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Quick thoughts from Media Day

Aug 19, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT

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With access to Brian Kelly, his assistants and a handful of veteran players, today’s Media Day felt a little different than most. That’s understandable, with the aftermath of unexpected academic suspensions still lingering over the program. With the investigation still on media lockdown, speculation has varied widely, but it’s clear that Kelly is moving forward, the only thing a head coach can do.

With a flight to catch and quote to transcribe, here are a few quick thoughts before heading back to the Inside the Irish HQ:

 

The defensive line is really, really young. 

Listening to Brian VanGorder speak and catching up with Mike Elston, you get the feeling that the potential loss of Ishaq Williams is a killer in that it really gutted any semblance of veteran depth on the defensive line. Kelly now plans to start Isaac Rochell with true freshman Grant Blankenship backing him up. Chase Hounshell? Seemingly buried beneath them.

Andrew Trumbetti won a starting job, though Romeo Okwara will play quite a bit. That’s youth on top of youth on top of youth.

The good news on the defensive line? Sheldon Day is going to be very, very good. Talking to Day, he said his body fat is down to 13 percent, a scary number considering he weighed in at 284.5 pounds today. (He made sure to mention the half-pound.)

Rounding out the two deep is fifth-year senior Justin Utupo and true freshman Daniel Cage, who’ll back up starter Jarron Jones. Staying healthy up front will be critical, but we’re going to see more than just those mentioned, as Jonathon Bonner, Jhonny Williams and Kolin Hill all have pass rush ability.

 

Matt LaFleur is an interesting young coach. 

What a great addition the Irish quarterback coach appears to be. He’ll have the ability to work with Notre Dame’s young quarterbacks, and show a little bit more attention to a position group that’s been helmed by the offensive coordinator the past four seasons.

I asked LaFleur a little bit about the translation from coaching the guys playing on Sunday to working with college kids. Considering he was dealing with two rookies in Washington with Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, it wasn’t that much of a difference, but it certainly gives him a more moldable piece of clay.

Last thing to watch: Everett Golson didn’t make it through 2012 without missing significant time because of injuries. That makes Malik Zaire one hit away. And that makes the third-stringer two hits away. Whether that makes DeShone Kizer, who I know the staff would like to redshirt, or MontgomeryGummyVanGorder the true third-stringer, remains to be seen. (Or hopefully not, for LaFleur.)

 

Get ready to see an athletic linebacking corps. 

First, Jaylon Smith could have a monster year. He was too smart of a kid to answer some of my questions honestly, but when I asked him if he had a person goal of 100 tackles, he almost gave me a truthful answer before giving me the Crash Davis and talking about accountability to his teammates, something we heard from every player and assistant repeatedly.

But after chatting with his coordinator, position coach Bobby Elliot and strength coach Paul Longo, Smith inhabits some rarified air physically, with a body fat that’s in the 3-percent range and muscles barely contained by skin. Middle linebacker Joe Schmidt could barely talk about Smith as an athlete.

“A specimen,” Schmidt said. “The definition of a specimen.”

Paired with James Onwualu, the trio of Schmidt, Smith and Onwualu is a really dynamic group. Just about every person I spoke to raved about Onwualu, both athletically, but more so as a student of the game.  One staffer called the move to defense, “the best thing that could happen to Onwualu as a football player,” as the wide receiver depth chart wasn’t nearly as friendly as the strongside linebacker job.

As for Schmidt, he didn’t want to talk about his size and I couldn’t blame him. He’s got all that he needs in this system, assuming the defensive line can protect him.

 

Quick Hitters

It appears that Matthias Farley is turning into the Tommy Rees of the Irish defense. Fans might grumble when they see him on the field, but he’s a key part of the defense and a perfect teammate.

Corey Robinson looks like Demolition Man with his blonde hair.

It’s not that he likes it, but you can tell Everett Golson is getting comfortable with the media coverage that comes with the starting quarterback job. His table was packed from start to finish of the 45-minute availability window.

