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Practice Report: Day Six update

Mar 30, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

Bob Elliott ND

For Notre Dame fans looking to get to know new safeties coach Bob Elliott, today is your day. After having coached and mentored co-defensive coordinators Bob Diaco and Kerry Cooks, Diaco was brought on to replace Chuck Martin, who transitioned to the offensive side of the ball. Elliott certainly is bona fide, having coordinated some of the nation’s top units at Iowa and Kansas State.

Tasked with replacing Harrison Smith with three safeties — Jamoris Slaughter, Zeke Motta, and Austin Collinsworth — that all earned significant playing time last season, Elliott will hopefully develop a position group that’ll need to help stabilize the cornerback position, where both Gary Gray and Robert Blanton are being replaced.

Working inside at the Loftus Center thanks to the spring’s first poor weather, today’s report is more of a compilation reel of the safety position. As usual, here are some thoughts and observations to get you through.

  • 0:15 — No weather report, no problem, for Jack Nolan. Sporting double-adidas with the Mike Brey inspired mock-neck and that funky mustard gold, Jack keeps it fresh, per usual.
  • 0:50 — You tend to forget, but Zeke Motta sure looks good in his uniform. He’d be one of the first guys I’d have getting off the bus.
  • 1:16 — Nice to hear from Bob Elliott. Haven’t had the chance to talk to him yet, but have heard nothing but good things out him.
  • 1:48 — No mention of fifth-year safety Danny McCarthy. I’m still waiting for the lightbulb to go on for him, even if I’m all alone sitting in this dark room. Either way, he was an amazingly talented two-way prep star.
  • 2:35 — There’s McCarthy (#15) in warm-up drills.
  • 2:42 — We’re supposed to be watching Jamoris Slaughter swarming to the football, but that’s a pretty impressive throw by Gunner Kiel across the field, showing a ton of arm strength.
  • 2:54 — That’s Matthias Farley (#41) getting coached up. He’s a pretty physical looking player, as we noticed a few practice reports ago.
  • 3:20 — That’s Elliott (back to us) tight ends coach Scott Booker, and director of football ops Chad Klunder yucking it up after practice and talking Kardashians. (You aren’t the only one who is surprised that I just typed that. I’ll defer to Jon Hamm on the subject.)
  • 4:25 — Great moment with Elliot and Zeke Motta, who drops a throw at the end of agility drills. “Zeke, you’re going to get about 10 to 15 chances at interceptions this year,” Elliott said. “You’ve got to get them all.” Truer words haven’t been spoken about an Irish defense desperately in need of forcing turnovers.
  • 4:42 — Elliott coaching up the Irish defensive backs on taking a proper angle. It might seem basic for some Irish fans, but when Denard Robinson is running around in the open field, this is a good lesson to fall back on.
  • 6:40 — Gotta hold onto that one, Danny.
  • 6:48 — Bengal Bouts champ Chris Salvi (#24) and Robby Toma (#9) in a nice little collision.
  • 6:55 — That’s werewolf Austin Collinsworth (#28) delivering the blow with CB Josh Atkinson (#43)
  • 7:00 — My guy Luke Massa (#14) winning the collision with Zeke Motta. Gotta believe the odds-makers got that one wrong.
  • 7:10 — Jalen Brown (#21) and Daniel Smith (#87). Jalen has the look of a football player. Now we’ll see if he can play.
  • 7:15 — The rematch goes to Zeke, powering Massa back.
  • 7:22 — Nice rebound by Josh Atkinson too, standing up Collinsworth.
  • 8:15 — Scott Booker getting excited. Nice to see.



  1. vegasmark - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Man, it’s cool to see Coach Elliot out there running around with the young bucks…Here’s to hoping he can turn the secondary into the South Bend Triangle, where passes go to die!!!
    Go Irish!!!

    • brendanunderscoreg - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      I really like this guy’s demeanor. He seems almost like a father figure out there, a genuinely nice guy. His record speaks for itself. So, let’s hope the players connect with him and listen.

  2. irishsox05 - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    You mentioned the 2010 Navy game. After that game on defense ND used the billboards with the pictures on them to signal in plays for the rest of the year. In 2011 Notre Dame didn’t use them all year except for the Navy game. I’m guessing it helps if Navy doesn’t know what you are going to do.

  3. dickasman - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Guys, have any of you gone to this spring game “brunch” with the players thingy for $100/pop? Is it worth it? I could give 2 BK’s belly about the food. Are you allowed to mingle, take pics, hug and kiss them?

  4. jerseyshorendfan1 - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Keith, I don’t understand the second sentence of this article. Did Elliott coach and mentor Diaco and Cooks? Agree with you on Jalen Brown.

  5. ER Jedi - Mar 31, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    These videos are great. If I was a recruit thinking about ND, this is the kind of coaching that I’d want to see and that would get me excited to come to ND.

  6. nudeman - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    1. Elliott seems like a great guy and coach.
    2. Austin Werewolf again singled out for performing at a high level this spring.
    3. Zeke Motta in mid season form, dropping an easy toss in INT drill. But it was right to him.
    4. At the very end there’s a shot of the whole team. G. Atkinson again stands out as HUGE
    5. Massa easily overwhelms Motta. Dog bites man.
    6. I thought ND football was the one place I could go and NOT hear about the Kardashians

  7. mungman69 - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Who cares?

    • nudeman - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      Meaningless until September.

      • rico75 - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        nude, I think mungman was referring to your post. Why do you feel the need to repeat everything that was already said in the article? Are you trying to demonstrate to everyone your reading comprehension skills? This is why everyone – except for a few of your fanboys – find you really annoying.

      • dickasman - Mar 31, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        Rico, not everybody’s suave like you sir. Quite honestly, I’d rather get a Brazilian wax job than read some of the staledale comments on here. Actually I just yanked a piece of hair reading yours. It goes both ways.

    • nudeman - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      rico and mungman,
      Not cceptable to read an article and watch the video and give an opinion?
      Seems to be what a blog is all about, n’est pas?

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:17 PM

        Rico…………harsh, Dude.

        • dickasman - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:30 PM

          Back on topic anybody going to spring game

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