Apr 2, 2013, 7:35 AM EDT
I’m not sure if it’s me slacking or the FIDM team, but it dawned on me that I’m a little behind on the video breakdowns from spring practice. Let’s get right into it and breakdown the past two videos, which featured some interesting looks at the Irish getting physical and some clues as to what the offense might look like in the near future.
Again, anything shown on a team sponsored video has likely been cleared for public consumption, but at this time of year, any glimpse is better than none.
Here’s a frame-by-frame look at March 25th’s practice video, where we saw some physical work as the Irish donned pads for the first time.
0:11 — That’s Ben Koyack (#18) blocking a linebacker (I’m guessing Ben Councell), as George Atkinson bursts through the hole.
0:15 — Freshman Mike Heuerman (#9) goes head up with cornerback Lo Wood (#23) who makes a nice play on the running back darting through the hole.
0:18 — Impressive work by Ishaq Williams (#11), who stands up Troy Niklas (#85) in the hole and stops the ball carrier in the backfield. Any worries about Williams holding up as a down lineman certainly seem alleviated for one snap, as he did a nice job handling Niklas, a pretty imposing specimen.
0:21 — Looks like chaos. Safeties John Turner (#31) and Matthias Farley (#41) stackup against James Onwualu (#17) and Daniel Smith (#87) before Farley slips Smith and makes a nice play on running back Amir Carlisle (#3).
0:27 — Elijah Shumate (#22), Jalen Brown (#21) and Josh Atkinson (#24) go head up with blockers as Malik Zaire (#8) makes a deep handoff to Will Mahone (#32).
0:32 — Cam McDaniel (#33) does a nice job following the pancake block of tackle Zack Martin (#70).
0:36 — That’s Chris Brown (#2) running a pattern that ISN’T a go-route.
0:43 — A wide view of Manti Te’o’s replacement, junior linebacker Jarrett Grace (#59) taking on a block and making a tackle. Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco looks fired up.
0:46 — If I had to guess, that’s a zoomed-in look at the exact same snap we saw at the 0:27 mark. (That’s why I make the big bucks, folks…)
0:51 — Senior tight end Alex Welch (#82) looks pretty mobile for a guy still making his way back from ACL surgery.
0:58 — Fun watching a lefty quarterback fling it around. Zaire seems to have a pretty throwing stroke.
1:03 — That’s Ben Councell (#30), Ishaq Williams (#11) and Romeo Okwara (#45) fighting blocks as they stack up Cam McDaniel.
1:09 — Jumbo edition, as Tyler Stockton (#92), Kona Schwenke (#96) and Sheldon Day (#91) win a battle at the line of scrimmage.
1:13 — Remember last spring when many expected Andrew Hendrix (#12) to be Notre Dame’s quarterback of the future? Now the third option, Hendrix delivers a strike to Troy Niklas.
1:17 — That’s Everett Golson throwing strikes on the move to James Onwualu (#17) and Corey Robinson (#88).
1:28 — Sheldon Day tosses aside Matt Hegarty, making his blocker look silly. Then George Atkinson returns the favor, hitting the e-brake as Day flies right by him, with a ridiculous juke move.
(Look carefully enough and we get our last look at Davonte Neal, who was quick to celebrate with Atkinson.)
Here’s a look at the mini-update from March 27.
0:08 — A nice extended look at Davaris Daniels (#10), who in all likelihood will be the Irish’s No. 1 receiver next season. Daniels does a nice job shaking Lo Wood, then does a nice job talking about it — mic’ed up at practice.
Daniels goes one-on-one with Eilar Hardy (#4) in a blocking drill, one of our limited looks at Hardy, who should be back to full health after a knee injury.
0:40 — Your standard blocking video. Not much more to add here, though we do get the feeling that freshman Onwualu is more than just a willing participant, as he gives Matthias Farley all that he can handle.
0:50 — Cam McDaniel sure looks good running the ball in daylight.
0:53 — That’s Everett Golson finding CJ Prosise (#20) on a short pass, then Joey Brooks (#81) making a nice catch on the out route.
1:03 — Don’t sleep on Luke Massa (#14) who shakes a DB off the line and makes an easy catch. When there wasn’t much depth last spring, Massa looked good until a knee injury sidetracked him.
1:11 — Bobby D coaching them up…
1:20 — A zone read look, with a really nice cut by Atkinson turning an almost TFL for Ben Councell into an explosive gain.
1:23 — Carlo Calabrese (#44) blows past Nick Martin (#72) and flushes Golson, who runs right into the waiting arms of Sheldon Day (#91).
1:29 — Nice catch, Mike Heuerman (#9). It’s really refreshing to see the way the snaps spread out during spring ball for the Irish under Kelly. It’s hard to imagine that Brady Quinn or Jimmy Clausen spent too much time throwing patterns to fourth-string freshmen.
1:32 — Golson likely wants that throw back, hitting Farley in the chest for an interception.
1:35 — Still feels like Hendrix takes too much time to pull the trigger, waiting to hit George Atkinson on the crossing route.
1:45 — Atkinson sure looks like his speed causes problems once he gets past the first level.
