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  1. Elston looks for big things out of defensive line

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Mike Elston

    It’s been a challenging two years for Mike Elston at Notre Dame. A serious illness derailed his first season in South Bend, forcing the Irish’s special teams coordinator and defensive line coach to step away from football during the season to focus on his health. In 2011, Elston’s unit was the one that suffered health…

  2. Niklas is the ultimate wild card

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    There are plenty of variables at play for the 2012 Fighting Irish. The largest is at the quarterback position. Who will lead the Irish not just when they head to Dublin, but when they continue into the teeth of one of the country’s hardest schedules? Who will fill the sizable void Michael Floyd left after…

  3. Linebacker Michael Deeb commits to the Irish

    Jun 29, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Michael-Deeb

    It’s been a busy week for linebackers coach and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. After picking up a pledge from outside linebacker prospect Danny Mattingly earlier in the week, South Florida inside linebacker Michael Deeb committed to Notre Dame today, making the announcement via Twitter. “Thankful and blessed to make the decision to commit to THE…

  4. Russell and Neal will get looks at cornerback

    Jun 28, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

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    There’s no question that Notre Dame lacks quality depth at cornerback heading into the season. Needing to replace both Robert Blanton and Gary Gray, the Irish will look to first year starter Bennett Jackson on the short-side of the field as Lo Wood and Josh Atkinson will take their competition for the field cornerback position…

  5. Irish add OLB Danny Mattingly to ’13 recruiting class

    Jun 27, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Danny Mattingly

    Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from outside linebacker Danny Mattingly yesterday, adding another critical piece to a ’13 recruiting class that now sits at 15 members. Mattingly, a Spokane native, has seen his profile grow over the past few months, securing offers from Alabama, Nebraska and Oklahoma, to go along with offers from just…

  6. Rees and Calabrese cleared for school and workouts

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    It hasn’t been a secret that Tommy Rees has been taking summer classes and working out with his teammates as the Irish undergo offseason workouts in preparation for the 2012 season. But head coach Brian Kelly hadn’t yet commented on the future of his embattled quarterback, who ran afoul with the law on the last…

  7. Anello still competing in life after football

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Mike Anello ND

    It’s been a few seasons since we’ve seen the blur with a No. 37 sprinting down the field in kick coverage. But since Mike Anello graduated from Notre Dame and ended a football career that started as a walk-on and ended garnering two Academic All-American honors for his special teams play, Anello hasn’t stopped competing.…

  8. Louis Nix gets first Brian Kelly post-surgery comments

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Louis Nix9

    You’ve got to love the internet… and defensive tackle Louis Nix. The rising junior, a key cog to the Irish defensive line, has taken to his YouTube channel to continue building his social media presence. Along with a popular Twitter handle — @IrishChocolate9 –Nix has now started “Chocolate News,” his YouTube updates of life in…

  9. Swarbrick pumps brakes on Big 12 talks

    Jun 20, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    With news that the conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick plan to present a four-team playoff plan to universities presidents in the coming days, a new rumor surfaced earlier today from OrangeBloods.com’s Chip Brown that is once again is connecting Notre Dame with the Big 12. In Brown’s latest (and not the…

  10. Running back recruiting gets tougher with full house

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Notre Dame took its lumps in a few key recruiting battles at running back this week when two top prep backs committed to different schools. The Irish lost out on top target, Tampa’s Ryan Green to Florida State, while Paul Chryst and Pitt picked up South Jersey’s Corey Clement, who ran for 2,500 yards last…

  11. Neal ready for Notre Dame

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Davonte Neal AZ

    After a recruitment that was high on drama and excitement, Notre Dame fans hope Davonte Neal brings the same thing to the football field as he enrolls in summer school today. Neal, who flew into South Bend on Sunday, represents one of the best options to walk in and contribute in an offense that’s desperately…

  12. Weekend Notes: Recruiting, Freshmen, Schedules and odds

    Jun 15, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Paul Longo

    As mentioned yesterday, it’s a recruiting reunion on campus this weekend for the class of ’13. With a group of promising 2014 recruits as well as a handful of uncommitted prospects in this recruiting cycle, South Bend (local weather high-80s and sunny as we speak) is getting the once over from top prospects Mackensie Alexander…

  13. Linebacker recruiting turns focus to Anzalone

    Jun 14, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Alex Anzalone

    Over the past few days, the linebacker target list for Notre Dame has gotten more refined. Unfortunately, it’s been because a few top names have fallen off the board. With Irish targets Chans Cox deciding to stay home and play for Arizona State, and Dallas linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni committing to Oklahoma today, Notre Dame will…