There’s confidence in Nick Martin, he seems ready to lead.

One of the funnier moments: A photographer getting free advice from Longo on his daughter’s training regimen, and Longo talking up the Q-angle for young girls — which he explained was the angle that measures the triangle that’s formed from the hypotenuse of the right triangle made if you connect a female athlete’s hip to her knee.

Longo also talked about the Catapult system that Florida State has gotten a lot of publicity about using, a GPS-like measuring system that tracks athletes and their heart rate. Notre Dame’s soccer team uses it, and Longo’s kicked the tires on the system as well.

Needless to say, the Irish are in good hands with Longo’s approach, and he applauded Jack Swarbrick‘s commitment to sports science.

 

  1. runners00 - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    The young team will perform well. Jaylon Smith and James Onwulau will lead this defense while Bryant and Folston will keep Golson out of trouble on offense. I see strong wins through September. October will challenge us across the board, but things get a little easier in November. We’ll have fun – and maybe we’ll pull a few upsets along the way. We gotta run the ball this year.

    • dickasman - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      Runner that’s fine n dandy but just like sex, everything starts upfront and we are thin n short.

      • DPU Man ND Fan - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:17 AM

        Really ticks me off when you actually make me laugh.

      • gtizzo - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        I wouldn’t say short, young would be better word. I don’t see the lose of Ishaq Williams as a big deal. The coaches need to be able to bring the youth along well enough to play Rice. Then they will have tape to help find weakness before Michigan. Really the month of August isn’t that bad as I don’t think Michigan is a really big test.

      • dickasman - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        I meant short on depth but the escorts swears up n down girth is where it’s at

  2. liv4nd - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Ok…forget all about the academic “issue”…if all you read was this article you would have to be excited about this season (less the D-Line). Right?

  3. iamgolden4life - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Much to excited about with this upcoming season just 11 days away. The defense is going to be just fine. We will be young in spots but most these players will carry that chip on their shoulder to get them through one of the toughest schedules (top5) in the nation, but what else would you expect its ND. The cheating scandal is such b/s and the media blew it up more than it needed to be. Saying four players had been kicked out of school b4 even knowing the facts makes me laugh. They all want to be the first to bash ND, while looking so stupid in doing so. The FACTS will come soon so no point in discussing any further. Let the haters hate. It will always be that way. Enjoy the season all, it should be a good one. God Bless, WeAreND!!!

  4. fnc111 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    It’s gonna be Amir Carlisle this season. Fuller and Brown will put up some numbers but I expect big things out of AC.

  5. johngaltisspeaking - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Offense will be about the same for the first 3 games then I think we will see it start to pick up. However we lose to Michigan. Defense will be a work in progress all year.. 8 wins Max could be as low as 6. This schedule is just way too hard for this many freshman.

    • irishdog80 - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      I lived in New York City for 6 years and rode the subway every weekday. Most days, you remind me of those guys that I would see on the train some days that would sit there mumbling jibberish to themselves. On your good days, you are like the guys that wander the trains begging for money using a detailed hard luck story as the reason for being down on their luck. People listen to both types at first, but they quickly learn that it is the same old jibberish/story and tune them out. You may want to find a different train to ride or “city” to peddle your sad stories…metaphorically speaking since you fancy yourself a literary chap. Good luck. There is help out there for you.

      • dickasman - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        You ride the subway? Yuck, get a car loser

    • papadec - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      jg – make up your mind already – you’ve predicted pretty much everything from 4 Wins to 8 Wins.

  6. fnc111 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Farley will get torched if he is out there. People know deep down TR and Farley weren’t/aren’t D1 caliber but make up excuses for why they should play. Lost another game to michigan last year because of those two. I’ve never understood the Kelly way. Sit Crist, Lynch, and Tuitt in 2011 and end up losing in embarrassing fashion at the big dump in AA because of that strategy. Those guys play and it’s a three TD win.

