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  1. Offseason Cheatsheet: Quarterbacks

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:04 PM EST

    As we count the days until Purdue week officially begins, let’s kick off another installment: The Offseason Cheatsheet. While most of you have been loyal readers and checking back multiple times each day, some of you are cramming for the Irish football season that’s 18 days away. Consider this your Du Lac approved crib-sheet for…

  2. Michael Floyd is a man on a mission

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

    It’s hard to call anyone that’s a preseason first-team All-American anonymous. But two weeks into fall camp, Michael Floyd might as well have vanished, getting little mention from head coach Brian Kelly or members of his staff when talking about the team. Since Kelly’s arrival, Floyd’s work within the program has been done under far…

  3. 18 days and counting…

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    Here’s a quick teaser the crew at NBC put together for the opening of Notre Dame football season. Tough not to get excited watching this…   We’ve got plenty of good news coming about our online coverage and live blogs in the days to come, but thought you’d all enjoy this. It’ll be September 4th…

  4. Opponent preview: Purdue Boilermakers

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    This will be the first of many opponent previews, leading us into the opening week of the season. Any suggestions or comments, please leave below or send me an email. The Overview: The Brian Kelly era kicks off against one of Notre Dame’s traditional opponents, in-state rival Purdue. Danny Hope enters his second season as…

  5. Irish make great impression on Ishaq Williams

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    There aren’t many recruits that have an offer list to match Brooklyn’s Ishaq Williams. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Williams has 30-plus offers from some of college football’s best, and Williams was on campus last week during practice to get a first look at Notre Dame with his family. According to Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell, the Irish are…

  6. Kelly takes stock after weekend scrimmage

    Aug 15, 2010, 4:33 PM EST

    With three weeks to go before Notre Dame’s date with Purdue, the coaching staff put the players through a full-contact scrimmage Saturday morning, before loading buses for an afternoon of sun and fun at nearby Diamond Lake. While the scrimmage took place behind closed doors from the media, Kelly spoke with reporters after and gave…

  7. Filer making his move at outside linebacker

    Aug 14, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    There’s never been any question about Steve Filer’s athletic ability. One of the premiere recruits signed by Notre Dame in the 2008 recruiting class, Filer profiled as a freakish athlete that had offers nationally as well as his choice of elite Big Ten schools. Yet Filer’s yet to make a true impact on the field…

  8. Practice peek gives insight on offensive pace

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:04 PM EST

    With new media restrictions on reporting specifics, the logical protection of unknown assets by the coaching staff makes it’s tough to gather too much from the limited media windows given during preseason camp. Still, if you’re looking for the proverbial knothole through the fence into Notre Dame’s practice, look no further than the video posted…

  9. Report: Ragone hospitalized after heat illness

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:41 PM EST

    Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune reports that tight end Mike Ragone was hospitalized Wednesday after he overheated during practice. From Hamilton: Tight end Mike Ragone was treated for heat illness after the workout Wednesday morning and hospitalized overnight for observation, though the senior is back on campus and now will be held out of…

  10. Friendly competition begins for freshman QBs

    Aug 12, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    With a depth chart alarmingly thin at quarterback with the early departure of Jimmy Clausen and the uncertain health of Dayne Crist, Brian Kelly made the unorthodox decision to bring in three quarterbacks in his first recruiting class. Tommy Rees enrolled in January, in large part to support a spring depth chart with only a…

  11. Walls crystallizes past issues for the secondary

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:25 PM EST

    I realize the last week of entries has been heavy on the defensive backs, but between the great insight secondary coach Chuck Martin gave after practice to some illuminating comments from Darrin Walls, it’s clear that the problems that plagued the back half of the Irish defense have been diagnosed. While Darrin Walls’ career at…

  12. Gallup starts transition to cornerback

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

    With a depth chart only two players deep, the inevitable move of an offensive player into the defensive backfield was just a matter of time. And while many expected one of the freshman wide receivers to begin the transition process, it was one of the oldest members of the team making the move to the…

  13. E.J. Banks future with team in jeopardy

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:09 PM EST

    Just hours after mentioning the questions that surround the secondary, the defensive backfield has taken another hit to their depth chart with the potential departure of cornerback E.J. Banks. Banks was the fourth corner listed on the two-deep depth chart released with the start of fall camp, but that’s all been thrown into jeopardy. “E.J.’s…

  14. Secondary questions at the forefront

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:16 PM EST

    After practice yesterday, head coach Brian Kelly took to the media and pointed some well-placed headlines toward the secondary. While you’d think it’d be hard for the defensive backfield to forget they had a bulls-eye on their backs heading into the season, Kelly made sure that his DBs — especially cornerback Gary Gray — knew…

  15. Weekend leftovers: Plenty to talk about…

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    The last few months of Mondays have been a struggle to find blog-worthy items to write about. That certainly isn’t the case anymore, with camp opening up and the Irish ready and working towards Purdue (27 days). For your best piece of footage, head over to UND.com for some excellent practice video from the opening…

  16. New York Times pegs Notre Dame at #32

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EST

    Some rag called the New York Times has been counting down all 120 D-I football teams heading into the season’s opener. Yesterday, they profiled their 32nd best team, the University of Notre Dame. Their bullet-point rationale: Likes 1. Even without Tate, deep receiving corps.2. Dayne Crist. 3. 10 returning starters on defense. 4. The running…

  17. Fall's first official depth chart

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    While head coach Brian Kelly made a point of not looking too closely at the initial depth chart, here’s where the two-deep starts as camp begins. OFFENSE: QB: Dayne Crist, Nate MontanaRB: Armando Allen, Robert Hughes LT: Zack Martin, Matt RomineLG: Chris Stewart, Mike GolicC: Dan Wenger, Braxston CaveRG: Trevor Robinson, Chris WattRT: Taylor Dever,…

  18. The 2010 season: It starts today

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:38 PM EST

    Brian Kelly has just stepped away from the podium, officially kicking off the 2010 season and fall camp for the Irish. It feels like just yesterday I was live-blogging the demise of the 2009 Irish, but at the same time these past seven-plus months have felt like an eternity as we waited to see what…

  19. Four-game series set for Irish and Longhorns

    Aug 5, 2010, 3:24 PM EST

    As discussed yesterday, the four-game series between Texas and Notre Dame is now official. From the official release: Administrators at Texas and Notre Dame have been discussing reuniting on the football field for a long period of time, and now, two of the winningest programs in NCAA history have been able to work out a…

  20. Rumors fly about Texas-Notre Dame series

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    While these certainly aren’t the first rumors about a proposed series between two of college football’s premiere football programs, word broke yesterday from Orangebloods.com writer Chip Brown that Texas and Notre Dame are close to finalizing a contract on a home-and-home series starting in 2015. Brown, who was out in front of the Texas/Big 12…