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Practice report breakdown: Day One

Aug 6, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

Practice Team

Just because contact drills don’t start for a few days doesn’t mean we shouldn’t over analyze every frame of practice footage provided us.

As usual, here’s an overly critical look at the 90+ seconds of practice video released late Monday night by the FIDM staff.

Feel free to jump to conclusions at your own risk, but a very good first glimpse at the ’13 football team.

1:38 — That’s Bennett Jackson (2) breaking down the team before its first practice of the season. A nice spirited breakdown as you’d expect.

1:54 — That’s George Atkinson (4) running with the first string offense, taking the handoff from Tommy Rees (11).

1:56 — Even in just shorts and helmets, Louis Nix (1) is a ton to handle. New center Nick Martin (72) does his best against the preseason All-American.

1:58 — Malik Zaire (8) hits Luke Massa (14) on the crossing route while Tarean Folston (25) looks on.

2:01 –Here’s good on good. Bennett Jackson (2) covering Davaris Daniels (10). There’s plenty of fast twitch on that rep, as Daniels looks explosive in and out of his cuts.

2:03 — Welcome back, Lo Wood (23), who gets a bump on Chris Brown (2) before dropping back into his zone.

2:07 — That’s Kona Schwenke (93) fighting through the interior of the Irish offensive line. Look really carefully, and you see Conor Hanratty (65) watching from the right guard position.

2:10 — Brian Kelly looks on, taking in practice with athletic trainer Rob Hunt.

2:12 — That’s Amir Carlisle (3) hitting the breaks and flying right by freshman safety Max Redfield (10).

2:18 — Here’s our first look at freshman phenom Jaylon Smith (9), dropping back into coverage, getting a jam on fellow freshman James Onwualu (15).

2:21 — Not much Matthias Farley (41) can do when covering Troy Niklas (85) on the out cut. Niklas comes up with the catch even in tight coverage, and then dents the earth when he falls to the ground.

2:25 — What’s the ceiling for Prince Shembo (55) this season? I’m thinking he’s in line for double-digit sacks. Up to 258 pounds, he actually looks svelte and athletic as he powers through the blocking dummies.

2:30 — Check out freshman wide receiver Will Fuller (15), matching up with freshman cornerback Devin Butler (36). While he didn’t want us to read into it, Kelly mentioned Fuller’s burst during his post-practice comments with Jack Nolan. So I’m going to read into that.

2:35 — Nice explosion out of the three-point stance by Ishaq Williams (11).

2:36 — Blink and you miss it: KeiVarae Russell (6) breaks up a pass intended for Danny Smith (87).

2:37 — More Max Redfield (15).

2:40 — Danny Spond (13) in coverage on CJ Prosise (20).

2:42 — Alex Welch (82) looking healthy with the nifty catch.

2:44 — Our first look at Greg Bryant (1) certainly doesn’t disappoint. The freshman running back looks pretty smooth running pass patterns. Another guy Kelly mentioned by name.

2:47 — Cam McDaniel (33) could put on a seminar for how to run downhill. Just a really natural running back.

2:50 — That’s Malik Zaire (8) dropping back to pass.

2:53 — That’s true freshman Isaac Rochelle (90) going one-on-one with Steve Elmer (79). Give Rochelle the win on this rep. Rochelle reportedly notched 26 reps of 225 during summer testing, a really impressive number for a guy that came onto campus looking massive at 6-3.5, 280-pounds.




  1. 25kgold - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Count on me, too! 0_o
    Go Irish!

  2. 25kgold - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Greg Bryant bringing that FLA speed to South Bend!!

  3. irishpuma - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Rees looked really fast and a lot of arm strength. Oh wait that was Zaire!

    Seriously though this could be the year of the Amir!!!!!!!

    • bernhtp - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      The move he put on had Redfield falling over. I’m sure Max was on the ground shaking his head afterwards. He didn’t see anything like that in high school.

  4. 4horsemenrideagain - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I know you can’t tell much from looking at these clips, but based on the 1-2 second cut of TR I’m pretty sure he got bigger, stronger, quicker and increased him vertical leap and broad jump by at least 25% from last year.

    • ndfansince69 - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Are you saying he looks like he could escaped the SB police, this time around? 😉

      Tommy IS ready!

      Go Irish!

      • bernhtp - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        I have inside information that Longo had Rees do thousands of hanging leg lifts every week so if he needs to knee someone again, he’ll actually get away.

      • 4horsemenrideagain - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        my sources say he is so fast that his only worry is the next time he runs from the SBPD, he’ll be mistaken for Chris Brown.

      • irishpuma - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Come on guys remember my sources say he got caught by a 50 year old cab driver who held him for the cops. Nixie could have outrun a cab driver!

      • ndfansince69 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        Well played gentlemen. Well played indeed.

  5. mtflsmitty - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    WR Fuller and WR Onwualu are both wearing #15? Making things hard on you, KA.

    Despite the numerical snafu from the team water boy, I’m so glad football is back. Frankly, it’s sad that 3:00 of football clips from a practice with no pads can provide so much joy and solace. But it is what it is.

    Thank God for The Fightin’ Irish of Notre Dame.

  6. 25kgold - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    I have a feeling that we’ll be winning lots of games in a VERY decisive manner this year!! NO more going into multiple overtimes with teams we should put away by halftime. There’s an attitude about this team that hasn’t been since coach Lou Holtz! The only real thing ND hasn’t had in recent past is some “nasty” to go along with their talent level–BK has brought that out of the players, and you can see it now! Charlie Weis had great talent; hell, even talent just as good as we have currently. Actually, ever since Lou Holtz left South Bend we still get talented young men, but NO will to win and NO “bad boy” attitude!! The ND football of old had it, all the great college football teams in the past had it…Even bama (pardon my lowercase) has it!! Now it’s our time to throw some nasty in the mix!!

  7. yaketyyacc - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    very short video. very good results. camp shiloh is a great idea. can the first game be far away.
    Go Irish!

  8. gmenfan1982 - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Man does this make me pumped for August 31st!

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