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2012 Blue Gold Game Highlights

Offensive inconsistency plagued the Irish on Saturday as Notre Dame wrapped up Spring Practice for 2012. (Photo - Matt Cashore / USPresswire)

Notre Dame completed spring practice for 2012 over the weekend with the annual Blue-Gold game and while there is plenty to dissect from the game over the next few days and weeks, here are some highlights from the game.

We’ll get more into the impressive performances of Everett Golson, George Atkinson, and others over the next few days.


  1. i hope that they put some of lou’s backbone in kelly’s spine.

    • bj,

      This is the reason Urban will never coach at ND. This story rings true if you read a lot about the meeting Urban had with ND administration where he wanted to get “a certain type of player into ND”. The administration said no and I applaud them. The SEC will sell it’s sole for football, so much as to turn a blind eye at drug infractions and other things that would get you kicked out of other schools. Nice person to pick Ohio State to clean up your program.

  2. To a speedy recovery for coach!

  3. Now Isaac Rochell joins the Irish!! Great addition – and there will be more.

    Look out – here come the Irish!!!

    Is it September yet?

  4. I, like many here, would have named Everett Golson the Starting QB coming out of the spring game if I were the ND head coach.
    Terriffic runner, strong arm, and plays with a smile on his face.

    My only real concern with Golson is his size. Listed at 5’8″ 175 lbs, I fear the number of hits, plus the wear and tear he will take running Kelly’s spread offense over the course of the season, will be too much for him.

    Then I read about the only two FBS starting freshmen running backs to rush for over a 1000 yards last year.

    One was Giovani Bernard (a player ND tried very hard to recruit) from North Carolina who is listed at 5’10” 205 and rushed for 1,253 yards, and the other is Lyle McCombs from UCONN who is listed at 5’8″ 166 and rushed for 1,151 yards.

    That’s pretty impressive stuff for players of that size.

    Perhaps I’m wrong in assuming Golson is too small. Maybe it isn’t the size of the player… just the size of his heart that is most important.

    • Shaz,

      I think Golson is listed at 6′ not 5’8″. He weights in at 185. He is putting on weight, but my main concern is he has been challenged by
      BK to not only be the best athelete on the field, but also read plays like Tommy. I want to see if this kid grasps the brass ring this year and becomes the total player. I would like him to command the offense to run the Oregon quick pace in order to keep defenses on the field and get them tired. Imagine with the running back talent ND has that a team would not be able to sub and keep players on the field chasing those little fast running backs and receivers around. Not to mention Golson is a threat to take it to the house.

  5. Apparently his rating already has gone up since last time i checked. Listed as a 4*

  6. Isaac Rochell committed today. 6-5 260 DE 3 star. I expect that rating to go up. He has offers from just about every SEC school. Kelly has really done well recruiting the south.

    • Amen JTRAIN,

      Not to mention, BK has ND the #4 Team on scout.

      Ahead of the (like Delta say’s) “Special Ed Conference” boys:

      #5 Georgia
      #6 Florida
      #7 Ohio State
      #8 Alabama
      #9 USC
      #10 Auburn

      If BK can hang on to the recruiting edge. I must admit it will pay off in the future. Fingers crossed!

      Go Irish!

  7. Jc

    As todd said anzalone and hargreaves are two guys he has said he is going to get after. I think it will be anzalone myself just because of position group.

    I think his biggest influence though is going to be just his excitement and enthusiasm about coming to nd. Between him and zaire out there talking up nd and the class i think we will see some top recruits wanting to be part of this thing.

    • Todd & JTRAIN,

      Key timing on this is great and we surely need all the good news we can get.

      It is difficult not to be excited about potential recruits joining this group.

      Thanks for the input guys. I’ll keep a closer eye on these targeted recruits by Smith.

  8. JC,

    In reference to your question above, I believe Smith is particularly targeting Alex Anzalone (PA) and Vernon Hargreaves (FLA). Both are reported to be outstanding defensive players (Anzalone – LB and Hargreaves – CB). Both are positions of need. I believe Anzalone originally gave OSU a verbal but has since backed off that and is very interested in the Irish.

  9. JTRAIN, (King Tweeter)ha.

    Who do you see Smith having the greatest influence on 1st?

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