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Cornerback a Position of Strength for Notre Dame in ’15

Devin Butler - Notre Dame CB

The ineffectiveness of the Irish 2014 secondary, specifically the cornerback position, had less to do with talent and ability and more to do with lack of depth and experience. Heading into last season the secondary was supposed to be an area of strength for Notre Dame football, but as the season grew longer, the amount of able bodies grew shorter. When you combine the suspension of KeiVarae Russell along with numerous injuries of varying levels and lengths, the lack of production from the cornerback position during the 2014 campaign really came as no surprise. That’s the bad news, the good news ...

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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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