Toryan Smith

What to Watch For – Notre Dame at Purdue

Notre Dame travels to West Lafayette to take on the Purdue Boilermakers this weekend.  Here’s a guide of what to watch for and a couple matchups to keep an eye on this weekend. How Purdue covers Golden Tate. How Purdue ...

Initial Impressions – Notre Dame 35, Nevada 0

Notre Dame opened the 2009 season with a bang on Saturday by recording their first shut out in seven years in a 35-0 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack.  Here’s my initial impressions from Notre Dame’s most impressive season opener ...

Blue/Gold Game Player Observations – Defense

Here’s some thoughts from the Blue/Gold game on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive Line Ethan Johnson – Johnson was a force to be reckoned with Saturday. He got pressure on the QB and got good penetration on running ...

Beware of the Blue/Gold All Star… Sometimes – Part III

This week we’ve been looking at Blue/Gold game MVPs of years past.  Monday we took a look at some past Blue/Gold game MVPs who had big games in the annual scrimmage only to fall back down the depth chart in ...

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 ...

Final (Initial) Thoughts on Navy

I finally got a chance to watch a recording of the game to post my full thoughts on the game. James Aldridge looked to have a nice burst against Navy, but went down on arm tackles on  a few occasions ...

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 ...

Spring Ball Video Bonanza

Theres a number of videos from yesterday’s media interviews up on YouTube and all of them are worth watching. First up is an interview with new Linebackers Coach Jon Tentua. [youtube]sMbZYaSx4N0[/youtube]

Breakout Defenders for 2008

(UHND.com) – In 2007, junior safety David Bruton was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal year for the Irish.  At the beginning of the season, Bruton was a junior with zero career starts.  By the end ...

Notre Dame Spring ’07 Report: LB Update

With the addition on a linebacker spot this year with the installation of the 3-4 defense, linebacker has been another hot topic this spring. Notre Dame returns starters Joe Brockington and Maurice Crum from a year ago, but lost Travis ...

5 Things I Wouldn’t Like to See from Notre Dame in 2007

A couple days ago I made a post about 5 things I’d like to see in 2007. Well, today I’m going to switch gears and talk about some things I don’t want to see in 2007. This list includes things ...

Final Review: Notre Dame v. Air Force ’06

The Notre Dame special teams units had another up and down came this week. The Irish blocked a field goal which Terrail Lambert returned for a touchdown, but also allowed two Carl Goia extra points to be blocked before Goia ...

Notre Dame Position Analysis ’06: Linebackers

Maurice Crum (Jr) – 6’0”, 220 Crum started every game at apache last year as a true sophomore after redshirting in 2004.  He’s a versatile athletic who Weis has said can play all three linebacker positions for the Irish if ...

Notre Dame Linebacker Battle Wide Open in 2006

Notre Dame, Ind (UHND.com) — With the Irish losing two starting linebackers and the next two linebackers limited by injuries this spring, the competition is wide open and could rage on into the fall. Brandon Hoyte was a three year ...

Toryan Smith Solidifies Middle Linebacker for Notre Dame

(UHND.com) — Toryan Smith almost brought back some painful memories Wednesday night when he initially picked up an Alabama hat when announcing his college decision, but put that hat down after saying it didn’t fit and put on an Irish ...

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