    Seriously, why was MF on the field at michigan and Purdue last year? I guess Kelly wants to finish off his career at 1-4 against them this year. I get the feeling it’ll be Cam taking the majority of the snaps in week 2. Sound familiar? Letting two studs stand on the sidelines in a must win.

    • nudeman - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Hard to argue about TR and MF costing them the game last year vs. UM.
      But BK gets some blame too for having a MAC level QB throw it all over the field 50+ times.

      To this day, even as bad as Crist played at KU I still don’t understand the decision to bench him. The guy had a decent 2010 and was poised to take a step fwd. But BK saw something in TR that absolutely no one else saw. And sitting Lynch and Tuitt, though monumentally stupid, might have been on Diaco.

      • irishdog80 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        Somewhere along the line, Crist lost his mojo. It might have been the injuries or Kelly’s style, but there is no question that he regressed from his 5 Star status. The final nail was his fumble against USC. If Kelly doesn’t flip and flop in that game, we go in for the score and the game is on with ND momentum.

        My theory is that Kelly was not a particularly athletic guy growing up and he saw Tommy as a slightly better version/extension of himself on the field. Kelly is a high control guy that seems to be little uncomfortable letting big time talent be themselves. Diaco had the same issue thus the high control, bend but don’t break, and don’t play hyper talented freshmen–they might make a mistake/not do what you want them to do–even though they could help you win the game.

      • dickasman - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        Yeah Crist certainly was not all that he was cracked up to be.

      • dickasman - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:42 AM

        Crist was like a nice hard piece of rock 8 ball that u think is going to be amazing but you cut into it me it’s all mushy n weak. Arm n hammer, false alarm

      • mtflsmitty - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        Dog, I don’t even know why you described your perspective as “theory”. Your keen insights into Brian’s and Bobby’s childhoods, and resulting dysfunction as adults, are pretty much bullet proof.

        I once asked Keith’s mom to provide her best guess as to the formative years that rendered several of the regulars here. In a legendary post she offered her unique insights into what happened to bring about some of the bizarre character traits exhibited here daily. While you’d lack the charm and wit of Mrs. Arnold, I think it’s clear your psychoanalysis would rival that offered by the ITI matriarch.

      • irishdog80 - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:17 AM

        Thanks, Smitty. All my theories are bulletproof and all my friends say that I am funnier than Keith’s Mom and that’s not taking anything away from Mrs. Arnold. She’s hilarious.

      • nudeman - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        We need her back. Best post here ever was Mrs. A.
        Keith, if you’re reading this, how about this: your mom does a season preview.
        It would kill

      • irishdog80 - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        OK, I’m not funnier than Keith’s Mom.

        With respect to my theory about Tommy, it’s roots lie in Kelly investing in Rees over Crist. Crist is the 5 star California QB versus the 3 Star MAC level QB that Kelly tried to mold into a quality QB/star.

        Against Tulsa, when ND needed a win of any sort, Kelly passes on the field goal for the sure win and instead has his Freshman QB loft a pass to the corner of the end zone for the dramatic big play. We all know how it ended. Keep in mind that all high level coaches are “selling” something…that’s how they got to be high profile guys. Kelly was selling his ability to turn 2 and 3 star guys into a Sugar Bowl team like he did at UC. Unfortunately, he read Rees wrong.

      • c4evr - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        “Kelly was selling his ability”? What moron calls a deep corner route in the end zone for his true freshman QB from inside the 20 at the end of a pivotal game against a nobody with his record setting kicker on the bench and a field goal wins the game? Selling something? Yes, a brand new, shiny ball of stupid. He exemplified everything that was to come in that one play – he would do it his way, so ‘get used to it’, put players in untenable situations then throw them under the bus when they let him down – the same as is happening now with the 4 being investigated – and all with an unwarranted arrogance that defies all logic and evidence. Someone above had it right, there’s a whole lot of Kelly in Rees. Get used to the one or two monumental letdowns each season because of his deficiencies.

