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  1. Golson key to Irish offense’s evolution

    Apr 15, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    Everett Golson

    Early in the Brian Kelly era at Notre Dame, we spent obsessive amounts of time discussing quarterback performance. After watching Charlie Weis spit out two elite college quarterbacks, the Irish bringing in another “offensive guru” gave Notre Dame fans hopes that their new head coach would continue to develop quarterbacks, even if it was with…

  2. Spring practice video breakdown: Part six

    Apr 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Cam McDaniel

    On Saturday, Notre Dame had their first and only open practice of the spring. (Until the Blue-Gold game, that is.) With Loftus packed to the walls with a thousand high school coaches a a large group of local media getting their looks at an Irish squad three-quarters of the way through spring ball, there was…

  3. Kelly turns over play-calling to Chuck Martin

    Apr 14, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    Chuck Martin

    Amidst a thousand high school coaches, Brian Kelly revealed an interesting wrinkle about his own coaching staff this weekend. After being the primary play-caller for the offense in his three seasons at Notre Dame, those duties will be passed on to offensive coordinator Chuck Martin. Martin, who spent last year running the offense after being…

  4. Weekend notes: Belichick, schedule, rankings and more

    Apr 12, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - Round One

    The Notre Dame coaches clinic is underway, with hundreds of high school coaches from around the country descending on South Bend to hear Brian Kelly and his staff speak. In addition to the Irish coaches, a star-studded list will also be joining the festivities, with current NFL head coaches Marc Trestman, Marvin Lewis and Bill…

  5. Kiel set to enroll at Cincinnati

    Apr 11, 2013, 6:59 AM EDT

    Rees Golson Kiel

    A day after Davonte Neal decided to head home to the University of Arizona, quarterback Gunner Kiel has decided to transfer to Cincinnati. ESPN’s Joe Schad reports that Kiel selected Brian Kelly’s former program after considering Ball State, Miami (Ohio), Kansas State and Mississippi. Schad spoke to Kiel, who provided his rationale: “Cincinnati was the…

  6. Davonte Neal transferring to Arizona

    Apr 10, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Michigan State

    After deciding to walk away from Notre Dame to be closer to his girlfriend and newborn daughter, Davonte Neal will play next season for Rich Rodriguez and Arizona. The 5-foot-9 slot receiver was down to the Irish and Wildcats before dramatically choosing Notre Dame in a whirlwind recruiting process. Now he’ll come home and add…

  7. Farley provides a constant at safety

    Apr 10, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

    Matthias Farley

    As we push closer towards the end of spring practice, one position that deserves the closest look under the microscope is the safety position. With Zeke Motta departed, it’s a fascinating grouping that’s now fully transitioned into Brian Kelly’s personnel. Both Chuck Martin and Bob Elliott have shown the ability to get good football out…

  8. Spring practice video breakdown: Part five

    Apr 9, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    Discover BCS National Championship - Notre Dame v Alabama

    With the Irish getting some scrimmage time in earlier this week, there’s a very good chance Brian Kelly and his staff are getting to know the type of football team that they have on their hands. In the case of Everett Golson, that might be a player that’s advanced leaps and bounds. While we all…

  9. Report: Florida State to host Notre Dame in ’14

    Apr 9, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

    Floyd Florida State Champs

    With Notre Dame’s football alliance set to start with the ACC in 2014, one of the first big pieces of scheduling news broke today. Rivals’ affiliate reports that Florida State will host the Irish in ’14. Consider this the first of hopefully many announcements for athletic director Jack Swarbrick and ACC commissioner John Swofford,…

  10. Tuitt recovering well from sports hernia surgery

    Apr 8, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Last season, Stephon Tuitt put himself on the map with a breakout sophomore season. While his numbers tailed off down the stretch, Tuitt was near the top of the NCAA leaders in sacks halfway through the season, en route to a still mighty impressive team leading 12 quarterback take-downs. For a 3-4 defensive end that…

  11. Niklas could be next great Irish tight end

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Football: Purdue at Notre Dame

    It’s been a nice run at tight end for Notre Dame over the past decade. The Irish have produced more than their share of early-round NFL tight ends, with Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, and Kyle Rudolph soon to be joined by Tyler Eifert. After learning the position on the fly last season after playing his…

  12. Nix is the best both on and off the field

    Apr 6, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT


    Last week, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was unequivocal in his evaluation of rising senior Louis Nix. “We think he’s the best nose guard in America,” Kelly said. As good as Nix has been as the centerpiece of the Irish’s defensive line, he might be better in front of a microphone. Nix was made…

