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Spring practice video breakdown: Part four

Apr 4, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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Let’s get back to the over-analysis!

As we examine another two minutes of ND football players going through drill work, here are a few things I picked up, from either talking to people close to the program or reading other reports:

* It’s interesting to note that a broken collarbone for Amir Carlisle doesn’t mean his spring is over. You can see Carlisle taking actual reps during the practice video, wearing a helmet and participating in practice. (Same for Bennett Jackson, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.)

Again, not to say this isn’t what other programs are doing (or what the Irish did in the past), but it’s good to see that an injury or surgery means a wasted spring of development.

* I’m guessing somebody will ask what’s wrong with Davaris Daniels, who wasn’t wearing pads in the latest video. Ditto with Danny Spond. Not that either player really needs to prove themselves this spring, but worth monitoring.

* In the same interview that Denbrock talking wide receiver roles, he discussed senior Daniel Smith. The man best known for dating Skylar Diggins and his blocking might have a surprise season in him, with Denbrock raving about Smith’s athleticism and ability to catch the football.

Smith might not have the high-end speed needed to be an elite receiver, but he looks like he’ll be a useful part of this offense, doing more than just getting PT on running plays.



0:14 — That’s Romeo Okwara (#45) breaking down the team. Also known as the biggest 17-year-old football player in the world. Do you think the guys are going to do something special for when he turns 18? Buy fireworks? Head to a riverboat casino? Hit up the voting booth?

Jokes aside, Okwara’s development will be really fun to follow. Could ND stash him on the sideline with a redshirt this season? Will he be too good to let them? (More unanswered questions?)

0:26 — Another video, another session of blocking drills! This one features Corey Robinson (#88) locking up with a DB about 1/3 of his height.

0:31 — That’s walk-on Gerard Martinez (#83) getting a rep.

0:35 — Keep those hands inside, CJ Prosise. That looks an awful lot like 10 yards from the spot of the foul.

0:40 — That’s John Turner (#31) doing a nice, physical job with Luke Massa (#14). Turner it the type of big bodied kid you expect to see on special teams this season. Wonder if he’s got the jets needed to play on the back line of this defense.

0:45 — James Onwualu (#17) has a big collision with somebody. (Looks like Matthias Farley.)

0:52 — Back-to-back reps of walk-ons getting reps. Nicely done guys. Use this YouTube clip to your advantage at Corby’s this weekend.

1:00 — TJ Jones (#7) does a nice job exploding on the block. Don’t look now, but Jones is primed to have a very nice senior campaign.

1:03 — KeiVarae Russell (#6) does a nice job of getting underneath Chris Brown (#2). Nice job initiating contact by Russell, who is on the fast track to becoming one of my favorite players.

1:06 — Another big collision with Onwualu.

1:17 — A better job by Prosise this time. (Still a ways to go, though…)

1:22 — Good to see Austin Collinsworth (#28) getting reps out there. He battles the lanky Robinson.

1:25 — Nick Martin (#72) gets the best out of what looks like Justin Utupo. I get the feeling we are looking at the Irish’s starting center.

1:28 — Christian Lombard (#74) guts out a tough collision with Kona Schwenke (#96)

1:38 — There’s something very graceful about the way Corey Robinson catches the football. Should be a fun four years.

1:41 — Isn’t that almost the story of Jalen Brown (#21) so far? Big kid, athletic kid. Let’s a receiver catch a ball in front of him and then tries to tackle. Then again, in this defense corners can give up short, underneath throws all they want.

1:45 — Keep running hard, GA3.

1:51 — Nice hole shot by Tommy Rees, into the soft spot of a two-deep zone. Rees hits freshman Mike Heuerman (#9).

1:59 — TJ Jones makes a nice catch through traffic. Imagine that’s a lot easier than doing it when the bullets are live, but Jones displayed that kind of courage against Alabama in a sneaky good performance.

2:01 — Cam McDaniel with another big gainer. O/U on Cam’s YPC in 2013: 4.9.

2:09 — Russell shows himself to be a savvy DB. Mugs Chris Brown, then gets his hands off him fast enough to sell the purity of the play. (Before anyone complains, that’s just proper gamesmanship for a cornerback.)