1:48 — Tommy Rees throwing the fade route to Corey Robinson. The bean-pole freshman makes a nice play on the ball.
1:53 — Nice timing from Zaire, who throws in rhythm to Onwualu in the flat, who beats John Turner to the corner.
2:07 — That’s Grace vs. Hegarty going head-up.
Sep 4, 2015, 2:16 AM EDT
For all the grand plans on the horizon for Notre Dame’s most promising football team in a decade, none of them can materialize if Saturday goes haywire. So while the Fighting Irish have a team filled with depth, experience and talented playmakers as Texas is mid-renovation in Charlie Strong’s second season, all the magazine covers and preseason All-Americans in the world won’t help once the Irish kickoff at 7:42 on Saturday evening.
Sep 3, 2015, 6:55 PM EDT
The pieces are in place for Notre Dame’s secondary to be great. Led by returning cornerback KeiVarae Russell and armed with depth at every starting position, first-year position coach Todd Lyght has considerable talent to work with.
Sep 2, 2015, 4:53 PM EDT
When Everett Golson pulled the chute and headed south to Tallahassee, Notre Dame’s quarterback competition quickly cleared up. This is Malik Zaire’s football team.
Sep 2, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT
So who’s calling the plays? That was one of the main questions still unanswered heading into the season’s opening game, and when head coach Brian Kelly was asked about it, he was staying mum.
Sep 2, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT
Game week is finally here. After nearly nine months—spent wondering about transfers, speculating upon returns and predicting what’ll happen come September—we finally get to see a football game.
Sep 1, 2015, 2:23 PM EDT
With a strong recruiting surge, some roster shuffling and some good luck (and hard work) in the health department, Notre Dame’s linebacking corps was rebuilt remarkably quickly. A season after question marks were everywhere, the Irish have a linebacking group that is among the fastest and most athletic we’ve seen in a very long time.
Sep 1, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT
Brian Kelly released his first official depth chart on Tuesday. Let’s take a look at some of moves and surprises heading into the Texas game.
Aug 31, 2015, 4:12 PM EDT
Notre Dame’s wide receiving depth chart features talent at just about every level. Starting with All-American candidate and sophomore record-setter Will Fuller and working down to freshmen like Equanimeous St. Brown and C.J. Sanders, top to bottom this is the most exciting set of playmakers the Irish have had at the position in, maybe—ever?
Aug 31, 2015, 11:37 AM EDT
Let’s get the rest of the mailbag finished off so we can concentrate on game week. (Feels really good to type that sentence.) Thanks again for some great questions.
Aug 30, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT
There are a ton of good questions to get to so this will roll out in multiple parts. Many thanks for the thoughtful work. (And some nice examples of brevity.)
Aug 29, 2015, 3:19 PM EDT
After a long line of starters with plenty of experience, Notre Dame’s tight ends all but start over in 2015. Scott Booker’s position group comes in with all sorts of intriguing traits. Unfortunately, none of those are experience.
Aug 28, 2015, 2:50 PM EDT
Brian Kelly was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning and the Irish head coach got his last weekend without a game started by chatting it up with the popular radio host. While Kelly didn’t make any headlines in the interview, he did conduct it from his desk with a Showtime crew hanging a boom mic over his head, part of life with a documentary film crew following him around.
Aug 28, 2015, 1:04 PM EDT
Just about everybody expects Harry Hiestand’s offensive line to be a dominant unit. But after months of preseason hype, they now need to prove they can do it.
Aug 27, 2015, 8:48 PM EDT
Ishaq Williams’ college football career is over. Notre Dame’s exiled defensive end, who sat out last season as part of a two-semester suspension for his role in the “frozen five” academic dishonesty investigation, has lost his NCAA appeal for reinstatement. Brian Kelly shared the news on Thursday after practice
Aug 27, 2015, 8:25 PM EDT
The votes are in and Notre Dame’s football team will be captained by five players. Graduate students Matthias Farley, Nick Martin and Joe Schmidt will be joined by senior Sheldon Day and junior Jaylon Smith as the captains of the 2015 Irish.
Aug 27, 2015, 12:34 PM EDT
It appears that the Greg Bryant era at Notre Dame is over. The junior running back, who was declared academically ineligible to play for the Irish this fall, has enrolled at ASA Miami, a junior college with a new football program run by former Irish assistant Ernest Jones.
Aug 27, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
After two seasons of trying to find carries for a handful of emerging running backs, Notre Dame has the opposite problem: Trying to spread out a growing workload among a smaller, highly-differentiated position group.
Aug 26, 2015, 1:56 PM EDT
With the season right around the corner and preseason camp finished, it’s time to get our final preparations done before the games start counting and the journey begins. We spent the summer pumping out tens of thousands of words on Notre Dame’s evolving roster, so if you’re looking for 50 hours of easy reading, check out the Irish A-to-Z series.
Aug 26, 2015, 12:42 PM EDT
Have a final question before we have actual football to talk about? Today’s the day. Drop them below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.
Aug 25, 2015, 5:06 PM EDT
Notre Dame announced a number of enhancements to Notre Dame Stadium on Tuesday. Most notable among them, a video board that’ll go atop the south end zone.