      • nudeman - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        Hmmm … yes, after 5 years there are things to criticize Kelly over. Shocking.
        The Tulsa long ball into the end zone was a microcosm of the two biggest issues to date:
        1) Falling in love with a bad QB; and 2) Having bad QB try to win the game with his “big” arm (too many instances to start citing examples)

        Running off Crist still boggles the mind 3 years later. He might not have been the mentally toughest guy, but Kelly badly mismanaged him. If you’ve got a guy who’s your best QB but a little fragile, you don’t pound on him like a 16 penny nail. Do that and you end up with TR playing QB.

        Only thing I can think of is that BK thought the team he inherited was overall soft, undisciplined and underachieving and was looking to make an example of someone. Crist was the perfect foil; a darling recruit of the previous coach and a locker room favorite. To this day that remains BK’s biggest failing and nothing else is even remotely close.

      • dickasman - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Guys easy w dat my momma is funnier that to momma. Who cares? Who’s hotter?

        I believe this is all curse of the Lizzy Seebert. Until we make right w her soul n spirit, we ll never win another championship.

      • getsome99 - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        WTF are you talking about? Crist may have been all those things you described, but he couldn’t play. The offense was painful to watch with him at QB. The offense started moving when Rees took over as a freshman. Enough to get us to 8-9 wins instead of the 6-6 and 3-9 seasons that Clausen put us through.

      • nudeman - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        getsome
        I disagree. No surprise there
        Crist had a very respectable 2010. It wasn’t great by any means, but he threw 15 TDs and 7 INTs in what? 7-8 games? Isn’t it reasonable to conclude that 2011 would have been slightly better as he progressed?
        Rees was the exact same player in 2013 as 2011. Never improved an iota.

        Dayne was completely putrid at KU, I will give you that.
        But I believe that part of the reason he imploded at ND was that he and Kelly were a complete mismatch and Kelly destroyed his confidence. I suppose it’s fair that Dayne shares some of that blame, as playing QB at ND isn’t for the timid. He needed to man up and didn’t. But he was mishandled

  7. fnc111 - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:17 AM

    runners,

    Easier in November? @ASU and @USC is as tough as it gets to end a season.

    • dwp1991 - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      I presume he meant easier in relation to the murderer’s row of Stanford, UNC, FSU. But yeah, not easy by any means.

  8. yaketyyacc - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    look at poor The Ohio State, losing Miller. and Notre Dame will only have Malik Zaire it Golson gets injured. right now, I’d rather be in Brian Kelly’s shoes.
    as far as the young defense is concerned, I watched seven “freshmen” defensive players shred the first string offensive line and deck the quarterback, LaMonica. how did they do it? the freshman coach Murphy. well, we have VanGorder. so do not worry about the defense.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      I wouldnt be surprised if either of our QBs transferred to Ohio State. Kids want to play they don’t want to set around.

      • irishdog80 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        Your Ohio State fandom is showing. If a QB transferred to Ohio State, they would have to sit out a year. Add in that Miller has said that he plans on coming back and Urban is hot on the trails of numerous high profile QBs that also do not want to sit around and you have hit the trifecta of college football ignorance in your statement. Well done. I am not surprised that you “wouldnt be surprised”.

  9. domerboyirish - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Normally youth on the D-line would worry me. However, I think BVG’s scheme eliminates a great deal of worry. He is not asking them to do the same level of pre-snap thinking and adjusting. Don’t get me wrong, they still have to do some thinking, but more often then not he is putting the D-Line in place and asking them to use their athletic ability to attack the gaps and get after it! That doesn’t require genius level of intelligence. It just requires the best athletic players to play that position. Other than simply being ‘thin’ at the positions, I think that may be why we see so many freshmen in the two deep. These kids are really talented.

    • gtizzo - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Couldn’t agree more! Plus there is always the possibility that these young players are picking up VanGorder system faster then some of the older players. That would be a positive sign for the Irish defense.