2:22 — How excited was Bobby D? Jumping back bump, that’s how.

  1. 4horsemenrideagain - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Poor Rudy. If only you tube existed back then, his dad, his brother and that prudish girl, Mary, would have all believed his story so much earlier.

  2. bernhtp - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Keith, Corby’s?

    They demolished it and moved it about a mile away (further from campus). Judging by the reviews (humorous, BTW), it isn’t even a college bar anymore.

    • smartestjones - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Are you sure you aren’t thinking about CJ’s? At least for me (’01 grad), Corby’s has always been on Lasalle.

      • bernhtp - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Corby’s used to be at Corby and Eddy back in the old days. It used to be a pure college (dive) bar. Now it appears to be mixed townie and ND.

        The bars have really gone upscale now with the emergence of Eddy Street Commons.

  3. dickasman - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Didn’t we hear same thing about him last year? What a disappointment. I expect zero contribution from him this year.

    • bernhtp - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Who are you talking about? The article referenced at least a dozen players. You write more clearly about hookers, cocaine, trannys and arse pooching.

      • mtflsmitty - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        Damn funny, Bern. Damn funny.

      • dickasman - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:17 AM

        You can’t figure that out and call yourself Irish fan? Dan smith

  4. 25kgold - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    This team will truly be a BK team! All of his personnel will be implemented, and there are NO MORE hold overs from the Charlie Weis era (in any key position that it). I’m really looking at this year to see what BK & Co. really have to offer! Should be fun to watch!

  5. yogihilt - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Off topic here a little.. Bleacher report says 5 star T KC McDermott chose Miami over ND. 6 5, 290.. oh well.

    • andy44teg - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      I think he has a brother playing there doesn’t he? Nevertheless…it’s pretty early in the game to give up on a recruit, especially nowadays. That’d be like giving up on ND with 5 mins to go vs. Pitt being down 20-6….speaking of sPitt..anyone else see their stud RB Shell is set to transfer??

      • don74 - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        He has a brother playing OL at Miami and the oldest brother is a GA for the offense at ND.

    • bernhtp - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      So do you think that McDermott will actually commit to Miami on NSD once they have another crappy season and the NCAA puts them on probation?

      It’s way too early in the process to write anyone off yet, especially in this situation.

  6. fnc111 - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Cam will be the no. 1 RB most if not all of the season. 4.6 yards per carry for him. No reason Daniel Smith cant be that solid possession receiver like Kamara was at times. Smith caught everything thrown at him last year and blocks like a man. This is what Kelly wants I guess so we are going to have to like it. He won’t play the speed demon guys like Neal and Ferg so they leave. All Kelly plays are slow unathletic people. Maybe CBKs idol really was that douche of a coach named Bo.

    • bernhtp - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      How does one get such a morosely negative view on everything? Were you molested as a child? Was the molester a nun? Are you sure the nun was really a woman and not some old guy all coked up and cross-dressed as a nun? Did she want to pooch your arse? Enquiring minds want to know, really.

      • papadec - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        bern – ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ……….. now we’ve seen a new side of the bern humor. Too funny. Don’t let the trolls get under your skin. Reminds me that we haven’t heard from Harv since the tree poisoning sentencing, stealth, sinister and the whole “roll tide roll” contingent. I expect the Auburn/sec trolls to be very quiet (for awhile anyway). We can always count on dickas though.

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:03 AM

        I think you’re on to something here bern….

        FNC = (F)ondled by (N)uns with (C)ocks and

        111 – This sign is used to indicate that your thoughts are related to the start of a new cycle in your life. What you are thinking about doing or changing is correct for the new phase of your life.

        …the guy is just trying to move on from the days of when bearded nuns cupped his balls. Having endured a number of sexual offenses, he now focuses his hate on BK’s offense.


      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:05 AM

        …and for the record, i’m not a therapist. But i stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night (with dickassman, a bag of coke, and Bill Walton’s vinyl collection)

      • dickasman - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        Clearly you’re lying cuz you left out escorts. Cocaine and escorts go hand in hand like the four horsemen and their horses

      • dickasman - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        Idrather, Sofitel or the w is where it’s at. Escorts will not show up at holiday express.

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