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Fall Camp video: Full pads practice breakdown

Aug 11, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

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We’re still playing catchup from the weekend, but the most recent practice report from our friends at had some good footage that we thought needed over-analyzing.

Let’s get down to it.


0:30 — Speakers must be pumping pretty loud as Jack Nolan has his pipes working at midseason form here in his intro.

0:36 — A good look at Sheldon Day (91) against Conor Hanratty (65). Day’s quickness is apparent, but Hanratty does a nice job of competing during the one-on-one drill.

0:41 — While he hasn’t been talked about much, sophomore Isaac Rochell (90) is taking a ton of second-team reps. He’s going to be a key piece to the puzzle up front, especially if he can play up to the 287 pounds he checked in at for fall camp.

0:46 — This is a great rep for Cody Riggs (2), who gets Will Fuller (7) off his route from the beginning and does a nice job of staying on the legal side of physical before he breaks up the pass.

0:52 — Nice rep by Nick Martin (72) who does a great job holding up against the bulk and power of Jarron Jones (94).

1:01 — Another impressive rep by C.J. Prosise (20), who continues to run with the 2s, but looking really explosive.

1:05 — That’s freshman Jay Hayes (93) doing a nice job against Ronnie Stanley (78), who looks a little wobbly before the snap. It was interesting to hear Brian Kelly’s confidence in Stanley as a left tackle (or at any position) over the weekend, a sign that Kelly expects Stanley to be another very good one.

1:10 — That’s physical coverage by KeiVarae Russell (6) who takes Chris Brown (2) out of his route from almost the start. This type of work will be very beneficial for the Irish receivers when the regular season gets started.

1:15 — Day gets underneath Christian Lombard here, with Lombard doing a good job keeping his hands out of Day’s facemask for an easy penalty.

1:20 — More video of Cam McDaniel split out wide, catching a slant underneath some soft coverage.

1:25 — That’s a promising rep by Rochell, who pushes the pocket and center Nick Martin backwards nicely.

1:30 — Interestingly, that’s Ishaq Williams (11) taking a rep on the inside against Hanratty. Perhaps Williams will shift inside on pass rushing downs, letting a young edge player come in and chase down the quarterback?

1:33 — Corey Robinson just can’t shake cornerback Cole Luke (perhaps still wearing the No. 36 jersey he wore last year when he shared the field with Amir Carlisle.

1:35 — Stanley gets great depth as he takes on Romeo Okwara (45), but the young defensive end does a decent job of recovering and getting absorbed on the initial hit.

1:42 — Austin Collinsworth (28) loses his jock strap on a double move by Prosise, who twists around the safety for a big play. It’s just one rep, but it does nothing to help the knock on Collinsworth’s coverage skills. (I prefer to look at this as a good play by Prosise more than an indictment of Collinsworth).

1:49 — If you want to win the starting tackle job Mike McGlinchey (68), you can’t wear rollerskates. A very impressive rep by Andrew Trumbetti (98) who nullified McGlinchey’s size advantage with quickness and power.

1:55 — Amir Carlisle (3) looks good.

2:01 — So does Fuller, who beats Josh Atkinson (24) on an inside route after getting a clean release. It’s worth noting that Atkinson earned a ton of rave reviews from the local media who saw bits of Saturday’s practice.

2:15 — Another victory of Rochell, this time beating out Hunter Bivin (70).

2: 18 — A good battle between Russell and Brown, with the back-shoulder throw a little low, and Russell’s coverage pretty good. Right now, when the yellow flag is in the pocket of the practice ref, everything looks gravy for the DBs. But come a Saturday with a neutral conference officiating crew? Let’s see how this all shakes out.

2:22 — Another rep where Ishaq is playing inside.

2:26 — Walk-on veteran Connor Cavalaris beats freshman Justin Brent (11) on the inside route, with Brent never getting Cavalaris off his mark. The young freshman needs to push the DB, and Cavalaris looked like he was squatting on the route.

2:33 — An interesting rep between freshman Jon Bonner (55) and guard Colin McGovern (62). I’m starting to think McGovern is a really good football player, and I’m already convinced that’s the case with Bonner.

2:39 — Nice craftsmanship by Brown, getting separation from Nick Watkins (19) and making the catch for a touchdown. Leverage lost by Watkins after a good start.

