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Practice video: two-minute update

Aug 8, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

Theo Riddick Michigan State

There hasn’t been much news out of the LaBar practice fields since the Irish opened training camp over the weekend. With Brian Kelly’s troops able to keep some secrecy around their offense with the battle between Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson, there hasn’t been much to see publicly as training camp ramps up.

But that’s likely to change in the next few days as Notre Dame opened up practice to the media today as pads go on and two-a-days begin later this week.  As reports trickle back, here’s a quick two-minute segment from that gives us a sneak peak into what’s been going on in the opening days of camp.



0:15 — Wait, that’s not Jack Nolan. It’s Ryan Camden,’s intrepid host of Fighting Irish Xtra, who leads us through these sights and sounds. “Bigger, faster, and better,” Camden says of the videos. I think we’d all be happy with that, though I hope faster doesn’t mean shorter.

0:40 — Nice play by Jamoris Slaughter (26). Reminds me of the acrobatic interception he made against Air Force last year.

0:49 — That’s Lo Wood (23) making a nice play on the ball, breaking up a deep pass to TJ Jones (7).

0:53 – Newsflash: George Atkinson (4) is still fast. He looked like a Ferrari making that turn and bolting down the sideline.

0:58 – This time it’s cornerback Cam McDaniel (33) making a nice play on the fade route as Jones can’t go up and get it.

1:02 — That’s All-American tight end Tyler Eifert prancing into the end zone. Note to the defense: That’s All-American Tyler Eifert. You might want to cover him.

1:07 — Fancy work by freshman receiver Justin Ferguson (15) making fellow freshman KeiVarae Russell (6) look like a pylon in red zone drills.

1:11 — This time it’s Zeke Motta (17) breaking up the pass to Jones. One of the problems with videos like this is it makes you wonder if the Irish defense is making good plays or TJ Jones isn’t getting the type of separation he needs.

Jones is going to be a key member of the receiving corps, but it’s understandable if clips like this give Irish fans some heartburn.

1:17 — Candidate No. 1 for the quarterbacking job against Navy, Andrew Hendrix, scrambles through traffic for a nice gain.

1:20 — Candidate No. 2 for the quarterbacking job against Navy, Everett Golson, does the same.

If you’re looking to reach some conclusions on this four-second segment, here’s just one observation. Golson is working with and against the No. 1 unit. Hendrix looks to be running the reserve offense and playing against a defense filled with backups.

1:25 — Tough to tell if that’s Theo Riddick with his jersey number tucked into his shoulder pads, but it looks like a nice run in open space for the senior.

1:29Bennett Jackson (2) wins this one-on-one battle against John Goodman (81) on a deep ball, doing the same on what looks like tight end Ben Koyack (18).

1:35 — I think most Irish fans would be happy seeing Riddick high-step into the end zone this season.

1:40 — That’s really big tight end Troy Niklas (85) making the nice catch-and-run in the red zone. (It also looked like the beginning of a nice touchdown celebration.)

1:50 — Another nice play by McDaniel, this time breaking up a pass to Davaris Daniels (10). I wouldn’t be surprised if McDaniel makes his way into some DB-heavy packages, he seems pretty natural out there and has made a nice transition.




  1. bernhtp - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Keith: Nice breakdown and commentary.

    I’m glad to see Cam McDaniel adjusting quickly to his new position. He seems like a great kid with a lot of heart, but a bit less talent than the elite athletes that dominate the RB position now. He might contribute some at CB this season beyond some time at special teams.

  2. joeschu - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    The University is typically pretty PR astute, and this piece was near perfectly designed to show balance.

  3. runners00 - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Great lunch break video. Everyone looks so fresh — fast and furious and motivated and ready to go get some wins! That was fun.

    Back to the sushi (I know — from SushiFix truck, @ corner of Marquette and 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis). Tasty

  4. 808raiderinparadise - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Hmmmmm, so much to say … to be real I’m scared about Hendrix …

    I want Golson to get the gig, even tho the lack of experience I just feel like the kid is a playmaker and thats what we need at the QB position this year with a stout defense.

  5. indyron - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I know it could be a product of editing but TJ Jones looked uninspired much like last season. I understand it’s only seconds of video but you couple that with his tweets “I have to do better” makes you wonder if he’s ready to step up.

    • audomer - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      how many blocks did he miss last year…i lost track after 7…….

    • 808raiderinparadise - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Don’t worry Toma will be great underneath with Eifert drawing double teams.

      • ndfansince69 - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        Not related: Hear Alex Welch out! ACL.

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