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Back to football: Video breakdown

Aug 18, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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Notre Dame plays Rice in less than two weeks. While that might take a backseat to the interest following the academic investigation that’s underway, the Irish are preparing for a football game, and 15 practices into camp, things are starting to come together.

With Media Day Tuesday, I’ll have a better opportunity to poke and prod and see things for myself. But here’s another breakdown of the Irish’s practice, taking a look at Saturday’s open practice inside Notre Dame Stadium.



0:16 — Notre Dame Stadium is shaping up… And look close enough and you see another slick Under Armour shirt for’s Jack Nolan. (Not to mention the Irish coastal grasses, or whatever we’re calling the thick rough I lost my golf balls in.)

0:21 — Look closely and you see Doug Randolph (44) and Durham Smythe (80) riding the stationary bikes.

0:35 — Welcome back, Mike Denbrock.

0:39 — That is some artistic trolling… Look at that beautiful synthetic shag.

0:41 — He may have lost his starting job, but I don’t want to see Romeo Okwara (45) coming off the edge at my blind side.

0:44 — That’s DeShone Kizer (14) and Malik Zaire (8) working some agility drills.

0:47 — Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder coaches up freshman Nyles Morgan (5), who looks to have dinged up his thumb this camp.

0:52 — Nice coverage by Cole Luke (36), but Chris Brown (2) gets inside and makes a well-contested catch.

 0:56 — Maybe Matthias Farley (41) is the defense’s version of Tommy Rees. Just when you think he’s buried, he finds a way back to life. Here Farley gets beat to the corner by C.J. Prosise (20).

1:01 — Not sure if that was underthrown, but you know Cody Riggs (2) has pretty good jets when he’s running stride for stride with Will Fuller (7). The pass falls incomplete and Fuller looks a little bit gimpy.

1:05 — I’m all for tight coverage, Devin Butler (12). But that’s 10 yards the easy way for Corey Holmes (15).

1:11 — Not sure if Jalen Brown (21) gets away with that one, either…

1:15 — Nice move by Corey Robinson (88) to break that route off. He hits the breaks and Nick Watkins (19) flies by him.

1:20 — That’s walk-on freshman Keenan Centlivre (87), a 6-foot-6 wide receiver boxing out senior walk-on Connor Cavalaris (47). That’s some intriguing size.

1:22Ben Koyack (18) when one way, Drue Tranquill (23) went another. Koyack just ate Tranquill up, as the young safety tried to squat on the route.

1:28 — Maybe I’m going to start buying what BK is selling on Chris Brown. That’s a pretty impressive catch in the corner of the end zone that the refs gave him. (Now would the replay officials?)

1:35 — That doesn’t seem fair. It looked like Robinson was wearing those velcro gloves when he reached out and snatched that throw over Cole Luke. (Nice ball by Malik Zaire.)

1:42Everett Golson throws a rocket to Brown, who juggled the ball before catching in underneath the Irish coverage.

1:46James Onwualu (17) would’ve had the sack, but Golson drills a deep corner to Will Fuller, and then another rep shows him hitting Brown again, this time in front of Cody Riggs.

1:55 — This time it’s Zaire’s turn to hit Brown.

2:04 — Gotta think that’s broken coverage. C.J. Prosise was wide open behind the defense, keeping his feet and jogging in for a touchdown.

2:11 — Zaire shows some nice zip, hitting Holmes on the sideline in front of Brown.

2:14 — If you’re looking to start some Jaylon Smith All-American reels, here’s the first of two pretty good plays. A nice breakup on Koyack.

2:18 — Fancy feet by Tarean Folston (25), who runs through a shadow defense.

2:22 — Unfortunately, Jaylon runs through Folston who was trying to pass block him, with Smith literally de-cleating Folston the blocker on his way to the quarterback.

For the love of football, I hope we get a chance to see Smith blitz a bit this season.

2:27 — Speaking of steamrollers, Sheldon Day (91) just put one on Mike McGlinchey (68), who was filling in at left tackle. Day got the sack with Anthony Rabasa (56) coming off the other edge.

