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

Tarean Folston- Notre Dame v. Navy

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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3 Reasons Why Notre Dame Can & Can’t Make a Playoff Run

Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports

The championship appearance of 2012 seems so long ago, and while the season was full of memories, the final result was less than memorable. Regardless, Irish fans (and players and coaches) are ready find their football program back in the mix, and land one of the four coveted playoff spots, and hopefully a shot at winning it all. Earning one of those four spots is a huge accomplishment by itself, but winning it all takes a talent, depth, good coaching, and a bit of luck. The quest for that title begins on August 7th, as the Irish make the trip ...

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5 Intriguing Notre Dame Football Games in 2015

Photo: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

As the beginning of August approaches, most college football programs face at least a handful of uncertainties heading into the 2015 season, and the Irish are no different. Whether it be who emerges at tight end, can the Irish generate a pass rush, or can the program as a whole avoid the injury bug that plagued them in 2014? These are all legitimate questions that will play out over the duration of the season, but lack expedited resolutions. The one area that does provide some immediate gratification is the schedule for the upcoming season, and while a fluid situation due ...

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6 Notre Dame Players In Need of Strong Summer Workouts

Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports

Now that the spring game is in the rear view mirror it is time to focus on moving forward. This is true not only for Irish fans, but coaches and players also. For the first time in many years the Notre Dame football program has some exceptional frontline talent and the depth to match. While this is never a bad problem for any program to have, it does present some interesting scenarios and storylines that will reveal themselves as fall practice inches closer. The fact is, a large majority of positions for the Irish program are locked in, and barring ...

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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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