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#16 Jaylon Smith: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#16 Jaylon Smith, Linebacker, 2013-2015 Notre Dame’s most athletic linebacker of all time also ranks, along with Luther Bradley, as one of the greatest natives of Indiana to ever don the Blue and Gold. Born and raised in the Summit ...

#17 Raghib “Rocket” Ismail: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#17 Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, WR/KR/PR/RB 1988-1990 Notre Dame’s most explosive player ever was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but was a prep star at Elmer L. Meyers High School in Wilkes-Barre in Northeast Pennsylvania in the fertile Lehigh River Valley. ...
Tom Clements - Notre Dame QB

#18 Tom Clements: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#18 Tom Clements, Quarterback, 1972-1974 Born in McKees Rocks, Tom Clements was a multi-sport athlete at Canevin High School in Pittsburgh. Beyond being a prep football phenom, Clements was so adept on the basketball court that Dean Smith recruited him ...

#19 Chris Zorich: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#19 Chris Zorich, Nose Tackle, 1988-1990 More Notre Dame fans have driven past Chris Zorich’s High School than that of any other member of the top 25. Zorich played high school football at Chicago Vocational, which abutted the highway as ...
Aaron Taylor - Notre Dame OT

#20 Aaron Taylor: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#20 Aaron Taylor, Tackle , 1990-1993 Aaron Taylor was born in San Francisco, but his parents sent him to play high school football for the legendary Bob Ladoceur at DeLaSalle in Concord in the East Bay. Taylor was a high ...
Nick Buoniconti - Notre Dame

#21 Nick Buoniconti: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

Nick Buoniconti grew up as the son of immigrant Italian bakers in Springfield, MA. As a Catholic he attended Cathedral High School. There was a legend who had walked the corridors of Cathedral, who had starred on its football fields. ...

#22 Ken Macafee: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

The seeds of Notre Dame becoming “Tight End University” were planted by Leon Hart in 1946 and then watered and tended by Hart culminating when he reaped the crop and won the Heisman Trophy in 1949. No other tight end ...

#23 Bill “Moose” Fischer: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

Bill Fischer made the short trek from Chicago and played for Hugh Devore’s ’45 team while Leahy and Lujack were in the service, and Leon Hart was making high school history in Turtle Creek, PA. Fischer was one of the ...

#24 Todd Lyght: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

Todd Lyght arrived in 1987, ready to be groomed as the heir apparent to Tim Brown. But his coaches had other plans and announced their intention to move him to cornerback. Initially stunned, Lyght remembered his roots, that he was ...

#25 Red Salmon: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

Excellence creates unconventional  challenges. Mere  mortals struggle to comprehend and describe greatness   The rich glorious history of Notre Dame Football make compiling a list of the 25 greatest Fighting Irish players as daunting as counting the  grains of sand on ...
Notre Dame Defense - Drue Tranquill

Is Notre Dame moving to a 4-2-5 defense?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BRUTAL ORIGINS When Rutgers “lit up” Princeton 6-4 in 1869 in the first football game ever played, the game’s early defensive DNA was established.  It was brutality at the line of scrimmage and ruthless, often sadistic  tackling. The ...
2016 Notre Dame Football Schedule

Breaking Down Notre Dame’s 2016 Football Schedule

Duranko is back with a breakdown of Notre Dame's 2016 football schedule. Here is a full ranking, in reverse order of difficulty, of Notre Dame's 12 opponents standing between it and a berth in 2016 College Football Playoffs. Michigan State ...
Notre Dame Fiesta Bowl History

Notre Dame’s Fiesta Bowl History

ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA……… The bowl season was ruled by four bowls: Cotton Bowl Rose Bowl Sugar Bowl Orange Bowl Sure there were other bowls, but they were merely ladies-in-waiting, the handmaidens to the Cotton, Rose, Sugar and ...
Notre Dame - Ohio State HIstory

Notre Dame – Ohio State Series History

Ohio State and Notre Dame have played a mere five times, somewhat perplexing given the schools’ prominence and domicile in contiguous states. Notre Dame’s series with Ohio State ties for shortest with Minnesota of the “Original Big X” (Actually 12). ...

Duranko’s Digest: What Did we See in Palo Alto?

A late Stanford rally, initiated with 30 seconds to go, was capped off by Conrad Ukropina’s 45 yard field goal, earning Stanford a 38-36 win over the crestfallen Irish, seeing the Cardinal snatch victory from the nearly clenched jaws of ...

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