In just under a month, Notre Dame will officially kick off spring football 2015 after announcing the dates for both the start of spring ball – March 18 – and the annual Notre Dame Blue-Gold game – April 18 – yesterday.
UPDATE: The 2015 Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game will be televised live on NBCSN on April 18 at 12:30.
So mark your calendars Irish fans, the 2015 Notre Dame Blue Gold Game will be in just under two months from now on April 18. What we don’t know, at this time however, is where that game will be played. Rumors floated a month ago that the game could potentially be played at Soldier Field in Chicago due to the construction from the Campus Crossroads Project that started this off-season. Brian Kelly said at his Signing Day Presser, however, that the game would likely be played somewhere on or near campus.
This spring figures to be one of the more intriguing of the Brian Kelly with yet another quarterback controversy. Everett Golson and Malik Zaire are set to square off in what could be the most heated quarterback derby of all the competitions that have taken place during the Brian Kelly era.
In addition to the quarterback race Notre Dame will also be looking to improve a defense that fell apart down the stretch as injuries ravaged Brian VanGorder’s troops on his first year on the job. He’ll be looking for some answers at linebacker while being without Joe Schmidt for spring football and safety specifically this spring, but will also need to find some source of a pass rush as well in order for the Notre Dame defense to move forward in 2015.
Mix in some intriguing early enrollees in Jerry Tillery who has surprisingly started his career on the defensive side of the ball and linebacker Tevon Coney who could force his way onto the field early along with center Tristen Hoge and defensive tackle Micah Dew-Treadway and it’s sure to be an interesting spring.
Other notable dates announced by Notre Dame were the annual Notre Dame Pro Day which will take place on March 31 and the annual Coaches’s Clinic from March 26-28.