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Former Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith Named to NFL’s Top 100

Former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith made his debut in the NFL’s Top 100 this year coming in at #61 overall.  The list is voted on by the actual players, not the media, and is released by NFL.com every year. ...

Brian Kelly’s All-Time Notre Dame Team: Defense

If you read the first installment of this two part series, you know the drill. I’m picking the best players from the Kelly era, and fitting them onto a team with the idea they’ll play an actual game. As noted ...

Notre Dame Football And The NFL Draft In The Brian Kelly Era

With the upcoming NFL draft in Philadelphia on the doorstep, and a number of Irish players eagerly awaiting their name to be called, the subject of player development inevitably arises. The NFL draft is always a pretty good gauge of ...

Top 10 Notre Dame Football Players of the Brian Kelly Era

This top ten countdown is based on the players who were the most valuable and talented to come out of Notre Dame during the Brian Kelly era. 10. DeShone Kizer What if Malik Zaire didn’t break his ankle at Virginia, ...
Ronnie Stanley - Notre Dame LT

Notre Dame Now Producing NFL Draft Picks with Star Power

When Brian Kelly took over as head coach of Notre Dame’s football program in December of 2009, he had his work cut out for him.  In addition to inheriting a program that had just endured more losses in a three-year ...

Harrison Smith’s Journey Continues

From a man without a position to a first round draft pick. The collegiate portion of Harrison Smith’s collegiate career closed on Thursday night when the Minnesota Vikings selected Notre Dame’s standout safety with the 29th pick in the 2012 ...
Robert Blanton is one of two cornerbacks that Notre Dame could ill-afford to lose to an injury in 2011. (Photo - Icon SMI)

The Indispensables – 2011 Edition

With just over two days remaining until the 2011 season kicks off for Notre Dame, we take a look at our yearly pre-season list of the most indispensable players on the Irish roster. I started this column last year and ...

An Early Look at Notre Dame’s Top 10 for ’11

Last year UHND and several other Notre Dame bloggers ranked the top 25 players on the Irish roster and there are plans for such an exercise again this year, but today we have an early look at the top 10 ...

Michael Floyd, Harrison Smith Named Captains

In Brian Kelly’s first season at Notre Dame he announced captains on a week by week basis.  In year two, Notre Dame will have the same two captains each week all season long – Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith. After ...

Everyone Wants to Take the 5th

When Brian Kelly met with the media on Friday to wrap up the 2010 season, he announced that all seniors with eligibility remaining have applied for 5th years.  Other than announcing David Ruffer would be back and be on scholarship ...

Initial Impressions: Notre Dame 33, Miami 17

Wow.  What a way to end the season for Notre Dame.  After a surprising three game winning streak to end the season, Notre Dame capped off its last season resurgence with a 33-17 victory over Miami in the Sun Bowl. ...

Initial Impressions – Notre Dame 20, USC 16

THE STREAK IS OVER.  Despite losing the turnover battle 4-1 and playing half of the game in a driving rain storm, Notre Dame ended USC’s 8 year winning streak over the Irish and capped off a roller coaster regular season ...

IBG – Southern Cal Edition

This week’s Irish Blogger Gathering is brought to us by OC Domer – a Notre Dame blogger subjected to USC much more than most of us.  Be sure to check out his responses to these questions with the link above ...

Initial Impressions – Notre Dame 27, Army 3

Notre Dame became bowl eligible with a dominating defensive performance in the inaugural football game in Yankee Stadium Saturday night.  The Irish defense led the way for the second week in a row  as Notre Dame rolled to a 27-3 ...

An Update on Position Battles

Here’s a quick update on some position battles that have been going on through camp that are still going on. Kelly said the battle for the backup QB position is still going on between Nate Montana and Tommy Rees.  Freshmen ...