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Irish History 101: Leon Hart, 1949 Heisman Winner

July 9, 2014Comments (0)

Hart was born in Pittsburgh, and was recruited to Notre Dame from Turtle Creek, PA, just Southeast of Pittsburgh.  Hart’s recruiting had some drama. Leahy had assigned the wonderful Moose Krause to recruit Hart and he had been on him like basmati on rice. Hart had not yet visited Notre Dame.  Read more about how Hart ended up [...]


Irish History 101: Johnny Lujack, 1947 Heisman Winner

June 19, 2014Comments (0)

Last week we profiled Angelo Bertelli.  This week we move on to Notre Dame’s 2nd Heisman Winner, Johnny Lujack.  Read about how this high school valedictorian took home college football’s most coveted award.


Irish History 101: Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame’s 1st Heisman Winner

June 13, 2014Comments (0)

During the 2014 off-season, UHND will be profiling all seven Notre Dame Heisman Trophy winners starting with the 1st member of the Fighting Irish to win the award, Angelo Bertelli. Learn more about the Springfield Rifle.


4 Pivotal Notre Dame Players for 2014

June 9, 2014Comments (21)

4 Pivotal Notre Dame Players for 2014

There are many players who will be important for Notre Dame in 2014, but today we identify four Irish players who, individually and together, may well determine the Irish success and final record in 2014. We here use pivotal based on the root word “Pivot:” something on which an event turns or depends. Certain players are, pretty [...]


Duranko’s Digest: Coaching Matters, Notre Dame’s 2014 Faculty

May 6, 2014Comments (9)

It is timely to examine the reconstituted coaching staff or “Football Faculty” as their primary function is to teach. Ah yes, we love our mantra “it’s not the X’s and the O’s but the Jimmies and the Joes” Certainly, talent is a sine qua and recruiting a constant and high priority. But coaching matters.


Notre Dame Post-Spring 2014 Defensive Outlook

April 19, 2014Comments (5)

Notre Dame Post-Spring 2014 Defensive Outlook

In high school algebra we learned that the difficulty of solving an equation increases in relation to the number of unknowns in the equation.  That lesson is applicable to the 2014 Irish Defense. Here are the unknowns: (1) New Coordinator (2) New scheme (3) shift to more aggressive, attacking philosophy (4) more sophisticated third down substitution [...]


2014 Notre Dame Offense: Where Are We?

April 18, 2014Comments (9)

2014 Notre Dame Offense: Where Are We?

The whole, ideally, should be greater than the sum of the parts. But let’s start with “parts.” OFFENSIVE LINE Were Notre Dame to have corporate sponsors for units, Virginia Slims would seem the most appropriate for the offensive line: ”You’ve come a long way baby!” Right now, the line, from left to right appears to be [...]


For Notre Dame Defense: 3-4 or 4-3… Both?

April 10, 2014Comments (8)

Bob Diaco unequivocally installed and stayed with the 3-4 as Notre Dame’s base defense when the Kelly regime began in 2010.


Duranko’s Digest: Kain Colter and the Unionization of Northwestern players

April 4, 2014Comments (23)

Duranko's Digest: Kain Colter and the Unionization of Northwestern players

In large things and small, war games and the sports and games people play, in government, in society, there occur tipping points that mark the beginning of a change in the way things are.


Duranko’s Digest: 6 Focus Areas for Notre Dame Spring Practice

February 23, 2014Comments (43)

Duranko's Digest: 6 Focus Areas for Notre Dame Spring Practice

Spring practice comes early this year, starting the first week in March. There are significant coaching changes on both sides of the ball. Mike Denbrock was named offensive coordinator. His span of control and effective decision making will resemble that of Corrado “Junior” Soprano. Kelly will be running the offense, with Denbrock in training to be an [...]


Duranko’s Digest: Ranking Notre Dame’s 2014 Opponents

February 17, 2014Comments (21)

Duranko's Digest: Ranking Notre Dame's 2014 Opponents

Please note that this post-signing day ranking rates the opponents as we expect them to finish 2014 overall.  Not preseason rankings, but where they would rank on a “true value” ranking if such existed, at the end of the regular season. It does not adjust for the game placement or the home/away factor. Our opinion is that [...]


Duranko’s Digest: 10 frosh likely to play for Notre Dame in 2014

February 10, 2014Comments (14)

Duranko's Digest: 10 frosh likely to play for Notre Dame in 2014

Brian Kelly plays freshmen. Last year 10 frosh saw significant minutes and some were key contributors-on both sides of the ball. the 10 were Elmer, Folston, Fuller, Robinson, Onwualu, Rochell, Redfield, Luke, Butler.and some guy named Jaylon Smith. Here are ten frosh likely to play in 2014: Tyler Newsome – Okay, so punting doesn’t excite you. [...]


Duranko’s Digest: Ranking Notre Dame’s Projected ’14 Defensive Starters

January 28, 2014Comments (19)

Duranko’s Digest: Ranking Notre Dame's Projected '14 Defensive Starters

As we did last week with the offensive starters, today we rank Notre Dame’s projected defensive starters from top to bottom. Dog LB Jaylon Smith – The Golden child came in with absurd, unrealistic expectations.  Then easily EXCEEDED them. A marvelous athlete, hard worker who eagerly accepts coaching, yet the game comes easily to Jaylon. Spond’s injury [...]


Duranko’s Digest: Ranking Notre Dame’s Projected ’14 Offensive Starters

January 23, 2014Comments (25)

Duranko's Digest: Ranking Notre Dame's Projected '14 Offensive Starters

Obviously, a prediction, not a guarantee. Change happens!! And, both healthy and after injuries, depth is more important in this era of football than ever before. QB Everett Golson – Strong, accurate arm who is equally comfortable in the pocket or departing from it. Had a 12/6 TD/Int ratio as a redshirt frosh, a ratio which [...]


Duranko’s Digest: Ranking Notre Dame’s 2014 Units – Winter Eval

January 13, 2014Comments (18)

Duranko's Digest: Ranking Notre Dame's 2014 Units - Winter Eval

We’ll take an early glimpse at the component units of the 2014 Irish. Obviously, such predictions are perilous: (1) injuries occur (2) departures occur (3) players develop, sprout and regress at different paces (4) projecting freshmen before the LOI Date or, vanderdoesingly, after the LOI date, has risks We’ll rate the units projecting them from [...]


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