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Notre Dame Football is Back

October 21, 2014Comments (58)

Notre Dame Football is Back

After some internal debate, I have decided to take a different approach to Notre Dame’s recent contest against Florida State.  Rather than covering the material as a detached observer I am instead going to write as the lifelong Notre Dame fan that I am and include the emotion that comes as a result. Notre Dame [...]


Is Notre Dame Ready for an Undefeated, Primetime Showdown?

October 14, 2014Comments (37)

Is Notre Dame Ready for an Undefeated, Primetime Showdown?

Trap games are common in college football.  It’s easy to understand why a football team like Notre Dame would struggle to get “up” for its contest against North Carolina – a team that arrived in South Bend on a three-game losing skid with double-digit margins of defeat in each contest – after a last second [...]


Notre Dame Remains Undefeated During Weekend of Upsets

October 8, 2014Comments (6)

Notre Dame Remains Undefeated During Weekend of Upsets

It was sloppy, ugly, and difficult to watch. Notre Dame’s sputtering offensive performance against rival Stanford created a frustrating and stressful 60 minutes. Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson struggled against Stanford’s No. 1 ranked defense, completing only 48 percent of his passes as well as being responsible for a lost fumble and an interception. Nine of Notre Dame’s 14 offensive possessions went for 30 yards or less, and two field goals were missed when placeholder Hunter Smith failed to adequately grip the football.


Notre Dame’s Victory over Syracuse Drops Irish in AP Poll as Stanford Looms

September 30, 2014Comments (48)

Notre Dame's Victory over Syracuse Drops Irish in AP Poll as Stanford Looms

It’s amazing how quickly perceptions can change in the world of college football, and September has all but confirmed its fluidity for the Fighting Irish.  Tabbed during the preseason by prognosticating guru Phil Steele as boasting the toughest schedule in 2014, Notre Dame has surprisingly found itself facing questions about the quality of its opponents [...]


Notre Dame’s Wide Receiver Corps Grabbing Respect

September 23, 2014Comments (2)

Notre Dame's Wide Receiver Corps Grabbing Respect

Notre Dame’s undefeated September campaign has created a throng of storylines.  Everett Golson – the Fighting Irish’s modern version of the Prodigal Son – has returned from academic exile to lead the program to a thus-far unblemished record, all while accumulating statistics that have seen his name at least mentioned as a potential Heisman candidate [...]


2014 Notre Dame Schedule Breakout – Part III

August 27, 2014Comments (3)

2014 Notre Dame Schedule Breakout - Part III

In Part II of Notre Dame’s 2014 season prediction, the Fighting Irish exited the month of September with a 3-1 record on their way to two more losses in October at the hands of Stanford and defending national champion, Florida State.  Heading into November, how will Notre Dame fare during the home stretch of its [...]


2014 Notre Dame Schedule Breakout – Part II

August 21, 2014Comments (31)

In Part I of Notre Dame’s 2014 season prediction, the Fighting Irish’s opponents from August and September were examined and a 3-1 record was forecasted after a close loss at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines.  In Part II we look at the heart of Notre Dame’s schedule when analyzing Stanford, North Carolina, Florida State [...]


2014 Notre Dame Schedule Breakout – Part I

August 18, 2014Comments (11)

2014 Notre Dame Schedule Breakout – Part I

For many Notre Dame fans mid-August is an exciting time, as months of anticipation for football season reaches its tipping point as the first game’s kickoff nears.  The news of an academic scandal at the University of Notre Dame is unexpected and deflating, and rightfully so.  But the season draws nearer even if the enthusiasm [...]


Corey Robinson – ’14 Breakout Candidates

August 5, 2014Comments (7)

Corey Robinson - '14 Breakout Candidates

UHND continues its series outlining breakout candidates for 2014 as Notre Dame begins its fall practice regimen at Culver Military Academy in Culver, IN.  This particular session will remain on the offensive side of the football and examine the depth at wide receiver.  UHND has previously detailed the possible emergence of wide receiver Will Fuller, [...]


Greg Bryant – ’14 Breakout Candidate

July 29, 2014Comments (25)

Greg Bryant - '14 Breakout Candidate

UHND has been highlighting Notre Dame football players on the verge of breakout seasons for 2014.  To date, UHND has profiled tight end Durham Smythe, wide receiver Will Fuller, safety Max Redfield, and running back Tarean Folston.  The latest edition of breakout candidates stays in the Irish backfield with sophomore – though he still possesses [...]


Durham Smythe – ’14 Breakout Candidates

July 22, 2014Comments (10)

Durham Smythe - '14 Breakout Candidates

Over the past several weeks UHND.com has presented a series detailing which Notre Dame players have ventured onto the “Now or Never” precipice.  In a separate series, UHND will begin to detail those Notre Dame players on the verge of a breakout campaign, starting with tight end, Durham Smythe. Pedigree Durham Smythe’s commitment to Notre [...]


Now or Never ’14: Ben Koyack

July 15, 2014Comments (28)

Now or Never '14: Ben Koyack

Our series of Now or Never players for Notre Dame in 2014 charges forward today by staying on the offensive side of the ball where he look at a third weapon for Everett Golson and the Notre Dame passing attack – senior tight end Ben Koyack. Koyack actually made our list last year as well, [...]


Notre Dame Linebacker Recruiting Reset

July 8, 2014Comments (7)

Any Notre Dame fan that logged on to ESPN.com to watch Cincinnati linebacker recruit Justin Hilliard announce his college destination last week with the hope an Irish upset would occur – similar to Manti Te’o’s grainy webcam surprise commitment to Notre Dame over USC years ago – was ultimately disappointed when Hilliard selected the in-state [...]


Notre Dame’s Quarterback Future at Crossroads

July 2, 2014Comments (27)

Notre Dame’s Quarterback Future at Crossroads

The quarterback position has been tenuous at best in South Bend since head coach Brian Kelly’s arrival over four years ago. Three days before being announced as Notre Dame’s new head coach, prolific passer Jimmy Clausen opted to forego his final year of eligibility to head for the professional ranks, leaving the Fighting Irish with [...]


How Successful was the Irish Invasion?

June 29, 2014Comments (23)

Notre Dame’s first Irish Invasion camp is in the books, and after one of the biggest recruiting weekends in many years for the Fighting Irish football program, fans were eager to see what good news would begin to be produced as a result.  Nearly one week and only one commitment later – from a kicker [...]


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