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Spring practice video breakdown: Part six

Apr 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Cam McDaniel

On Saturday, Notre Dame had their first and only open practice of the spring. (Until the Blue-Gold game, that is.) With Loftus packed to the walls with a thousand high school coaches a a large group of local media getting their looks at an Irish squad three-quarters of the way through spring ball, there was plenty to see.

Let’s get into our breakdown of’s official look at practice, which features one impressive catch by freshman Corey Robinson and a few other revealing snippets that give you an idea of how the 2013 squad is shaping up.



0:09 — Kicker/punter Kyle Brindza was given the task of breaking down the squad. Brindza has a lot on his shoulders next season, with the place-kicking and punting jobs both his to lose.

Irish Illustrated’s Tim Prister reported that it was a rough day for the specialists, with Brindza only making two of five field goal attempts, which fifth-year senior Nick Tausch made just one of five. (Worth mentioning: The sky isn’t falling. Kicking in Loftus is far from the real thing.)

0:36 — It sounds like Everett Golson is mic’d up again. That’s a nice reminder that the NBC Sports Channel is airing another one-hour special on the Irish, in the lead up to the Blue-Gold game next Saturday.

0:39 — A little drill work to get us going. Sheldon Day (#91) tackles a fake ball carrier. Ishaq Williams (#11) drives a blocking sled. Bob Diaco coaches up the fundamentals.

0:45 — There’s a lot athletically to like about Daniel Smith (#87). This should be an interesting season for the local South Bend product. Will he be just another spring achiever, or will he play a significant role in the offense.

Remember, it wasn’t all that long ago that Brian Kelly was singing the praises of Deion Walker in spring ball. I think he ended up with one catch the season after.

0:49 — Here’s one of Brindza’s field goal attempts. The snap looked good — thanks to new long-snapper Scott Daly, who is taking over for departing veteran Jordan Cowart.

0:51 — What’s up, Manti?

0:54 — That’s a tough match-up for Austin Collinsworth (#28), trying to match-up physically with Alex Welch (#82).

0:59 — I’ve done my best not to rave about Cam McDaniel (#33) yet, but I’ve got to believe he’s going to get some significant carries in the offense this season. He seems to be a guy that has such a strong grasp of the game, and is too productive of an athlete to keep off the field.

1:05 — About the only guy that CAN keep McDaniel off the field is George Atkinson III (#4). Here’s Atkinson on one of those nifty stretch pitches, getting around the edge and running for a nice gain.

1:11 — Here’s your catch of the spring by freshman Corey Robinson (#88). That’s a heckuva play by a kid many didn’t expect to be ready to contribute. Now (if we’re jumping to conclusions), it’s going to be hard not to imagine a role for him in next year’s offense, especially with his height and ball skills.

1:20 — New receiver CJ Prosise (#20) just did bad, bad things to Eilar Hardy, burning by him for a big gain in one-on-one drills. Prosise is a really intriguing athlete. He’s a 220-pound guy that seems to have pretty good jets, too. (He was a 10.9 100m guy in high school.)

It’s too early to call him a poor man’s Percy Harvin, but it looks like Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin seem to have a guy they think can excel in the slot.

1:27 — Looks like Josh Atkinson (#24) got away with some interference.

1:35 — This looks like some eleven-on-eleven work, with plenty of talent getting after it.

1:38 — Ishaq Williams just plants Will Mahone here. From other reports, it sounds like freshman Mike Heuerman whiffed on his block.

1:45 — Don’t look now, but Tommy Rees has been showing some good touch on his fade routes. Here’s a nice conversion with Davaris Daniels (#10).

1:51 — Big Louis Nix (#1) just burns past Nick Martin on his way to a big hit in the backfield.

1:59 — This would be an exciting development. Golson buys time, keeps his eyes down field and throws a strike to Prosise, who gallops away from defenders for an easy touchdown.

2:04 — That’s a nice play by linebacker Kendall Moore (#8) who is fighting for his chance at middle linebacker. Right now, he’s slotted behind Jarrett Grace, but Moore definitely has the athleticism and physicality necessary to play.

2:10 — That’s Mahone bursting through for a nice gain.

2:12 — Rees throws another nice deep ball — this time it’s Chris Brown (#2) making the back-shoulder catch.

2:18 — Nice grab, Davaris Daniels.





  1. yaketyyacc - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    fusing this article and the last, Notre Dame has made changes and improved its talent. Making coach Martin the play caller, good move. watching freshmen provide incentive for upperclassmen to improve, promises a faster and mentally alert offense and defense.
    there sre teams defeated ny Notre Dame last year determined to win against the Irish this year. they also have improved. so far judging from the peeks we have been given, are they in for a surprise.
    This “seems” to be a great Notre Dame team in th demaking. one that we will not have to wait for 12 games to be played to say: THE IRISH ARE BACK.

  2. yllibnosredna - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Prosise might be a good fit at receiver after all. He looks very good in space.

  3. dutch31 - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Anybody else starting to understand the Neal transfer. Prosise was beating him out. And Carlisle would have been ahead in slot as well.

    • dmac4real - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      This was not it at all.

      • dutch31 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:42 PM

        How do you know? He only has three years of eligibility left and if Kelly was satisfied with Neal he wouldn’t have moved Prosise.

      • dutch31 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        I am not rooting against Neal. Hope he does well. Just seems it would have been hard for him to get on the field and the death chart is young.

