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Max Redfield: A Case Study in Opportunity Lost

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly acted swiftly, fairly, and sternly on Sunday when he dismissed starting free safety Max Redfield from the team following the senior’s arrest early Saturday morning on possession of marijuana and an unlicensed fire arm.  Redfield, a one time 5-star recruit and starting member of the 10th ranked Fighting Irish, saw his Notre Dame career end as one of the most disappointing big time recruits to ever enroll at Notre Dame.  Max Redfield came to Notre Dame amid much fanfare in Notre Dame’s now notorious 2013 recruiting class.  Redfield joined Jaylon Smith and Eddie Vanderdoes ...

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How Notre Dame Will Replace Max Redfield

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Brian Kelly did not waste too much time before deciding it was time to part ways with the much maligned Max Redfield following his arrest along with four other teammates on Friday night in Fulton, Indiana.  The former five-star recruit who never lived up to his promise on the field saw his Notre Dame career go up in smoke following his latest off the field issue.  While the future of other four members of the 2016 Fighting Irish remain up in the air, Notre Dame at a minimum faces a challenge in replacing it’s starting free safety. The story of Max ...

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Max Redfield Kicked Off Notre Dame Football Team, Devin Butler Suspended

Max Redfield has been kicked off of the Notre Dame football team

It was a quiet day and a half since news of six Notre Dame football players being arrested over the weekend hit the wires.  Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly broke the silence on Sunday afternoon by dismissing senior Max Redfield from the Notre Dame team and suspending Devin Butler indefinitely.  The other four members of the team arrested Friday night have not received any disciplinary action at this time.   That could change depending on the outcome of the legal process. “During the past 24 hours, I have met with each of the members of our team involved in ...

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Notre Dame Ranked #10 in ’16 Pre-Season AP Poll

Notre Dame Football

While the mood around Notre Dame football was a bit somber this weekend following the two separate incidents that resulted in six players arrested, the Irish received good news on Sunday with the first AP Poll of year.  Notre Dame comes in ranked in the top 10 for the first time in a decade right at #10. While the AP and Coaches Poll no longer play a roll in the determining the National Champion, a team’s placement in both polls are a good indicator of where they will eventually be ranked in the College Football Playoff rankings when they are ...

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Justin Yoon Heating Up for Notre Dame?

Justin Yoon - Notre Dame K

Throughout the Notre Dame’s fall camp Justin Yoon has struggled with consistency to the point that Brian Kelly talked about it in depth at Media Day on Wednesday.  On Friday though, Yoon was seen nailing the 50 yarder seen above.  Is it a sign of the sophomore kicker getting back on track? Hopefully so.  Notre Dame is going to need Justin Yoon on top of his game this fall.

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Report: Max Redfield, Five Other Notre Dame Football Players Arrested

Max Redfield - Notre Dame S

Notre Dame has potentially got it’s yearly off-season kick in the nuts this Saturday morning with reports of six Notre Dame football players including starters Max Redfield and Tevon Coney being arrested Friday night and Saturday morning in two separate incidents. In total the six players reported to have been arrested include Redfield, Coney, Dexter Williams, Ashon White, Kevin Stepherson, and Devin Butler.  All but Butler were reportedly arrested together in Fulton County, Indiana according to ABC 57 in South Bend. The arrests came as a result of a routine traffic stop. The group was initially stopped due to speeding, but ...

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Brian Kelly ‘Concerned’ with Notre Dame Wide Receivers

Equanimeous St. Brown - Notre Dame WR

We all knew that there would be some bumps in the road for the Notre Dame wide receivers in 2016.  The Irish are replacing all three of their 2015 starters and two weeks into camp the young receiving corps is still struggling with consistency.  That lack of consistency has their head coach concerned with just over two weeks to go before the season opener. “I’m concerned,” said Brian Kelly on Media Day Wednesday.  “They are all young. I mean, I’m concerned with every one of them,” he added.  His lone senior and expected go to wide receiver is no exception. “Torii Hunter, ...

