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The Battle for Notre Dame’s No. 2 Quarterback

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Everyone knew there would be a quarterback competition at Notre Dame heading into the fall. How many knew it would be between redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer and incoming true freshman Brandon Wimbush is the true question. The departure of Everett Golson to Florida State via the graduate transfer rule upended the balance of Notre Dame’s depth chart at quarterback. Suddenly, Malik Zaire sits alone at the top while his future backup remains unclear. But Wimbush, who will arrive to campus in June, is preparing himself for the increased timetable. “I was really shocked,” Wimbush said to the media upon hearing ...

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Time for Notre Dame’s Backfield to Shine

CJ Prosise Training at RB

One of the major storylines that emerged during Notre Dame’s spring practice sessions was the stellar performance of slot receiver C.J. Prosise when given the opportunity to cross-train at the running back position. “C.J.’s as good a player as we’ve got on the offensive football team right now, in my opinion,” said associate head coach Mike Denbrock.  “You saw what he can do if you hand him the ball, and we saw [it] in the LSU game.” Prosise showcased his potential to be a star in Notre Dame’s Music City Bowl victory over LSU when he rushed for 75-yards on ...

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What’s the Plan with Malik Zaire as Notre Dame’s Starting Quarterback?  ‘Kick Some A**’

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Quarterback Everett Golson has done the expected and will transfer from the University of Notre Dame.  Now that Irish fans have had several days to digest this latest development, the true impact of Golson’s departure can be examined.a The most immediate impact is the ascension of junior Malik Zaire to the starting quarterback position, but another critical advancement involves sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer or incoming freshman quarterback Brandon Wimbush becoming Zaire’s backup.  Notre Dame has suddenly transitioned from great depth at the quarterback position to none at all, with Kizer redshirting his freshman season and receiving almost no spring practice ...

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Notre Dame Stocked with Future NFL Talent

Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB vs ASU

Head coach Brian Kelly has transformed Notre Dame into a legitimate pathway to the NFL since taking the reins in South Bend in 2010.  The Fighting Irish had 8 players selected in last year’s NFL Draft, which tied with Alabama for second overall (LSU was No. 1 with 9 selections).  Notre Dame, as expected, had a quiet presence in the most recent NFL Draft with tight end Ben Koyack being the only player selected late in the seventh-round.  But Notre Dame’s silence this year serves as the calm before the 2016 NFL Draft’s storm, with the Irish having a potentially ...

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Notre Dame Once Again A Pathway to the NFL

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Watching the NFL Draft became a painful endeavor for Irish fans after the departure of Notre Dame coaching legend, Lou Holtz. Notre Dame devolved into something of a run-on joke for NFL pundits who criticized everything ranging from the lack of production from Notre Dame alumni in the NFL to their increasingly dwindling number. And what made the criticisms really sting was their truthfulness. The thirteen NFL Drafts from 1998 to 2010 saw Notre Dame place only three players into the NFL as first round selections. To put this number in proper perspective, Lou Holtz had twelve first round draft ...

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Inside Notre Dame’s Football Program

Notre Dame Football Recruiting 2016

As any hardcore football fan will attest, the offseason is one of the most difficult times of the year. Saturdays somehow feel empty after months of waking up early to a cup of coffee in order to hear what foolish thing Desmond Howard will say, or what gimmicky hat Lee Corso will don at the end of College GameDay. So when the opportunity to attend Notre Dame’s Coaches’ Clinic this past weekend appeared my father and I decided to take full advantage of it. It was a chance to learn more about the game of football as well as a ...

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Early NFL Retirements Place Renewed Emphasis on Academics

Notre Dame Campus

The issue of player safety has grown as a national discussion point in recent years amidst the tragedies of NFL great Junior Seau and former Notre Dame star Dave Duerson, and is reaching uncharted territory with the recently announced retirement of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland. Player safety has made the transition in public discourse from an issue only impacting long since retired players to influencing up-and-coming NFL talent to walk away from the game as they enter their prime. Borland was a standout defensive player at the University of Wisconsin before being selected in the third round of ...

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Notre Dame’s Wide Receivers Set for “Explosive” Plays

Will Fuller - Notre Dame WR

There are a lot of reasons for optimism involving Notre Dame’s offensive future: an elite offensive line, talented running backs and a rushing attack that gashed LSU’s – an SEC power – defense in the Music City Bowl last season. That optimism has transformed into outright excitement with the hiring of Mike Sanford as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and for good reason. Sanford, the offensive coordinator for last season’s Fiesta Bowl-winning Boise State Broncos, led the Broncos to a 29th national ranking in rushing yards as running back Jay Ajayi piled up over 1,800 yards and 28 touchdowns ...

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Who Should be Notre Dame’s Starting Quarterback in 2015? History says Malik Zaire

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A debate over who should be the starting quarterback at Notre Dame seems to be becoming a spring tradition under the Brian Kelly era, and Irish fans have already begun to chime in their two cents with spring practice set to start following St. Patrick’s Day. And Irish fans should have enthusiasm heading into 2015 after Notre Dame’s upset victory over LSU in the Music City Bowl. What wasn’t to like after Kelly’s team dominated LSU with its rushing attack, running the ball 51 times for 263 yards with an average of 5.2 yards per carry? It had been a ...

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Do Notre Dame’s Football Facilities Measure Up to Competition?

Guglielmino-athletics Complex Notre Dame

Former Heisman Trophy winner and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston swung by Ann Arbor, MI, to visit Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh for some last minute, pre-NFL Combine advice. Winston had a lot to say about his visit to Michigan’s campus, but the NFL Combine wasn’t at the top of his list of discussion points. “These guys don’t know how blessed they are to have this kind of facility,” Winston told the media in regard to Michigan’s players. “I mean, Florida State, we’re a very prestigious school, we have nice stuff, but we don’t have this. I’m sorry, I love ...

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