2:43 — Heckuva toss by DeShone Kizer (14), floating a touchdown pass over the top of coverage to Prosise. Matthias Farley tries to pick a spot and get to the ball, but Kizer made a great throw.

2:51 — 11-on-11 reps start, with Everett Golson working the play-fake before trying to connect with Fuller. A very good breakup by Cody Riggs. Looks like a snap from the pistol. Also like the way that Joe Schmidt (38) and John Turner (31) are flying to the ball.

3:00 — A big hole opens up for Tarean Folston (25), who bursts through the second-string defense. Nice work on the zone read by Malik Zaire. The fake froze Michael Deeb (42) in the slop, and allowed the big run.

3:05 — Great job on the mesh by Golson, who rides the handoff with Greg Bryant until Ishaq commits to Golson. That gives Bryant the chance to get around the edge, and from there he blows around the corner, picking up about 15 explosive yards against the No. 1 defense.

3:15 — That’s another big play by Bryant, who starts off the right side, bounces it back to avoid a few tackles, and ends up with a 20+ yard carry against the No. 1 defense. It looked like half-a-dozen defenders had a chance at Bryant, but he cut on a dime and made a big play at the second level.

3:25 — Nice pitch and catch between Golson and Brown, who had one-on-one coverage on the outside hash against Cole Luke. Brown made Luke miss and made Max Redfield (10) had to come over and clean up.

3:36 — Pretty much the typical Cam McDaniel run. Not much there, but McDaniel shows patience before falling forward for a modest gain. Nice backside work for Ishaq and Collinsworth, who comes crashing down in the box.

3:40 — It wasn’t pretty, but Bryant fights his way into the end zone. That’s Tyler Luatua (13) motioning into the backfield, given the not-so-fun assignment of blocking Jaylon Smith. He gets just enough of Smith to help spring Bryant.




  1. 4horsemenrideagain - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    bryant looks like he has another gear that everyone else doesn’t have.

    farley looks like everyone else has another gear that he doesn’t have. i’m glad they moved him back to safety. press coverage isn’t his game.

    • 25kgold - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      I hope they move Farley off the field!

    • heartofgoldandblue - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Agreed…. I think soccer is his game.

  2. longliveautrydenson - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Stray observations, out of order:

    3:15 – Greg Bryant looks like he was created in a video game with all of his attributes jacked up to 99. He’s coming to end all life in college football as we know it.

    1:42 – I appreciate Austin Collinsworth’s football IQ and run support as much as the next guy, but I think I’d rather live with Elijah Shumate’s occasional lapses than Collinsworth getting absolutely smoked by 2nd string WRs.

    1:42; 2:41 – C.J. Prosise does not look like a 2nd string WR. He’s looked very impressive this summer, and it speaks to the depth on in our receiving corps that he’s not starting.

    2:51 – Keith gives a shout out to John Turner, a player I haven’t heard much about other than he’s likely starting. I’d like to know more about his and James Onwalu’s summer performance before I feel remotely confident in our D this year.

    1:09; 1:49; 2:23 – J. Hayes, Trumbetti, and Bonner. Forget recruiting rankings, I’m jacked about all three of these guys’ potential. I can’t wait to see Trumbetti and Hayes coming in on 3rd down, pinning their ears back and getting after the QB.

    • toconnell14 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      I could not agree more about the Collinsworth comment, the guy needs to be off the field. He is a textbook example of what our defense used to be under Weis and we simply no longer have room for an injury prone player who has a remarkable lack of athleticism. I’d take Shumate on a broken leg before I put collinsworth onto the field. Man we need better safeties.

  3. knuterocknesghost - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Glad to see how well Andrew Trumbetti can already play.

    One 2014 recruit that so far has had little mention is Jhohnny Williams. Hasn’t played football that long. Basketball was his first love. Trained in mixed martial arts. Also runs in track. Ran on his school’s 400 meter relay team. Rivals and Scout’s web sites both claim a 4.5 40-time for him. That would be amazing if true given his size. He was 6-5 230 when he signed his national letter of intent. Listed on UND at 6-4 252. Notable offers only include Missouri and Michigan. Still, I really believe he’s likely to contribute in spots as a third down pass rusher. Could eventually be moved to play OLB in his career. Another recruit ND pulled in based on its coaches own evaluation of talent rather than being all that concerned with the number of this kid’s recruiting stars (which are 3). Family has gone through a lot recently. His brother is a cancer survivor. He chose ND in part because of its proximity to his hometown of Benton Harbor.