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Brian Kelly Addresses Justin Yoon’s Camp Struggles

Justin Yoon - Notre Dame K

Lost in the shuffle of Brian Kelly’s decision that he will play both Malik Zaire and Deshone Kizer against Texas was Kelly’s comments regarding his reportedly struggling sophomore kicker, Justin Yoon. In the practices that have been open to the media, Yoon has not been the impressive kicker we all saw last fall causing many to be concerned. Don’t count Brian Kelly among those concerned. “He’s not there yet, but I think when we get ready to play Texas, I think he’ll be right on,” said Kelly on Wednesday. Before coming to that conclusion, Kelly talked about the new battery ...

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Brian VanGorder Talks Notre Dame’s 2016 Defense

Brian Vangorder

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder spoke to the media at length yesterday about the Irish defense heading into the 2016 season.  The stoic but confident VanGorder offered up a few insights into how the Notre Dame defense is progressing and what they have to work on over the final couple of weeks before they open the season in Austin. Not exactly comforting that the first answer from VanGorder talked about how difficult and challenging it is to get the players to learn the X’s and O’s.  Not surprising that Cole Luke and James Onwualu were two players that BVG ...

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Jay Hayes Injured; Status for Texas Uncertain

(Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports)

Notre Dame has been relatively lucky thus far in fall camp on the injury front.  There’s been a few bumps and bruises here and there, but until Monday the status of no staters was uncertain.  That changed Wednesday when Brian Kelly announced that Jay Hayes has a high ankle sprain and is in walking book. “He’s grade one, high ankle sprain. Not a severe one,” Kelly said of the projected starter at WDE.  “(He’s) been in the boot now, I think this is his third day, fourth day. That’s generally seven to ten days but we’ll take it each day,” ...

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Watch: Notre Dame WR Miles Boykin Makes Ridiculous Catch


We’ve spent a lot of time this summer talking about Equanimeous St Brown, Torii Hunter, CJ Sanders, and Corey Holmes.  Freshmen Chase Claypool, Kevin Stepherson, and Javon McKinley have caught everyone’s attention at times as well.  Wednesday, however, it was massive sophomore Miles Boykin raising eyebrows with a ridiculous one-handed catch. Poor Julian Love.  The freshman corner has blanket coverage on Boykin in the clip above, but Boykin still reached around him and made a ridiculous one-handed catch.  Boykin isn’t going to run by a lot of corners at his size, but he is very capable of doing exactly what ...

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Notre Dame Football Fall Camp ’16: Week 1 Defense Recap

Tevon Coney - Notre Dame LB

Monday we ran through a recap of each offensive position group on the offensive side of the ball this far into camp.  Today we move over to the defensive side of the ball where there are just as many questions remain for the Irish. Defensive Line Heading into camp there was competition at WDE between Jay Hayes and Andrew Trumbetti and questions around Jarron Jones’s work volume. Jay Hayes – Kelly has been praising Hayes’s strength at the point of attack and even went so far as to say that he could even drop into coverage in certain situations.  He ...

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Robots Attack Notre Dame Football Practice!


The future has arrived for Notre Dame football this summer with robots being used to simulate a pass rush.  In the first video published by Bleacher Report as part of its new media partnership with Notre Dame we see the Irish quarterbacks getting attacked by robots. “You got sacked by a robot,” you can hear someone joked to Malik Zaire after the robot gets the better of him. I am pretty sure Tarean Folston would be sitting out a game if that robot were an actual defender, but can blame him for attacking back! In all seriousness, it really is ...

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Notre Dame Football Fall Camp ’16: Week 1 Offense Recap

Malik Zaire - Notre Dame QB

The first week of Notre Dame’s fall camp in 2016 is in the books.  As the Irish prepare for their second week in camp, we have a position by position update on how the Irish are looking starting with the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback The most marquee position battle for Notre Dame this summer and one of the most watched quarterback competitions in the entire country.  As of now, neither has separated themselves and a decision does not seem imminent at this point.  Here’s what we have heard and seen though: Deshone Kizer – Appears to have better command ...

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Notre Dame Right Guard: And Then There Were Two


Four of the five starting positions in the 2016 Notre Dame offensive line were locked up coming out of spring practice.  The 5th is still an open competition more than a week into camp with senior Colin McGovern and sophomore Tristen Hoge splitting reps and battling it out. Heading into fall camp, the right guard position was expected to be a battle between Hoge, McGovern, Hunter Bivin and true freshman Tommy Kraemer.  On Saturday though, Brian Kelly noted that the Hoge and McGovern were the main competitors at the position. “We have two guys in there that are really sharing ...

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