  13. Hunter Jr.’s recovery progressing ahead of schedule

    Apr 5, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT


    With the departure of Justin Ferguson and Davonte Neal, incoming freshman Will Fuller and Torii Hunter Jr. will be given every opportunity to play catch-up this summer. For Fuller, that means a solid summer in the weight room with Paul Longo. For Hunter, it’s not quite as straight-forward. A broken femur in January put the…

  14. Spring practice video breakdown: Part four

    Apr 4, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Notre Dame at USC

    Let’s get back to the over-analysis! As we examine another two minutes of ND football players going through drill work, here are a few things I picked up, from either talking to people close to the program or reading other reports: * It’s interesting to note that a broken collarbone for Amir Carlisle doesn’t mean…

  15. ‘Z’ no more: Plans for slot receiver evolve

    Apr 3, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT


    As our frame-by-frame analysis of practice videos attest to, there’s an appetite for everything football in the spring. Practice footage of one-on-one blocking, seven on seven passing drills or running against a no-touch defense still gives us ammo for our annual rite of spring. Playing the guessing game of how Brian Kelly plans to feature…

  16. Spring practice video breakdown: Part three

    Apr 2, 2013, 7:35 AM EDT

    Davaris Daniels

    I’m not sure if it’s me slacking or the FIDM team, but it dawned on me that I’m a little behind on the video breakdowns from spring practice. Let’s get right into it and breakdown the past two videos, which featured some interesting looks at the Irish getting physical and some clues as to what…

  17. Spring solutions: Linebackers

    Apr 1, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    There was always going to be a very large hole in the middle of the Irish defense. That’s what the departure of any four-year starter does for you, let alone one of the most highly decorated defenders in college football history. While most of the recent talk of Manti Te’o is focused on his draft…

  18. Weekend notes: Easter, DeCicco, Swarbrick and more

    Mar 30, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Mike DeCicco

    The Notre Dame football team took a break from spring drills for Easter, practicing on Wednesday before players took the long weekend to head home to their families or catch up on some rest in South Bend. For Brian Kelly and his staff, the quarter-turn of their fifteen workouts gave an early assessment of the…

  19. Roster moves leave Kelly undeterred

    Mar 28, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    You can hardly blame some Irish fans. Yesterday’s news that Davonte Neal and Justin Ferguson were leaving school was the first sign of the apocalypse. After all, things seemed to be going almost too well for Notre Dame football, a group that at this point should expect a maelstrom every 60 days or so. Most…

  20. Transfers: Justin Ferguson decides to leave team, too

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Justin Ferguson

    While Brian Kelly wasn’t scheduled to meet with the media until after the Easter break, he spoke after practice Wednesday morning to confirm some rather big news. As already reported, Kelly confirmed a broken collarbone for Amir Carlisle and a shoulder injury for Chase Hounshell. As reported here, the shoulder injury was a serious one,…

  21. Report: Davonte Neal set to transfer

    Mar 27, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT

    NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Michigan State

    The second highly touted member of the 2012 recruiting class is leaving the Fighting Irish football team. Wide receiver Davonte Neal, who spent his freshman season as the team’s primary punt returner and was expected to play a significant role in the Irish offense in 2013, is leaving school. Jason Sapp of Blue and Gold…

  22. Te’o (and teammates) audition at Pro Day

    Mar 26, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Manti Teo

    With hundreds of media members and NFL scouts in attendance, Manti Te’o and the rest of his graduating teammates worked out at Notre Dame’s official Pro Day Tuesday afternoon. As the passing weeks continue to separate Te’o the All-American linebacker from the tabloid sensation, the former Irish star needed to do his job and separate…

  23. Spring practice video breakdown: Part two

    Mar 26, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Notre Dame Football Practice

    Obviously, today’s news about running back Amir Carlisle and defensive end Chase Hounshell suffering significant injuries was a tough reminder that spring practice also carries with it some risk. But the Irish are hardly alone. Michigan lost its best defensive playmaker, linebacker Jake Ryan to a torn ACL last week, putting his 2013 season in…

  24. Chase Hounshell and Amir Carlisle suffer injuries

    Mar 25, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    Amir Carlisle

    Tough injury news to report out of spring practice. The Irish look to have suffered two injuries after Saturday’s first practice in pads. Multiple sources tell me that defensive end Chase Hounshell has suffered another shoulder injury. One source indicates that it’s another torn labrum for Hounshell, a really tough break for the rising junior…

  25. New Jersey DE Andrew Trumbetti commits to Irish

    Mar 23, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Andrew Trumbetti

    The first Junior Day of the 2014 recruiting cycle netted its first new pledge, as New Jersey defensive end Andrew Trumbetti gave his commitment to head coach Brian Kelly and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco today. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder had offers from Florida, Clemson, Miami, Penn State, Stanford and several others. As Brian Kelly noted on…