into specific target areas for the Notre Dame program, including suspensions, injuries, and transfers; but those are pretty typical factors for any program. One of the bright spots that came from the injuries and suspensions during the 2014 season, was the ability to see young recruits in action. The Irish staff were forced to fill ...

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Josh Adams & Dexter Williams – An A&W RB Combo for Notre Dame?

(Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports)

The Notre Dame football program has seen their fair share of great running backs during their long and storied history, and they are hoping to add to that with the class of 2015. Choosing to not make the backfield position an area of focus in 2014, Kelly and his staff knew that an impact had to made this year. While it hasn’t been easy, it finally looks like they are about to do just that. By now most Irish fans are familiar with current Notre Dame commit, Josh Adams, and becoming so with current Irish target, Dexter Williams. Williams, who had ...

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5 Burning Questions for Notre Dame Leading to Signing Day ’15

Team Highlight (White) wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (6) during the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Photographer: Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire

With just over a week left until signing day, the Irish coaching staff are on full alert. Even though they are feeling good about the collective talent assembled so far, the staff at Notre Dame knows there is still a chance to turn this into an elite class on a national level. Although the opportunity to do just that is there, some questions still need to be answered. Here are five questions that will have a major impact on signing day for the Notre Dame program. What type of impact?, well, that depends on what the answers are. 1.Will the ...

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Notre Dame Gearing Up for Final Recruiting Push

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly waits with his players to enter on to the field in action during the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Spring Game, at Notre Dame Stadium, in South Bend, IN. (Photo: Robin Alam / IconSMI)

As college fans eagerly await signing day, with their technological side-kick a mere inches away, college coaching staffs have no such luxury. Most are busy scurrying around the country, making the final rounds for 2015, while also checking out 2016 targets. Brian Kelly and his staff are no different. The last 2 weeks of recruiting are a blur for most coaches, as they pay final visits, burn their phones up, and have an insane amount of correspondence sent out, on the university’s behalf. All in the hopes of securing the commitment of young men that can change the future of ...

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Notre Dame Football Recruiting – Weekend Update 1/19

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With just two weeks left until signing day, Brian Kelly and his staff hosted, what most considered, a very important recruiting weekend these past few days. There were some very important targets on campus, and this past weekend could be the deciding factor in whether the Irish finish with a solid 2015 recruiting class, or an elite one. With the Irish still looking to bolster running back and secondary depth, the young men who were on campus this weekend, could do just that. Some of the more important recruits who visited, we have listed below. Dexter Williams(4* RB FL) Jalen ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting Weekend Visit Preview 1/16

(Photo: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

A very important weekend lies ahead for the Notre Dame football program. Brian Kelly and staff are set to host four recruits on Friday, and one on Saturday, and are hoping to make some legitimate headway, as they make their final push towards signing day. While the Irish have secured some important pieces in regards to talent, team needs, and depth, these same recruits could determine if the Irish claw back into the top ten nationally in recruiting., and more importantly, fill some very important needs for Irish. The Irish are still seeking secondary help, and Even after adding Aliz’e ...

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Is Good Recruiting Good Enough for Notre Dame, Brian Kelly?

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly runs out onto the field with his players in action during a game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, at Notre Dame Stadium, in South Bend, IN. (Photo - Robin Alam - Icon Sportwire)

With a record of 45-20 during his tenure at Notre Dame,  it would seem that Brian Kelly has proven he(and his staff) can recruit talented athletes, and more importantly, develop them while in his program – it would seem. Kelly runs a specific offense, that requires a specific type of athlete. Over the last three years he and his staff have done a solid job of attracting the type of athlete he needs, but is that good enough for the fans of Notre Dame football? It is no secret that it takes a specific type of young man to want ...

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