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May 14, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

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  1. irishwilliamsport - May 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Keith,

    Do you think being able to practice inside the stadium on the new turf a few times a week will pay dividends on game day at home ?

    Also, there seems to be a lull in recruiting, is there any reason for concern or is there a lot of activity behind the scenes that I don’t realize is going on ?

  2. irishdodger - May 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Keith,

    I’m a huge Irish fan living in Arkansas. I’ve read where ND has offered two Arkansans: KJ Hill & Will Gragg. They both look to be getting a lot of big time offers, specifically from the SEC. I see where Hill is planning an OV to ND while Gragg looks to have ND further down his list. What are the chances they could leave SEC country for South Bend? IMO, snaring a highly rated recruit out of the Deep South (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama) seems more of a challenge vs top prospects from South Florida, Texas & Cali for ND.

  3. jomilly - May 14, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Any chance at Ty Isaac?

    • shaunodame - May 14, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      ^^^^ I second this. ^^^^
      I could be wrong, but don’t we have an open scholarship up for grabs with Luke Massa’s last minute departure? Ty Isaac would be a great addition.

      • domerboyirish - May 15, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        I seriously doubt he’s coming here. We already have two stud RB’s from his class so I don’t think we need him. Plus, look how well the last U$C to ND transfer has worked out. Carlisle hasn’t played much. Don’t be surprised if he goes some place closer to Chicago like Northwestern (smart) or NIU.

  4. kmic000 - May 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    When ND is in the 3-4 this year, who do you think the DLine and linebackers will be?

    • shaunodame - May 14, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Purely speculation, but if Keith does end up answering this question I’d like to see how far off I was…

      LDE: Isaac Rochell NT: Jarron Jones RDE: Sheldon Day
      CAT (rush) LB: Romeo Okwara/Ishaq Williams MIKE (middle strong) LB: Jarrett Grace (healed) or Michael Deeb WILL (middle weak) LB: Joe Schmidt DOG (drop) LB: Jaylon Smith

      • 1notredamefan - May 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        get over yourself dude!

  5. onward2victory - May 14, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Keith my biggest concern for this team is the Dline, specifically being able to stop the run. Under Diaco, the Irish were very good against the run and had the personnel required. But I’m afraid that this aggressive-defense-talk that BVG is implementing might be all for naught if they can’t stop the run first. What do you think?

  6. sfnd - May 14, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Keith, I would like to hear your thoughts on how ND will adjust to the continual transformation of NCAA football, particularly the increasing separation of the student from the athlete.

    The new rule for unlimited meals and the proposal for the Big 5 conferences to set their own rules on certain matters are just two examples.

    While I understand that college football is big business, is the game in and inexorable movement to being the NFL minor league — and remove any pretensions of academics? Some schools got there long ago. Will ND follow?

    Will there be a premier league (some subset of the Big 5 conferences), the remaining FBS (old Dv 1) and then the FCS (old Div 1-AA)?

    Where will Jenkins and Swarbrick take ND?

    • onward2victory - May 14, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      Great question. I’d actually be interested in reading a feature length article about this topic from Keith’s perspective.

      Tagging onto this question, does ND have bag men??

  7. danirish - May 14, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    How about Jalen Atkinson at kickoff and/or punt returner? Any noise that way?

    • mediocrebob - May 14, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Josh Adkinson? Or Jalen Brown?

  8. mediocrebob - May 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Any word on Springman and Grace recoveries? I know Springman was at practices conditioning. I think he is someone that could help out big time this fall with his experience and size. Does his skill set fit as an interior guy in the 4-3? Does he profile as a situational guy in run situations/ against the Stanford’s of the world? Very interested and unsure of how the depth will play out on defense.

  9. sfnd - May 14, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Ty Isaac?

  10. irishdog80 - May 14, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Which of the ND player that were drafted, other than Zack Martin, will have the longest and most productive career in the NFL?

    Which undrafted FA from ND this year will have the longest and most productive career…if any?

  11. getsome99 - May 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Isaacs to ND would be incredible. Yes, we have Greg Bryant and Folston for 2-3 more years, but with McDaniel out after this year, Isaacs would be the perfect complementary 3rd back. A big bruising back for short yardage, goal line, and 4Q closer situations is exactly what we need.

    • 4horsemenrideagain - May 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      if the kid is really 6’3″ and 225, tell him he needs to add 15 pounds and then he can play ILB AND fullback.

  12. shaunodame - May 14, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Your best guess at a LB Depth Chart (both 4-3 and 3-4) w/ Mike Sam and Will or Cat Dog Mike and Will

    and a Wide Receiver Depth Chart w/ X, Z and Slot

  13. ajw21 - May 14, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    If you want to hear Swarbrick’s take on the college football world evolving, read the South Bend Tribune or download ND Insider if you have a smartphone. It’s an interesting 2 part interview, and no mention of a bag man, lol.
    Go Irish!

  14. steincj36 - May 15, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Does the fact that BK will be calling plays scare anyone else besides me? Am I just apprehensive to this because of the Weis era?

  15. ndlv - May 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    In my opinion, Coach Kelly was a great choice when he was hired because he has turned the program around from its downward trend during the previous regimes. In the future, whether he keeps the team at the current level or helps it get to the very top of college football is still up in the air. Based on what Coach Kelly has accomplished at ND, where does he rank relative to earlier coaches at ND? Where do you think he ranks relative to other coaches currently in college football? Is he in the top 10? Can you think of 10 other coaches today that would be better fits at ND than Kelly? Thanks for your great columns Keith!

  16. lightskin350 - May 16, 2014 at 5:20 AM

    Notre Dame usually don’t bring in a lot of kids who transfer from other schools but Brian Kelly really seems to be open about adding more. Its no secret that the Irish went hard after Ty Isaac and he is leaving U$C, I wanted to ask your thoughts on him possibly landing in South Bend.

  17. 1notredamefan - May 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    What do you feel about this Sam’s, Sterling travesty? Is It a dilemma for the ages..

  18. poppajohn818 - May 17, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Did I read that Cam D. Is leaving ND now or is finishing his last yr?

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