  10. alsatiannd - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Youth on the line is not automatically bad. Look at Florida State. Remember ND’s bowl game against them at the end of the 2011 season. FSU started 4 freshman on the O-line. They struggled throughout the year and in the first half against ND. But then the O-line pulled it together. That O-line was still intact as juniors last year for FSU’s national championship, and they’re seniors this year. That’s not to say that every bunch of freshman is going to ripen into champs. That’s just to say, put the best players on the field.

    • c4evr - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Funny, I don’t remember the O-line pulling together as much as ND letting it slip away with a head scratching half time adjustment that wasn’t needed.

    • sjb198 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      I agree with your post except for the part of the o-line pulling it together in the 2nd half of the Champs Sports Bowl 2011.
      the Irish had been successfully blitzing during the first half. They were absolutely punishing EJ Manuel. I actually thought he would leave the game injured. But, for some reason Diaco decided to change things in the 2nd half and FSU came roaring back.
      That was when I decided he was an idiot. Luckily he had a ton of leadership on the team to make him look good the following year.
      Speaking of Diaco, did anyone watch his presser yesterday when he named his starting QB?
      That guy is an idiot. Is he related to Les Miles?

  11. johngaltisspeaking - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Another Casualty – A top 100 DE wants to transfer from UCLA and ND says NO over grades. This is the BS I am talking about we will never be able to compete at the highest level if we keep blowing ourselves. 30 years ago this kid would be in if they took transfers. I think ND is way to hung up on grades. All these kids have to do is apply themselves and they will pass. Who in the hell couldn’t do that. A business degree is a joke anyhow. You could take a 2.3 GPA student and get them through a business degree no problem. Maybe Finance might be tricky but come on.

    • johngaltsmom - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      C’mon Johnny. Pick up your toys and let’s go home. These guys are done playing with you. We’ll find you some new friends.

      • dickasman - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        OMG, u got dildos, as less chaps n gag balls too? High five!

    • irishdog80 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Yeah, Accounting is a piece of cake. JG you are in jibberish mode today…”we keep blowing ourselves”…Cody Riggs is a transfer…ND’s Mendoza Business School is the #1 rated Undergrad program and is no joke.

      “30 years ago this could would be in if they took transfers” Wow, where do I begin with that one? Nice jibberish and thanks for demonstating my point from above. I hear the BART train could be a good fit for you.

    • dickasman - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Wtf, how come I can’t have the honor of someone creating dick asmans mom? You’re a legend Johnny!

      • bettis646 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        Because JG is a moronic troll, similar to those before him, whereas you are a complete tool.

    • papadec - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      jg – are you really so attention deficit that you are not aware of the academic infraction investigation going on at ND, right now?

  12. liv4nd - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Cant wait to see more stuff like this…I think we will! :)

    • bettis646 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      As an Irish fan from Oklahoma (with a life-time of disdain for OU), that was a great moment in a great game. Topped only by my first ND home game, in 1999, against the Sooners. Despite the poor team ND fielded that season, the drive from South Bend to Oklahoma City was one long victory cigar.

    • mtflsmitty - Aug 20, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      I’ve seen that video a dozen times. Never gets old. Man, Teo was so good. And Riddick and Wood may for a great 1-2 punch.

      Makes me wonder how good Jaylon, Bryant, and Folson are going to look. I think this is going to be a very fun season. Lots of change. Lots of development of young players on both sides of the ball. Would I be happy with 8-4? Nope. But against this schedule, and w/ only four starting seniors, it would be respectable. 9-3 would be a very good result.

      Can’t wait.