2:40 — Decent pass rush by “starter” Andrew Trumbetti (98), working against McGlinchey. Golson steps up to buy time, scrambles until his pass is knocked down by Onwualu.

2:48 — Those freshmen mistakes that Kelly talked about with Zaire? This is one of them. Rolling right, throwing across his body into the end zone, Zaire is picked off by Elijah Shumate, a killer turnover that would’ve got some steam to come out of BK’s ears.

2:58 — That’s some red zone success for the 1st team offense, with Golson connecting with Koyack.



  1. danirish - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Good to see football again!


  2. sjb198 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    What time does practice start today? Would like to see if any of the 4 are back.

    • bernhtp - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      I don’t buy the internet rumors of the imminent return of Daniels and Russell.

      With that said, even with evidence/admission of academic impropriety, it is not certain what the penalty will be. At one end, if there is a single incident for a player without prior history, then I expect him/them back very quickly after a grade adjustment and maybe a game of two football suspension. On the other end, if it is a long-term pattern within a conspiracy of players and enablers (other students, tutors, staff, etc.), then I expect to see full academic suspensions/expulsions. Let’s hope it’s the former, but I fear the latter.

      • upthera44 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        Agreed. One thing that gives me a little hope is that DD and KVR both have, from what I understand, firmly denied it. That could just be damage control, but especially KVR seems like the type of kid who would know if he was caught and would own up to the truth. Otherwise he will ultimately be exposed not just for cheating but for consistently lying about it. I’m sure they know most of what evidence is up against them.

      • dillonbigred - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        I keep hitting the report button, sorry. Daniel’s father was on Channel 5 in Chicago last night, and strongly denied any wrongdoing by his son. He complained that the University has not spoken to the parents, and seemed to say that they hadn’t spoken to DD, at least at the point the announcement was made. He said he found out when he was interviewed for what began as another topic, and was blindsided.

      • onward2victory - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        Does anyone know if it’s even legal for the university to search these guys email correspondence?? This could end up making the university look reaaaally bad if these guys are found innocent.

      • liv4nd - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        I don’t know Bern…for some reason I feel like this could be an academic jerk that can’t stand Jocks. Probably not but for some reason that’s my gut.

        Anyway, if they cheated once, even without conspiracy or a pattern, they must go for the whole season.

        Golsen, was gone after (as far as we know) just one infraction. Gotta stay consistent. Gotta keep that integrity.

        Either gone for the whole year/season or back and fully exonerated. That’s my thought.

        • bernhtp - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

          It was not Golson’s first infraction. That’s why he got the boot. The student manual outlines these penalties. A first offense generally gets an F on the test/assignment or an F for the course.

      • liv4nd - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        Onward….I agree it would make ND look bad if the investigation comes up empty. But a full blown cheating “ring” is worse, WAY worse! I’d rather they do this and show they take it seriously.

        I am a little dumbfounded as to why the parents and students have not been involved more. Control leaks of info maybe???

      • bernhtp - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        I don’t think that parents are generally involved unless the student brings them in. The kids are adults and I don’t even believe that the parents get report cards by default. Privacy is a much bigger issue today than in the old days.

      • dudeacow - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        They are allowed to search the email, provided the kids used the university’s email, instead of something like hotmail (lol no one uses that) or yahoo. There probably is a mention in the Terms of Service where it states the university’s ability to search the emails.

      • onward2victory - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Thanks dude

  3. ndgoldandblue - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    One of the biggest issues that plagued the defense at the beginning of the year in 2013 was poor tackling and bad angles. The Michigan game was a perfect example of that. In all of these practice videos, I haven’t seen any tackling. Keith, is the coaching staff spending any time on working on these fundamentals, or are they concerned about injuries? I would hate for the Irish defense to start the season in a similar fashion to last year because of poor preparation.

    • nudeman - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      I’ve always thought the “bad angles and poor tackling”, particularly the bad angles thing is confusing cause and effect.

      The root cause of that is that their D was slow.
      Farley and Collinsworth, both good guys who give all they have are just a step slow, and Ben Jackson was beaten so easily and often that he was probably a mule too.
      At LB you had 2 below average speed guys (Grace and Schmidt) and Ishaq who probably just doesn’t care enough. Jaylon Smith was the exception

      Slow outfielders look terrible chasing a ball in the gap.
      Slow defenders arrive 1-2 steps late and end up lunging and being easily faked out.
      Get a few more guys who can run and this will be a non issue.

