Kerry Neal

Kelly Clipboard – Michigan Week

Brian Kelly met with the media on Tuesday to discuss this weekend’s match-up with rival Michigan.  Here are some notes about what Kelly had to say. On if playing against an athletic quarterback in Robert Marve helps prepare Notre Dame ...

First Depth Chart Released

The first depth chart of the season was released by Notre Dame Monday and there are a few surprises in the two deep heading into this weekend’s season opener versus Purdue. Here are a few thoughts on the first two ...

Now Or Never Players for ’10

Every year there are a few players heading into their final year or two of eligibility who came in with a lot of hype but have yet to play much or make much of an impact. Whether it be injuries, ...

Ranking the Irish – Notre Dame’s Top 25 Players

When ESPN released it’s list of Top 5 Notre Dame players last week it got the Irish blogosphere talking. In response, NBC’s Keith Arnold enlisted the help of a few of us Notre Dame bloggers to expanded on ESPN’s idea ...

Five Fighting For Two at OLB

As Notre Dame begins the first spring practice in the Brian Kelly Era, the one position where we might see the fiercest competition is at outside linebacker where five talented athletes will be competing for two starting spots. The move ...

Initial Impressions – Washington at Notre Dame

After making the long trip home from South Bend and rewatching the game, here are my initial impressions from Notre Dame’s latest last minute victory. All three of the goal line stands were remarkable.  The double goal line stand was ...

5 Questions Facing the Defense in ’09

Yesterday we took a look at five questions facing the Notre Dame offense in 2009.  Today we’ll take a look at five questions facing the young but talented Irish defense. 1. Will the young DL hold up? Like on the ...

Blanton, Fleming, & Kuntz Among Few Bright Spots

While tonight’s game will go down as one of the more embarassing of the Weis Era, a few young and one old defender showed some heart and played really good games despite the lopsided loss.  Robert Blanton, Darius Fleming, and ...

Random Thoughts Coming Out of the Bye

Here’s some random thoughts coming off the bye week. Looking back at the UNC game for a minute… Was the first half of that game the best coached half of football under Weis since the 2005 USC game or was ...

That’s What We Call a Sack Lunch

Despite blitzing with great frequency this year, the Notre Dame under has just one sack so far this season.  With our relative lack of depth and playmaking ability along the defensive line I am not too surprised that we’ve struggled ...

Season Preview ’08: Linebackers

Ever since Brandon Hoyte and Corey Mayes graduated after the 2005 season, the linebacker position has been a liability for the Notre Dame defense.  The past two seasons the Irish have used an under sized cast of characters that were ...

Notes from Monday’s “Irish Eyes” Drill

UND.com posted the full video of the “Irish Eyes” Drill (the drill in which a defender lines up in front of a blocker and needs to shed the block and tackle a running back).  Here are my observations on the ...

Weis Notes – 8/10

Here are some notes from Charlie Weis’s press conference with the media Sunday. Morrice Richardson played better than Justin Brown in the spring.  Brown is competing for the position and should play in the two deep.  Both are also being ...

Neal Seeing Some Time at DE; Smith at ILB

According to the Journal Gazette on Monday, sophomore OLB Kerry Neal has been seeing some time at defensive end and fellow sophomore OLB Brian Smith has been seeing some time on the inside as well as the outside. Their paths ...

Kerry Neal and Brian Smith Videos

Another set of interviews from Irish Illustrated via YouTube – this time sophomore starting outside linebackers Brian Smith and Kerry Neal. [youtube]hnIHPD1kIMo[/youtube]

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