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Practice report breakdown: Day Two

Aug 6, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

Spring Practice

There’s not much to gather from today’s practice report, but that certainly won’t stop us from trying. With Notre Dame opening training camp at an offsite location for the first time in recent memory, here’s a quick rundown of the day’s schedule, per a release from the sports information department.

7am — Wake Up Call
7:15-8:15am — Breakfast
8:15am — Special Teams walk-through with Scott Booker
9am — Offense/Defense position group meetings
10:30am — Practice (24 periods)
12:30pm — Lunch
2pm — Team Building Exercises
5pm — Position Group Meetings
6pm — Dinner (Burgers, Chicken Brats, Sea Bass)
6:45 — Position Group Meetings

All in all, a pretty action packed day for the Irish, who are spending these first days of camp with only the team and its staff.

Let’s take a look at the practice report footage, and do our best to pick out the interesting tidbits.

0:15 — You’ve gotta think Shiloh Park is gonna get a bump in revenues from this, right? If only because the team building exercises look so fun. (Reminds me of the greatest TV show that never was…)

0:21 — You didn’t think you’d get through two Jack Nolan videos without a weather update, did you?

0:34 — Freshmen Steve Elmer (79) and Doug Randolph (19) show some nice flexibility during warm-ups.

0:40 — That’s preseason All-American Stephon Tuitt (7) looking every bit as intimidating as you’d expect a 6-6.25, 322-pound defensive end to look.

(There’s been some talk about Tuitt’s camp weight, with his listed 322 pounds larger than Kelly expected him to be after his offseason weight gain raised a few eyebrows in spring practice. Tuitt was able to train with the team this summer, and before you read too far into the number posted, consider the very real chance that they just didn’t adjust the number from the last roster.)

0:42 — Here’s our first look at Tarean Folston (25), practicing ball security drills with fellow freshman back Greg Bryant (1).

0:46 — That’s Tommy Rees (11) working the mobility drills. I’ve heard from multiple people over the past few weeks that have independently said how strong and athletic Rees looks during summer and camp workouts. I’ve also heard that his arm strength looks better than it has in the past, something that could play a huge role in this offense being more efficient if the run game gets cranked up and play-action opportunities present themselves.

0:50 — Rees hits Bryant (1) with a swing pass out of the backfield. From the sounds of it, Bryant is everything that’s been advertised.

0:52 — Look closely and you’ll see the ground shake as big Louis Nix (1) works on a pass rush move.

0:56 — Fifth-year senior linebacking duo Carlo Calabrese (44) and Dan Fox (48) work a coverage drill.

0:58 — Freshman Max Redfield (10) looks comfortable covering the flat.

1:03 –Running back Cam McDaniel makes a catch in front of Jarrett Grace (59) and Kendall Moore (8).

1:05 — Running backs coach Tony Alford gives George Atkinson III (4) and the running backs some pass protection tips.

1:13 — That’s Rashad Kinlaw (26) (taking over for Jamoris Slaughter wearing No. 26) batting down a pass.

1:17 — Safety Elijah Shumate (22) makes a mighty athletic play intercepting the pass in the break-up drill.

1:20 — The Big Ginger, aka Tony Springmann (69) works the pass rush drill.

1:22 — Shumate (22) is all over receiver CJ Prosise (20), breaking up a pass that’s a little late.

1:25 — TJ Jones (7) runs a very nice route as he creates separation from KeiVarae Russell (6).

1:28 — Davaris Daniels (10) sees Jones’ nice route and raises him an even better one, turning around cornerback Bennett Jackson (2) on the post-flag pattern, creating plenty of separation.

1:32 — Safety John Turner (31) does a nice job defending a high throw to Cam McDaniel (33).

1:38 — Fellow freshmen Devin Butler (36) breaks up a pass headed towards Kinlaw (26) in a positional drill.

1:42 — One more look at Tuitt (7), very much playing the role of angry Optimus Prime here. (Or is it Bane, with that facemask?)


  1. 25kgold - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    South Bend Don’t Break!! Knuckle Up Irish!

  2. onward2victory - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    If you look at the 0:50 mark, a very athletic looking #1 catches a pass and on the very next clip he looks 150 lbs heavier.

    It reminds me of Eddie Lacey in the NCG and then Eddie Lacey a few months later at Packers camp.

  3. irishpuma - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Keep up the great work Keith. My nighttime fix!

  4. yaketyyacc - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    thanks Keith. looking forward to more. can’t say work hard, the Notre Dame team is blistering Camp Shiloh.

  5. dudeacow - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Tuitt looks very heavy, meaning he won’t be as quick or fast, meaning it’ll be a down year for his sacks, meaning that he’ll stay for 2014! Yay, kind of.

    • keelio19 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      Give tuitt a break, he had major offseason surgery for an injury he played through all of last season. Now that
      hes healthy expect a much more productive year.

  6. steincj36 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    For anyone more interested in the “team building exercises” at Shiloh, go watch the South Park episode, “I should have never gone ziplining”

  7. blackirish23 - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Slightly off topic. Did anyone see Tyler Eiffert (#85) dominate practice for the Bengals on HBO’s “Hard Knocks?” I knew he was good but I had no idea just how good. Welcome to the league big guy, and way to get Notre Dame some respect.

    Hopefully one of these young TE’s can fill those shoes. Can hardly wait for the season to start….

    Go Irish!!

    • bernhtp - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Tyler is that extremely rare hybrid between a big shifty WR and a traditional TE. If Cincy is smart, they will design some offense around Tyler’s unique capabilities just as Kelly did. Move him around and create mismatches.

      Thanks for the heads up. I will need to find the episode.

  8. rcali - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    So I guess this is the footage of all the players who did not have “poor academic judgment”

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