      • dwp1991 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Ha, gotta say that I’m definitely on board with referring to Bennett Jackson as Ben.

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        Bennett Jackson a mule? If I’m not mistaken he ran track in HS and was a State finalist.

    • gbsk - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      I think Jackson was one of the fastest DBs at the combine.

      • nudeman - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        But he was football slow
        4.0 speed in the 40 ain’t worth dick if you can’t cover

  4. lambda02750 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Good morning Keith! Is there any indication on who the next man in is going to be for the positions that have been vacated by the suspensions?

    • dudeacow - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM

  5. blackirish23 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Keith – should we be worried about the overly aggressive play by the DB’s? As you mentioned, a couple of those clips we saw could easily be called a defensive hold or pass interference.

    I guess we’ll have to wait and see how things play out with the refs, but if the refs become too “flag happy”, I hope our players can adjust their level of physicality and still be effective.

    • simmel65 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      I agree but maybe they are just starting off aggressive and then will back off during games. It is awesome for our receivers to have to deal with it as they really struggled against Mich. St last year to get open. But I agree, it could be an issue if they keep playing it like that.

    • papadec - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      bi & 65 – didn’t seem to be a big problem for MSU last year (13-1) with only the loss to ND. I’m all for the aggressive play, if it yields those results for ND, this season. bi – of course you can have a drink with joisey & I at the CUSE game – if you think you can handle being around a couple of east coasters. Does anyone know if there is a particular official/unofficial place ND fans are staying at?

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        I know that in the past, the team has stayed at the NY Sheraton on 7th Ave in NYC. Maybe call Anthony Travel and see if there’s an official hotel.

  6. fnc111 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Why is that garbage scUM teams always get bailed out by ND almost yearly? Of course ND plays them in week two when, most likely, a couple of these guys still won’t be back or mentally ready for game action.

  7. fnc111 - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    I doubt DD will come back if he’s found innocent. His father seems like he’ll advise him of what to do and he is angry at ND for good reason. Someone needs to be fired if DD and Kei didn’t do anything wrong.

    • onward2victory - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Rarely do u agree with you FNC, but you’re right. Kind of. But DD has the incentive of the NFL to push him to play well. No chance he comes back for a 5th year. Same with KVR, he’ll probably bail after this year even if he’s projected a low round pick. Why would he want to come back to play for a school that might suspend him for putting the roll of TP on the wrong way?

    • liv4nd - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      fnc…u bet your a$$ someone should get fired! If it comes out that there was some sort of animosity towards these players for some reason and the “evidence” was even shaky they should be fired.

      Here’s a poll question: if these guys didn’t do anything wrong should ND name the person that accused them? The players names have been tarnished. Why not theirs?

      • nudeman - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        That’s an eye for an eye thing that I can’t see Fr. Jenks or Swarbrick or ND getting involved in. No advantage doing that. Satisfies a primal emotional need and that’s it.

      • liv4nd - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        I guess you are right but if they are innocent I bet the players would feel differently!

        Also, DD is not going anywhere if not suspended for the year. Why try the NFL now or go somewhere else and have to learn another system. If he is pissed then just play well, go to the NFL, and just not be a big part of “the family” going forward.

  8. 25kgold - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    I pray C. J. Sanders still decides to come to ND!!! We need him to sign!

  9. seadomer - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Thx for posting the Rice spring video.
    I was immediately drawn by no. 72, so I looked it up, mother father was listed at 6’8, 345 … Could be 375 easy. Their OL is solid and they have only 2 interesting games on schedule, the other being Texas AM but w/o Johnny. Thus, they will have their bowl game with ND, not to mention having an off week after ND to prepare for AM.
    Despite getting their best efforts, I still expect a win but we cannot let Rice hang around cos they can run the ball and clock.