      • dmac4real - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Because there are numerous reports of alternative reasons, not only the factor of his daughter.

        Maybe Kelly moved Prosise because we already have 1. Farley 2. Shumate 3. Baratti 4.Collinsworth 5. Hardy 6. Turner 7. Badger 8. Redfield, and only one of those guys has less than two years of eligibility….

  4. kiopta1 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Sony Michel visiting for b&g game. Hood will likely visit the following weekend.

  5. dudeacow - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Look at my natural scouting ability! I’ve always been crazy high on Robinson, and I’ve always thought that he would play a significant role early on. Well, I guess that still remains to be seen, but the chances are looking better.
    It’s also nice to see Chris Brown running around after rumors of a serious hammy injury.

  6. mtflsmitty - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    “Remember, it wasn’t all that long ago that Brian Kelly was singing the praises of Deion Walker in spring ball. I think he ended up with one catch the season after.”

    Obligatory editorial comment to reassert Keith’s journalistic objectivity. Well played, sir.

  7. nudeman - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I love Chuck Martin but I don’t buy for a minute he’ll be calling the plays, at least not for long. BK fashions himself as an offensive and qb guru and I’d guess the leash on Chuck will be short.

    Let’s see if he’s still calling the plays after they put up a stinker offensively or maybe even after a couple unsuccessful 3rd down attempts

    Like Ishaq’s supposed “light going on”, I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • bernhtp - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      You’re trying to hard to read intrigue into a situation where there apparently is none. Kelly had no reason to name Martin as the play caller other than to announce what he was going to do. Kelly obviously expects this to work or he would not have made the change and announcement. If it doesn’t work as well as expected, he will change it back or to something else, but you’re getting ahead of this game.

      • nudeman - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:18 AM


        Just saying it will surprise me if BK doesn’t grab back the reins before week 12. I’ve read that Martin has no trouble standing up to BK so maybe not.

        And if that happens there won’t be any announcement or press release about it.

      • nudeman - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        Btw I just read Kelly’s presser. The exact comment about martin calling the plays was that he’s called them all Spring and “my sense is that will continue”

        That is a bit short of a rock solid ringing endorsement. Maybe I’m making something out of nothing but hey … that’s what blogs are for, isn’t it?

    • steeldominance - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Im with ya Nude. Kelly seems like a guy who likes to have a lot of control. I hope to see more carries for Cam as I think he is an exciting player. With Amir going down and not being back this spring, it could open up more opportunities for Cam.

  8. andy44teg - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Prosise looks like a beast! Wow…that was impressive.

  9. irish13pa - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Those poor running backs. I bet they cant wait to face someone other than thier own def.
    Prosise & Robinson both are looking good.

  10. 4horsemenrideagain - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Corey Robinson channeling his inner-John Goodman! Not just soft hands, but also the wherewithal to change hands before falling down. This is the kind of play Mike Mayock would call “heady.”

    I am looking forward to the Cam McDaniel show next weekend. He’s going to be everywhere; in the backfield, coming out of the backfield, lining up in the slot…he may even throw a halfback pass, play some corner and longsnap (ok, i got a little carried away with those last two). I know he has been dubbed “Run CMC,” but after Saturday he may have to be renamed “Cam I Am” or “Wham, Bam Thank you Cam.”

    • nudeman - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Is it spelled “Cam-mania” or just “Cammania”? Or maybe “Camania”?
      Regardless of his rabid fan base’s opinion that he’s the next Gayle Sayers in waiting …
      NEWSFLASH: He remains an undersized, not terribly fast RB.

      Will he have a role and make a contribution this year? Yes.
      Will he be a major player, getting like 10-15 carries per game and eventually take GAIII’s job, as many would have us believe? NFC

      I’d say he’ll finish the year with around 20-25 carries and maybe 10 catches. Maybe he’ll return some punts (to the extent that’s possible in this system)

      • 4horsemenrideagain - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        “NFC?” you think he’ll be playing in the National Football Conference someday? me too. nude, we are so on the same page with this.

        and i’m pretty sure it’s hyphenated, like in Hulk-a-mania, but Hulk Hogan never moved nearly as well as Cam, not even when Hulk played Thunderlips in Rocky III, though i’d venture to guess Cam wouldn’t mind having the entourage that Thunderlips did.

      • 4horsemenrideagain - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        i almost forgot, since white running backs always draw comparisons to only other white running backs, i’ll note that john riggins, larry csonka and rocky bleier were also thought to be too small and too slow. some may say i’m a dreamer, but i’m not the only one.

      • dmac4real - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        I would imagine Cam would get up to around 60 carriers this year. Thats only 5 a game, which certainly seems attainable with our lack of a proven RB.

      • steeldominance - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Nude, Do you mean he will fair catch some punts?

  11. ugetwutuask4 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    hey 4horseman i like it!! u should go on the dp show and give it a shot at his mock headlines segment. i think you’d do well!! also id thow woodhead in that convo to… very productive back who can play.

  12. fnc111 - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I think I saw bb90grad in the background. He is the on-site NFL scout at ND. Slow footed, 5’8 QB, that was dominated Into looking like a MAC back-up versus Bama is possibly going pro next April after winning the Heisman. And I’m biased for calling Kelly out for what Kelly is and has done? A bunch of MSNBC viewers on this board for sure.

    • NotreDan - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

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