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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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Notre Dame Fans Need to R-E-L-A-X

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A week in college football that is supposed to be known more for National Signing Day – where recruits officially sign the dotted line on their future college destinations – was instead a week of anger and frustration for Notre Dame fans. Between head coach Brian Kelly attending the Super Bowl with his family rather than being on campus to meet a visiting safety prospect and the loss of three assistant coaches, Irish fans would have you believe the Notre Dame program is on the brink of disaster. Now might be the time to take a page out of NFL ...

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Notre Dame’s Instant Impact Recruits for 2015

Aliz'e Jones - Notre Dame TE Target

National Signing Day on February 4th represents over one year’s worth of hard work by coaching staffs all over America as they shape the future of their respective programs. Most of the former high school stars turned college freshmen will spend their first year on campus learning the nuances of the college game and preparing their bodies for a new level of competition. A select few, however, will crack the two-deep and see the field immediately. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has more than shown a willingness to play first year players in the past, utilizing nine freshmen during ...

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Weekly Notre Dame Football Recruiting Roundup 1/26

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With National Signing Day only one week away, UHND continues its weekly recruiting updates, bringing you the latest stories of Notre Dame’s 2015 recruiting class. Last week the uncertain future of safety commitment Prentice McKinney was explored. Though McKinney reaffirmed his pledge to Notre Dame to the media – and his high school coach denied Internet rumors that McKinney was unable to qualify academically – the Irish coaching staff continued to recruit other safety prospects, and Internet chatter began to surface that McKinney had taken a visit to North Carolina. UHND reported that McKinney’s recruitment was one to keep an ...

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Weekly Notre Dame Football Recruiting Roundup 1/19

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UHND is continuing its recruiting coverage with weekly updates to bring you the latest developing stories until National Signing Day on February 4th. Last week UHND detailed the likelihood of flipping tight end Aliz’e Jones away from the UCLA Bruins, which ultimately came to fruition. Jones, the No. 1 tight end prospect according to ESPN and the No. 2 for Rivals, was intrigued by Notre Dame’s ability to put tight ends into the NFL, which played a large part in his choosing the Irish. Jones will be a difference maker for Notre Dame and should have an immediate impact, possessing ...

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Weekly Notre Dame Football Recruiting Roundup

Aliz'e Jones - Notre Dame TE Target

This week UHND.com continues its recruiting coverage as college football enters the heart of the recruiting season, with National Signing Day only a few short weeks away. Last week UHND detailed Notre Dame successfully fending off LSU for coveted Louisiana prospect Jerry Tillery as well as updated the recruiting board at the running back position. An addendum to the constantly-in-flux running back recruiting board can be found here. UHND.com will continue to bring you the most significant recruiting developments as they arise. Early Enrollees Four members of Notre Dame’s 2015 recruiting class will begin their college careers on January 13th, ...

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Notre Dame Football Recruiting Heats Up

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While the next Notre Dame game is many months away, college football never stops, as nearly every program not named Oregon and Ohio State transitions to the next major event: National Signing Day, where football recruits offer their final pledges. Notre Dame’s upset victory over SEC powerhouse LSU will provide the Fighting Irish with extra selling points, which could not come at a better time. The Midwest is trending toward becoming a heavyweight fight for talent. Ohio State’s upset victory over Alabama and national championship appearance should skyrocket the Buckeyes’ recruiting power moving forward, and with the current No. 7 ...

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Notre Dame Exorcises Demons in Defeat of LSU

Cody Riggs - Notre Dame CB v. LSU

Sophomore quarterback Malik Zaire looked into ESPN’s cameras after Notre Dame’s stunning 31-28 victory over LSU and couldn’t prevent the tears from rolling down his cheeks. All of the work, frustration and patience required of him since his arrival in South Bend two years ago finally resulted in an opportunity, and the young Ohio native made the absolute most of it. Zaire led the Notre Dame program as the Fighting Irish managed a therapeutic 4th quarter. LSU held possession with less than ten minutes remaining, an unfavorable position for Notre Dame as the Irish had been unable to find any ...

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