  10. goirishgo - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Good to see Shumate make a play. If Russell is out for an extended period it may take the option of moving Riggs to safety (where he played his last two years at UF) off the table. I’ve always thought Shumate had great ability….now’s the time to start producing, young man!

  11. rdw71 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I will be very surprised to see any of these guys back. Remember, with Golson, Grant, and Daniels 1, nothing was announced until it was a done deal, well after the end of the semester, so everything was neat and tidy when it was announced. In this case, they apparently found out about it July 29, but did not tell Kelly until Aug. 14 – why then? Because they knew enough by then to know these guys were not going to play against Rice at the very least, and they wanted to give Kelly time to get the “next man in” ready. I’m sure they would rather have waited until the investigation was complete but there was a football season coming up. So they announced – at the time when savvy politicians and businessmen announce bad news – at the end of the day Friday, so by Monday it is old news. Darn right they didn’t tell the kids or the parents in advance; that would certainly lead to leaks. This was another sign of how Swarbrick knows how to run a program – ND is handling it the best way anyone could. There is obviously a chance that one or more of these guys is innocent; we can hope that’s true for their sakes. But as another person mentioned, if they are guilty, I don’t see a one or two game suspension – cheating is cause for dismissal, whether you are an athlete or not. You can reapply as Golson did, but I’ll bet 3 of these guys will just head to the NFL and Moore will get on with his life.

    • nudeman - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      The reason they didn’t tell Kelly seems obvious: They no doubt spent those 2 weeks making sure he wasn’t complicit.

  12. jem5b - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

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  13. jem5b - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    If this turns out to be a tempest in a teapot; where do these four kids go to get their reputations back?

    • liv4nd - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      No where….damage is done and they will always be asked about it.

    • dwp1991 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Unfortunately, this is what comes with playing for a high-profile school like Notre Dame. Fame is a knife that cuts both ways.

    • 4horsemenrideagain - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      no chance of that.

      there’s no way the investigation was announced without the school knowing exactly what the investigation had already turned up. it was reported that the athletic dep’t first got work of something on July 29th, so they were gathering info. for two weeks before announcing what was going on.

      at this point, i’d say it’s a matter of how much went on and how bad it was, rather than whether or not the reports are true. maybe the punishments aren’t exactly the same for all 4 kids, but none of the 4 are going to be cleared.

  14. nudeman - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    B4 we kill ND for naming names, I believe it was only after the info and names were leaked that they came fwd.
    Will be interesting to find out wha that POS was. Some have speculated it was an equipment manager; others say it’s possibly even someone from the NCAA. The latter wouldn’t stun me.

    • dbldmr - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Even without naming names it probably wouldn’t have been too tough for interested parties to figure out who was involved. Unless practice video was going to be suppressed all you would have to do is see who wasn’t there. Once the investigation commenced and the players were suspended the rest of this was (sadly) inevitable.

      • nudeman - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        True. But the fact is that the names were leaked, so at that point, if you’re ND wtf do you do? Pretend there’s nothing going on and those guys are just simultaneously out with the flu?

        And Philip Daniels needs to STFU. I’ve read ND was not permitted to contact parents re: this issue. An NCAA thing.

        Plus, in the time he was with the Bears he was completely non existent in terms of making an impact. Ever. Never. Not once. Perhaps a sack here and there in 4th qtr of a 37-3 game. And perhaps not even that.


      • wisner74 - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        C’mon, Nude. Tell us how you really feel about him!

  15. shawtiernan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Jackson was a converted WR. His speed and natural athletic ability was the only reason he appeared moderately competent. He wasn’t football slow, he just didn’t have the loose hips you need for corner. You either have em or you don’t, but if he didn’t have the speed he has he wouldn’t have been able to compensate for it well enough to play as much as he did.

  16. shawtiernan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    And my two cents about why they were suspended isn’t that there is enough evidence thus far, but rather that it’s already been said that the allegations are serious enough to vacate wins. If theses guys ARE found guilty, and they played games during this season, it could vacate those wins too. So suspending them now sounds like better safe than sorry.

  17. irishdog80 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Enjoyed the 60 yard pass by Golson…we will finally be able to truly stretch the field and open lanes for passing and running plays.

    Go Irish! Beat Rice!

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