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  1. Spring Solutions: Defensive line

    Feb 27, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

    US Presswire

    No unit in the country is looking at bigger shoes to fill than Notre Dame’s defensive front. Gone are Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt, two once-in-a-decade talents who left South Bend after injury plagued and underachieving seasons. With injuries marring the development of linemen young and old, there’s no question that the defensive line is…

  2. Daniels talks about his academic suspension

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen

    With Brian Kelly set to kickoff spring football tomorrow, one of his key players not taking part in practice opened up about life away from Notre Dame. DaVaris Daniels, the Irish’s leading returning receiver, is away from school after failing to achieve a 2.0 grade-point-average during the fall semester. He spoke with CBS Sports’ Jeremy…

  3. Irish show well at the NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    USA TODAY

    Notre Dame had nine players at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. To a man, they all left town improving their proverbial draft stock. We’ve already touched on what the nine-man Irish contingency meant to the football program. Speed, strength and athleticism were on display by Irish prospects, with statistical gains under Paul Longo’s direction…

  4. Spring Solutions: Wide receivers and tight ends

    Feb 25, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

    Steffon Batts, Corey Robinson

    Notre Dame headed into last season without a All-American candidate to catch the football. After a pretty incredible run at the position — from Jeff Samardzija-to-Golden Tate-to-Kyle Rudolph-to-Michael Floyd-to-Tyler Eifert — the Irish had TJ Jones to anchor the position, a solid yet far from spectacular veteran receiver. Jones flourished in his final season in…

  5. Spring Solutions: Running back

    Feb 24, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT

    Tarean Folston

    One of the more competitive positions on the Irish depth chart has 15 practices to gain some clarity. Running backs coach Tony Alford has one of the deepest position groups to sort through this spring, though the unit is still looking for a breakout star at the position. While rising sophomore Tarean Folston showed some…

  6. Report: Stephon Tuitt has small foot fracture

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:13 AM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    After reaching his weight loss goals for the NFL Scouting Combine, Stephon Tuitt suffered a setback in his quest to be taken in the NFL Draft’s first round. The former Irish defensive end has a small fracture in his left foot, according to a report by NFL.com. According to the report, Tuitt won’t work out…

  7. Shembo addresses Seeberg allegations

    Feb 23, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    Former Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo spoke publicly for the first time about the death of Lizzy Seeberg, a former St. Mary’s student who committed suicide a week after accusing a Notre Dame football player of a sexual attack. While the player’s name had stayed anonymous in media reports, Shembo acknowledged that he was the…

  8. Notre Dame sets home kickoff times for 2014

    Feb 21, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

    USC Notre Dame Football

    Notre Dame has set the home kickoff times for 2014. And before Michigan goes off the Irish schedule for the immediate future, they’ll play one more time in primetime. The evening kickoff at Notre Dame Stadium is the highlight of the home 2014 slate, with the Irish also playing their Shamrock Series game against Purdue…

  9. Mayock talks about NFL Draft potential for Irish players

    Feb 19, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

    mike-mayock-p1

    Yesterday, Mike Mayock hosted a conference call with reporters to discuss NFL Draft prospects. The NFL Network draft analyst, who also calls Notre Dame football games with Dan Hicks, held a marathon conference call, a multi-hour event that showcased Mayock’s ridiculous knowledge base. Throughout the call, Mayock talked about various Notre Dame players that will…

  10. Cody Riggs officially joins the Irish

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

    Cody Riggs

    Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame sports information department officially announced the addition of Florida defensive back Cody Riggs. The graduate school transfer will join the Irish in summer school and play out his eligibility next season at Notre Dame. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound defensive back signed a scholarship agreement with Notre Dame. Riggs played 40…

  11. Spring Solutions: Quarterback

    Feb 18, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    After a year where everything seemingly went wrong at quarterback, it appears that things are on track to get back to normal. In the span of a calendar year, Notre Dame has had immense turnover at the quarterback position. Consider this snapshot heading into spring practice last year: Everett Golson: Three years of eligibility left,…

  12. Worth Watching: Irish plant recruiting flag in Chicago

    Feb 17, 2014, 6:07 PM EDT

    Nyles MorganAAA

    If there was a complaint over the past few years of Notre Dame recruiting, it’s that Brian Kelly and his staff didn’t do a good enough job in Illinois. With some elite prospects like Laquon Treadwell, Ty Isaac and Ethan Pocic choosing to go elsewhere, the Irish staff seemed to have lost its luster in…

  13. Spring Solutions: Offensive line

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Louis Nix, Steve Elmer

    It may not feel like it, but spring isn’t too far away. For Notre Dame and Brian Kelly’s football team, spring practice is starting earlier than every, kicking off in early March. The rationale for moving up the calendar isn’t 100 percent clear, but what is certain are the steps the Irish need to take…