    • knuterocknesghost - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      At 2:03 3-star Jhonny Williams #33 goes up against 5-star Quinton Nelson #56. Williams looks like he didn’t find time to read either his or Nelson’s press clippings before strapping up on Saturday.

      • nudeman - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Great observations. Thanks

      • knuterocknesghost - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM


        Thank you and much appreciated given your knowledge of the game as demonstrated by your many erudite comments and observations made here on the ND football scene.

        BTW, Getsome had sometime ago let it be known he is black. I’m white. Not sure why you keep wanting to throw us into the same body.

  4. irishmob89 - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Greg Bryant runs like he’s angry. He’s 200 pounds of pure power. Bryant and Folston are going to be an absolute blast to watch the next few seasons. This offense has so many weapons. Kelly is going to have a lot of plays to choose from. There are so many wrinkles he can throw in like option plays.

  5. getsome99 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    We didn’t see it on this video but Heuerman looks small compared to the other tight ends. Smythe looks like he’ll be the next great pass catcher and Luataua’s is going to be a beast blocking. Look forward to both playing major roles this season.

    We should also expect at least one, maybe two of the young, unsuspecting D lineman to step up and contribute big this year. I’ll put my money on Hayes and Mokuawah.

    Go Irish!

    • nudeman - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM


      • heartofgoldandblue - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        Can’t stop laughing…too funny

      • knuterocknesghost - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        Cynicism more often than not is used as a means of disguising or deflecting attention away from one’s self-perceived intellectual inferiority. But we all well know that is NOT the case with Nude and he can readily demonstrate that himself.

        So I still say thanks Nude; and no, I am not getsome.

      • NotreDan - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        *Rips a big fart and fans it at knutegetsome*

      • ndgoldandblue - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        I will admit, that did make me chuckle, but you don’t have to be mean, nude. Remember the immortal words of Mr. Miyagi: “Karate for defense only.” No need to attack without provocation.

    • shaunodame - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      I’m so frustrated with Heuerman! Why can’t this guy put on some weight?!?! He has all the potential in the world but he’s never going to see the field while he’s tipping the scales at only 225-230 lbs.

      Our true freshman SAFETY Drue Tranquil just stepped on campus weighing more than Heuerman has in 2 years on campus. It’s seriously absurb! Almost like 90% of our freshmen that just enrolled have put on more weight in the past few month’s than Heuerman has his entire time here. I just don’t understand it.

      • shaunodame - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:57 AM

        Also, rant aside lol, I’m running for president of the inaugural Tyler Luatua fan club. Love this kids potential!

    • toconnell14 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      I don’t think Mokuawah will be it. I personally hope his isn’t. He carries way too much body fat for his current weight and i feel that he could be a rich man’s Kona Schwenke. He could very well be a 5th year guy who carries the team, so i would like to preserve that year as much as possible. I think Hayes could do it but also Trumbetti as well as Bonner before Mokuawah

  6. NotreDan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Nude bro. You never text me anymore.

  7. yaketyyacc - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    overall, the team looks good. and in just a few days, we will find out just how good our observations prove to be. very impressed with Folston and Prosise. Think Cory Robinson will be a pleasant surprise. keep hustling Irish, it isn’t our posts that win games.

  8. jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Prosise, Bryant, Folston, Redfield and Carlisle all look pretty good. Redfield tackles like he means it. Bryant, however, is a physical specimen and a lot of fun to watch. I think he’ll be tearing it up this year and the only downside is that if that happens, we won’t get to see as much of Folston as we’d like. They will be an incredible 1-2 punch. Imagine being an opposing linebacker and you’re happy to see that Folston is winded. Oh wait, who’s that subbing in for him? Oh sh@#! This offense is going to be something to watch this year. The D? Well, we’ll wait and see. I just fear the D is 1 or 2 injuries away from being crippled. I don’t know about Ishaq on the inside. Maybe that’s where he’ll see the light.

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      P.S. I forgot to mention the player that impressed me the most……DeShone Kizer. Our future at QB sure is bright.

  9. blackirish23 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    I also love these position profile pieces as well. Posting this clip in case anyone hasn’t seen any of these yet.

    • blackirish23 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      PS: Click the “playlist” button (on the left of the “closed caption” CC button) and select the position profile videos.

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