Can we purge yesterday’s Shamrock Series uniforms and get back to football? Let’s hope so. Until early October, let’s just not speak of that helmet, which can go hide in the corner of the internet with the FreakBass video for all I care.
But on to football!
Yesterday, we got our first (and only) look at the assistant coaches, with local media getting their chance to catch up with the reassembled coaching staff, and a selection of players.
But before that, the Irish practiced inside the Loftus Sports Center. As usual, Jack Nolan and the UND.com team were there keeping eyes on everything for us.
Here’s the video. As usual, you’ll get my observations below:
0:15 — The honorable Jack Nolan mentions it’s the 15th practice of fall. By my very amateur calculations, expect the “installation” period of camp to be over. As head coach Brian Kelly mentioned, the Irish begin preparing for Navy on Monday. (As you’ll see later in the video, they might have started already…)
0:38 — Come on Jake Golic (88). You can’t dance along? And what’s up with that big cast on your right hand?
1:08 –Time to wake up, Kapron Lewis-Moore. Time for practice…
1:12 — Enjoy this time of year, Irish fans. Ben Turk (35) still hasn’t missed a punt yet. (Snark over.) Kelly mentioned yesterday that Turk has had a great camp.
1:14 — Set to the soundtrack of a Wes Anderson movie, we see Theo Riddick (6) working on the punt return drills we’ve heard mentioned. The senior will get another shot at returning punts this year, after short-circuiting last season early with a few muffed kicks.
1:26 — Great flow, Bob Diaco.
1:29 — Nice cut and run by Riddick, bursting through a hole.
1:32 — Our first Tommy Rees sighting of the year. The quarterback, exiled for game one, and basically held out of drills for much of camp, hands the ball of to Cierre Wood (20).
1:33 — Rapid fire edits! Tyler Eifert (80) beating Josh Atkinson (43) on the underthrown go-route. TJ Jones (7) beating Lo Wood (23) on the slant. Chris Brown (2) having a pass knocked from his hands by Bennett Jackson (2). Eifert beating Jalen Brown (21). That was so easy it should be illegal.
1:40 — Pass rusher Ishaq Williams (11) would’ve had Everett Golson (5) dead to rights before holding up. Getting some productivity in that area from Williams would be huge.
1:42 — Andrew Hendrix (12) hits Eifert for a nice gain.
1:47 — That’s Davonte Neal (19) catching the quick out.
1:49 — Manti Te’o sniffs out another screen pass, laying off George Atkinson (4), instead of putting him into orbit.
1:53 — If the Irish can get more of this out of Davaris Daniels (10), there could be some promise in the passing game this year. That’s just plain and simple beating Jackson one-on-one for a big play.
2:02 — Rapid Fire! Robby Toma (9) trying to put a juke on Ishaq, Golson properly executing the option (?!?) against Romeo Okwara (45), and Kapron Lewis-Moore (89) using Matt Hegarty as a turnstyle on his way to a sack of Hendrix.
2:15 — Is it possible for a wide receiver to be handsy? Well, John Goodman (81) definitely fits the bill, winning the war of hand-checking with Atkinson before making an easy catch on an underthrown ball.
2:17 — Daniel Smith (87) getting a nice release off the line of scrimmage and beating KeiVarae Russell (6) easily on the slant.
2:30 — Team Up-Downs. One thing I’ll never miss from my football career. And also a good look at part of the No. 1 unit: Shembo, KLM, Kona Schwenke, Stephon Tuitt, Te’o and Ben Councell (30).
2:44 — Cierre Wood (20) also getting some reps in the return game. Always a showman that Cierre.