  14. Academic casualties proof that foundation at Notre Dame remains

    Feb 13, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    Earlier this week, freshman basketball player Demetrius Jackson didn’t play against Clemson, causing Irish basketball fans heart palpitations. The highest profile basketball recruit in recent memory has started his Irish career slowly, and Jackson’s mysterious absence had many believing that the future star and coach Mike Brey were on the road to a messy break-up.…

  15. Irish could add to secondary with Florida transfer Cody Riggs

    Feb 12, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

    Cody Riggs

    It appears that Notre Dame could end up adding another piece to the secondary with Florida cornerback/safety Cody Riggs exploring his transfer options. With Notre Dame adding just Drue Tranquill and Nick Watkins to the secondary, Riggs could be a great stop-gap option, adding a versatile member of Florida’s secondary. Riggs decided to use his…

  16. Cooks, Hiestand named as Rivals Top 25 recruiters

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kerry Cooks

    With letters-of-intent in and recruiting classes finalized, the evaluation process for 2014 is over. But not the evaluation of the evaluators. As different websites decide to rank and measure the signing day hauls from across the country, Rivals.com put together a list of the Top 25 recruiters in the country. And as you might expect,…

  17. Nine Irish players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 10, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

    2013 NFL Combine

    Notre Dame will have nine former players in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. The premiere pre-draft talent evaluation session, taking place February 22-25 at Lucas Oil Stadium, will give NFL coaches, scouts and general managers a closer look at NFL prospects before the upcoming draft. The following former Notre Dame players received invites: George…

  18. Kelly on the recruits: Skill Players

    Feb 8, 2014, 6:12 PM EDT

    Orlando Sentinel

    After looking at both the offensive line and front seven hauls, let’s take a look at the skill players Brian Kelly brought in. After bolstering the offensive line class with four additional recruits and bringing in 11 players that will restock the front seven, here are the remaining members of the 2014 recruiting class. (I’ve…

  19. Kelly on the recruits: Front Seven

    Feb 7, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

    Nyles MorganAAA

    One of the more impressive hauls in this year’s recruiting class was the work Brian Kelly and his staff did on the front seven. Needing to replace starters at every position with the exception of Jaylon Smith and Sheldon Day, the group was key in rebuilding the team’s depth chart. Considering Notre Dame needed to…

  20. Kelly on the recruits: Offensive Line

    Feb 7, 2014, 1:45 AM EDT

    Alex Bars

    The dust has settled. Notre Dame’s Signing Day class is in the books. With Brian Kelly at Pebble Beach, competing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, let’s walk through the head coach’s comments on each position group from his introductory press conference. OFFENSIVE LINE BK on Alex Bars:  “Another young man that we got…

  21. Irish succeed with 2014 class, even against the odds

    Feb 5, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 2013 signing day

    Brian Kelly introduced his 2014 recruiting class today, a 23-man group that brings back-to-back top 10 classes to South Bend. We’ve talked a little bit about the construction of the group before, but here’s Kelly’s initial reaction to the group. “I really like the fact that this has come together and the fact that it…

  22. Faxes In: Nyles Morgan

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

    Nyles MorganAAA

    NYLES MORGAN Crete Monee (Crete, IL) Measurables: 6-2, 223 Accolades: US Army All-American, first-team linebacker USA Today All-American, first-team All-State Chicago Tribune, All-State Illinois Football Coaching Association. Impressive Offers: Alabama, Michigan, Miami, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC Projected Position: Inside Linebacker Quick Take: There might not be a more important defensive recruit for the Irish, with Morgan the…

  23. Faxes In: Nick Watkins

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

    Nick Watkins

    NICK WATKINS Bishop Dunne (Dallas, TX) Measurables: 6-1, 190 Accolades: Under Armour All-American, USA Today All-Texas team, first-team All-State private school D-I, District 1, D-I Defensive MVP, Consensus 4-Star rating Impressive Offers: Alabama, Texas, Florida State, Baylor, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC Projected Position: Cornerback Quick Take: You don’t see offer lists like the one Watkins has, made especially impressive by the…

  24. Faxes In: Nic Weishar

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

    Nic Weishar

    NIC WEISHAR Marist (Midlothian, IL) Measurables: 6-4, 215 Accolades: US Army All-American, first-team Parade All-American, first-team All-State Chicago Tribune, all-time leading receiver in Illinois high school history with 237 catches. Impressive Offers: Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Oklahoma Projected Position: Tight End Quick Take: It’s hard to find a tight end with better ball skills than Weishar. The staff believes he’s…

  25. Faxes In: Drue Tranquill

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

    South Bend Tribune

    DRUE TRANQUILL Carrol (Fort Wayne, IN) Measurables: 6-2, 210 Accolades: Indiana Top 50, first-team All-State 6A, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Football Player of the Year, 3-Star Impressive Offers: Purdue, Indiana, Penn State, Minnesota Projected Position: Safety Quick Take: Tranquill was a commit to Purdue until Notre Dame came calling. At first, he was being looked at as a convert to inside…