  14. Irish get visit from blue-chip Florida CB Mackensie Alexander

    Jun 13, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Mackensie Alexander

    It’s easy to point to cornerback as a position of need for the Irish. After losing Tee Shepard before making it to spring practice, turning away talented cornerbacks Yuri Wright and Anthony Standifer, and losing long-time Irish commitment Ronald Darby, Notre Dame needs to make sure they add some cornerback depth in the 2013 recruiting…

  15. Collinsworth injury could reshuffle secondary

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Austin Collinsworth

    While Notre Dame hasn’t publicly commented on it, multiple outlets have reported a significant shoulder injury to safety Austin Collinsworth. The injury, reportedly sustained during the Blue-Gold game, has the potential to be season ending, altering the Irish’s plans at the safety position, where Collinsworth was set to play major minutes. If we are to…

  16. As summer begins, Irish student-athletes give back

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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    As stories of academic impropriety at impressive institutions like North Carolina steal headlines, most schools are cross-checking classes that feature too many student-athletes in their summer sessions. With limited students enrolled, it’s not breaking news that summer school has sometimes been used as a way to get grade-point-averages healthy and eligibility restored. While most schools…

  17. Weekend notes: Guess goes home, Army 180, and BK’s back

    Jun 8, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Lorenzo Guess

    Assistant director of strength and conditioning Lorenzo Guess has left Notre Dame for a similar position at his alma mater Michigan State. Guess, who played basketball and football for the Spartans, hails from Michigan and was coached by Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio when Dantonio was a position coach and Guess was a safety.…

  18. Isaac Rochell gives his commitment to Notre Dame

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Isaac Rochell

    Less than a week after the Irish received the pledge of five-star linebacker Jaylon Smith, Brian Kelly locked in another highly-touted recruit, Georgia’s Isaac Rochell. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end is a consensus top 150 player in the country, with Rivals ranking him the No. 8 defensive end and the No. 88 player overall. Sporting…

  19. Steve Beuerlein talks Notre Dame past, present and future

    Jun 6, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Steve Beuerlein

    Former Irish quarterback Steve Beuerlein addressed the Notre Dame Fantasy Camp during the opening night dinner and had an entertaining speech as he looked back fondly on his days at Notre Dame, talked about what he sees in the program, and told some great Lou Holtz stories. I’ve taken part in the camp and it’s…

  20. Freshman Focus: Ronnie Stanley

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Ronnie Stanley

    (The fifth in a multi-part series profiling select members of the incoming class of 2012. For more, see wide receiver Chris Brown, safety Elijah Shumate, defensive lineman Jarron Jones, and wide receiver Davonte Neal.) Most of the attention was heaped on the lineman that got away. While three-star recruit Taylor Decker walked away from his…

  21. Recruiting Snapshot: Thirteen and counting

    Jun 5, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Alex Anzalone

    Jaylon Smith‘s commitment over the weekend gave the 2013 recruiting class it’s proverbial crown jewel. More importantly, it puts the Irish on a pretty impressive trajectory as it heads into a time of year where recruits start to buckle down and narrow their lists. For the Irish, sitting at 13 commitments after a season where…

  22. Jaylon Smith commits to the Irish

    Jun 2, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    It won’t go into the media guide or count in Brian Kelly’s official W-L record, but Notre Dame won a huge battle on Saturday when Indiana linebacker Jaylon Smith gave his commitment to the Fighting Irish. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound outside linebacker, who has been dazzling recruitniks all offseason with his effortless work rushing the passer,…

  23. Weekend notes: Jones, Tuck, and summer visits

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    tj-jones

    With students trickling back to South Bend to begin “voluntary” summer workouts and the summer semester, we are slowly on our way out of the doldrums as we crawl towards the 2012 football season. We’ll continue profiling the freshman that are set to enroll in summer school. We’ll take a closer look at the sophomores…

  24. Williams and Walker could be heading to UMass

    May 31, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    Utah v Notre Dame

    Hafis Williams and Deion Walker look like they’ll be extending their college football careers, doing so for their former offensive coordinator Charley Molnar at UMass. According to Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Williams and Walker will be joined by former Michigan running back Michael Cox, all joining the Minutemen for a final season…

  25. Freshman Focus: Davonte Neal

    May 31, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Davonte Neal Chaparral

    (The fourth in a multi-part series profiling select members of the incoming class of 2012. The more, see wide receiver Chris Brown, safety Elijah Shumate, and defensive lineman Jarron Jones.) There should have been more celebrating by ND Nation when Davonte Neal, the player of the year in Arizona, and the No. 8 player in…