  13. golfboy66 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    WOW!! To Bern, Irish Dog, Fnc, N.M.Irish, Onward, and Domerboy— Unbelievable, fellas! I was hoping for a reply or two to help me out during my visit to SB for the Stanford game. Instead I got a bunch of heavyweight posters to take the time to offer advice and suggestions ( in great detail) on how best to enjoy my experience. Above and beyond, my brothers, above and beyond! Notre Dame fans are the best and they take care of their own. Makes me so proud and reminds me what it means to be attached to this great University. A fan/school/fan relationship like no other anywhere. I’m beginning to gush a bit , guys, so I’ll stop here. I’m pretty sure you can tell how much I appreciate your help. Thanks again!
    By the way, if you didn’t catch it yeterday, I double-checked and I’m in section 35 about halfway up.

    • onward2victory - Aug 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Enjoy the game brotha! Wish I could be there too!

  14. golfboy66 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Onward-
    Sounds like you know the area. I lived in Carpenteria my junior and senior years. As you probably know Rincon took a particular swell to break so it was semi-rare for it to be at its best but living as close as we did, when it was good, we could usually catch a tide change or two before the crowds descended and when it got big, and I surfed it at 12-14 feet, crowds weren’t a problem–just broken boards.
    UCSB is actually a very good school. They have several departments that rank among the best in the country and offered the first major in environmental studies.
    And yes, the girls worked out just fine…….

    • onward2victory - Aug 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Sounds awesome man. Carpenteria is a great little surf town still. Hope it stays that way. I can’t imagine going out in 12-14 ft swell, I’m not brave enough. Especially with that rocky bottom. But I bet you and your mates got some epic rides.

  15. golfboy66 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Apologies to everyone. Realize this is not my private message board. I’ll keep it to ND football from now on. Thanks to everyone for indulging me…..

    • 4horsemenrideagain - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      ahh don’t sweat it. compared to some of the drivel that makes it’s way onto this comments section, slinging some recommendations about the best things to do on a football weekend is a welcome reprieve.

      in case no one mentioned it, for dinner Friday Sunny Italy is a really cool, family run place near campus that has been there probably since Fr. Sorin’s time. If you’re looking for sit down pizza, Rocco’s or Barnaby’s are good choices, and Barnaby’s for take-out pizza.

      I think it was bern that mentioned hearing the horns in the admin. building before band practice on Friday. That is an absolute must. It’s one of those experiences that no matter how built up it may be, does not disappoint.

      If you’re feeling adventurous, go check out Knute Rockne’s grave. It’s not located on campus however. See here for details and other interesting facts;

      http://magazine.nd.edu/news/10200-in-search-of-rockne-s-grave/

      • dbldmr - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        Good call on Sunny Italy. The food is pretty good (not great or anything), perhaps a bit overpriced, but the place has been around for almost 90 years. Rockne was the coach when it opened. You can have a good meal in a lot of restaurants, but there’s something about being able to eat at a restaurant that spans so much Notre Dame history.

      • 4horsemenrideagain - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        and it also reminds you of the restaurant in “Godfather” where Michael had dinner with the Police Captain and Sollozzo.

  16. irish4lfan - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    It bothers me how little respect nationally BK gets for the recruiting he’s done since coming to ND. Top 10 classes almost every year, top 15 at worst, top 5 in 2013 at best. There are talented players here that can step in and play. Schools in a certain conference retool with young players every year and are consistently picked to be top 10 teams. ND loses a starter that had 17 tackles in 13 games and the media acts as if he’s a first round pick lost.. Please.. KR and DD are big losses but Luke played alot, Devin played alot, Corey and Will played major minutes…. The cupboard isn’t that bare my friends. Move on and trust the talent that’s been recruited. I’d question anyone that believes that Arizona State, UNC, or Michigan has more talent on their teams right now than ND. I just don’t see it. I haven’t even mentioned the upgrade ND’s entire backfield will experience with EG, TF, and ManChild Bryant. I believe in this team’s talent, although young, and I believe in BK’s coaching. Go Irish!

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Classes are way overrated if you take into account all of the transfers…

  17. orlok23 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Keith, what do you mean when you say that Longo “kicked the tires” on the GPS system. Does that mean he’s using it? Is he using cortisol testing, like they do at Nebraska (according to ESPN magazine)? Could you be a little more specific?

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