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IBG: Spring cleaning

Apr 24, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

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With the spring game in the rearview mirror, and the long abyss ahead of us before fall camp, we thought it was a good time to get the old band back together, with the Irish Blogger Gathering reuniting for a one-day special.

With Josh Flynt off to greener pastures at the Monogram Club, we’re waiting a few beats before UND.com’s Strong & True blogger is selected. But until we get there, we decided to add a new name to the crew — with the Subway Domer swinging for the fences and adding Mike Coffey from NDNation.com to the group. Known mostly as El Kabong, Mike’s been one of the leading voices online talking about Notre Dame football, and is probably the reason you stumbled your way to this blog.

Mike was kind enough to post my answers to his rather thoughtful questions. Mike answered questions for the gang at Her Loyal Sons. And of course our ringleader, the Subway Domer, will get around to this when he’s good and ready.

(And not selling an amazing t-shirt.)

So here goes. I asked The Subway Domer a few post-spring questions and he answered:

Give me your top three surprises heading out of spring football?

This would be a lot easier to answer if it had been 3 things that DIDN’T surprise me, because this has been a fairly predictable spring- but I will do my best…

1. Maybe I wasn’t listening, but I’m surprised that we haven’t heard more about Danny Spond. We heard a lot about Ben Councell coming up behind him, but Spond was missing as he stood right in front of our eyes. Maybe that will change in the fall when Jaylon Smith gets thrown in the mix, and maybe it won’t. I just thought there would be something of note floating around in my head post-spring, but there isn’t anything at all.

2. Despite some massive personnel losses in Riddick, Wood, Cave, and Eifert, I really thought the offense would have looked much crisper in the spring game. I realize that there are a ton of different factors causing the “blah” play, but it was a bit surprising as I bought into some of the coach speak leading up to the game.

3. I guess with all of the bad karma at the end of the season, I think I was expecting some disastrous injury to jump out of the bushes. It sucked that Carlilse was slowed down by one and it really sucked that Hounshell will miss another season… but, none of that comes close to a Nix torn pectoral, or a Golson torn ACL, or a Tuitt leg amputation. Although these things would have been “shocking,” I’m more surprised that we came out of spring pretty damn healthy.

Everybody knows ND needs to replace the heart of the defense, Manti Te’o, and the engine of the offense, Tyler Eifert. Outside of the two first-round picks, who else is going to be the most missed?

There are two guys that I kept wishing were returning this year. Braxston Cave and Kapron Lewis-Moore. Not only will their play be missed, but more importantly it’s their leadership in the trenches, the huddle, and in the lockeroom that I know Notre Dame will miss this season. Somebody will step up, but it was a nice luxury item to have last year.

How boring was this spring? Do you think it was a product of how crazy life was this winter (BCS, Te’o, Kelly and the Eagles, etc.) or is this what life is like when your program wins games and has some stability?

Nail, meet hammer. Boring is exactly how I would word this spring. Maybe it was because January and February were so hectic. Maybe it’s because we are 100% sure Golson is the starting quarterback. Maybe it’s because the staff returns intact. Maybe it’s because we get so little real and useful information out of spring ball.

Maybe.

For me, it’s a big mix of all of these things, but also because I think I have finally learned my lesson about spring football. It’s about the little things and not the big things- and that, my friend, is how the word, “boring” comes across the tongue.

At any rate, it’s still football and it adds to the anticipation of the fall- even if it’s just adds more questions. We’re addicts and after getting back to the top of the CFB world, the spring high is just a little low.

  1. fnc111 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Not quite back to the top. I hope someday soon.

  2. goirishgo - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I’m not sure how good any of the backs are since they had nowhere to run all day. O-line got dominated.

  3. nudeman - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    First comment I’ve seen on how boring the Spring was, and I concur wholeheartedly

    A year ago the board was in flames over the possibility that Rees would keep the starting job (it wasn’t just me stoking that fire) and the incredible way that turnovers ruined the 2011 season, and still angst as to why BK ran off everybody’s favorite guy, Dayne Crist. It didn’t help that they came out and turned it over like 14 times in the BG game

    There were still questions about Kelly and whether the sloppy play was something he could fix and whether he had a blind spot re: Rees.

    This Spring was anticlimactic by any relative measurement.
    QB is settled, turnovers way down, excitement about the frosh coming in, and still a glow from an undefeated reg. season. WR and RB still a concern, but could be way worse.

    I’ll take it.

  4. 25kgold - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    It’s going to be prom night come Sep 7th vs. Michigan as our D-line is going to have their way all night long!!!!! (providing it’s a night game, of course).

    St. Nix–passing out gifts all season long!!

    • glowplugv - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Am I missing something? All I saw was receivers making nice catches on what looked like crisp routes. A few run stuffs, but also some good holes/runs. Mostly nothing shocking about their offense.

  5. kiopta1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Can’t wait to see if Bryant or Folston get into the mix. Physically, Bryant looks ready to go.

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