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  1. Corey Robinson enters season as X factor

    Aug 21, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT

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    Watch Notre Dame football long enough and names tend to emerge during the offseason. That they don’t always tend to show up on the field is a fact of life, a product of too much time and too much speculation amongst a fan base always looking for the next big thing. Perhaps that’s what makes…

  2. Offseason cheat sheet: Offensive line

    Aug 21, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

    Matt Cashore - US PRESSWIRE

    With offensive line coach Harry Hiestand entering his second season in South Bend, he’ll be welcoming in a new wave of talent, with five freshmen offensive linemen replenishing a depth chart that had gotten mighty thin. While most of that group won’t be ready to play any time soon, the starting five might be the…

  3. Spond discusses retirement due to hemiplegic migraines

    Aug 20, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

    Danny Spond

    A year after being hospitalized from the same ailment during preseason camp, Notre Dame linebacker Danny Spond has been forced to walk away from football because of hemiplegic migraines. After missing last season’s two opening games as medical experts tried to diagnose Spond’s mysterious ailment, another bout with the crippling headaches during fall camp ended…

  4. Elijah Hood opens up his recruitment

    Aug 20, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    NCHSAA Playoffs

    One of the stars of Notre Dame’s current recruiting class is stepping back from his commitment. North Carolina’s Elijah Hood, a five-star prospect according to some recruiting services, is no longer verbally committed to Notre Dame. The 5-foot-11, 225-pound running back that served as one of the “Golden Army’s” top prospect-recruiters, is now reexamining where…

  5. Offseason cheat sheet: Wide Receivers

    Aug 20, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly has worked hard at restocking the wide receiving corps. Since arriving in South Bend, Kelly did inherit some star power (see Floyd, Michael), but for the most part he was underwhelmed with the depth that existed on the roster he took over. That’s not to say that Charlie Weis did a poor job…

  6. Spond’s injury opens up outside linebacker position

    Aug 19, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT

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    The realities of college football hit home in South Bend this weekend with the news of Danny Spond walking away from his playing career just weeks before starting his senior season. There’s no way to sugar coat the departure of Spond — he was a key cog in the Irish defense. But his injury will…

  7. Practice Report Breakdown: Weekend edition

    Aug 18, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

    Carlo Calabrese, KeiVarae Russell, Bennett Jackson

    Things are starting to shake out as the season gets closer and closer. Just like every team, the Irish are getting their share of bad breaks. In addition to Danny Spond’s serious injury, Brian Kelly announced that Tony Springmann suffered a high ankle sprain, keeping him out against Temple. True freshman linebacker Doug Randolph will miss the season…

  8. Injuries end Danny Spond’s career

    Aug 17, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

    BYU v Notre Dame

    Sad news out of South Bend today, as senior linebacker Danny Spond announced that he’s retiring from football due to injuries. Multiple sources have told me that concussions have ended the career of the versatile 6-foot-2, 248-pound linebacker from Littleton, Colorado. (After discussing Spond’s retirement with someone inside the program, the story has been adjusted.…

  9. Offseason cheat sheet: Running backs

    Aug 16, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

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    On paper, Notre Dame’s running back depth chart lacks nothing. It has one of the top athletes in college football, a home run threat who averaged more than seven yards a carry in a down year. There are big backs and jitter bugs, elite recruits and dual threats. The only real problem is that nobody…

  10. Offseason cheat sheet: Quarterbacks

    Aug 15, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

    Rees Kelly

    From the looks of it, more than a few Notre Dame fans have come out of hibernation. After last year’s dream season came to a crashing halt, it’s more than understandable that some Irish fans decided to take a few months off before returning to the fray. But that hasn’t stopped us. So with just…

  11. Sports Illustrated ranks Notre Dame No. 8

    Aug 14, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly BCS

    With preseason rankings slowly trickling out, Sports Illustrated released their Top 25 today and have Notre Dame ranked No. 8 in the country. Here is the rest of the top ten: 1. Alabama 2. Stanford 3. Texas A&M 4. Ohio State 5. Oregon 6. South Carolina 7. Louisville 8. Notre Dame 9. Florida 10. Clemson…

  12. Practice Report Breakdown: Day Seven

    Aug 14, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    With training camp in full swing, Notre Dame scrimmaged on Tuesday, working 11 on 11 in preparation for the season opener against Temple, not just over two weeks away. While it’s getting harder and harder to make anything out from this videos thanks to some fancy editing, that won’t stop us from trying. As usual,…

  13. Offensive line taking shape

    Aug 13, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    Offensive Line

    Christian Lombard is a returning starter at right tackle, playing all thirteen games in a 12-1 season. But that hasn’t stopped him from embracing the reality that comes with improving personnel and elevated expectations. While the status quo wasn’t challenged during spring drills, one week into training camp, it’s obvious that Lombard understands that every…

  14. Practice Report Breakdown: Day Six

    Aug 13, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    Chris Watt,  Zack Martin

    As the second week of camp begins, positional battles are starting to take shape. At cornerback, any thoughts that Lo Wood could make a run at KeiVarae Russell’s starting job were put on ice yesterday by head coach Brian Kelly, who called Russell the clearcut starter. At quarterback, it’s looking very obvious that a 1-2-3…

  15. Sheldon Day looks like a star in the making

    Aug 12, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

    US Presswire

    The Dynamic Duo of Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt might just become a power trio. That’s because of the emergence of sophomore defensive end Sheldon Day, who has opened more than a few eyes with his work over the summer and in fall camp. After playing limited snaps as a true freshman, Day has stepped…

  16. Focus on Red Zone offense key for Irish

    Aug 12, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees

    For a team that ran the gauntlet to an undefeated regular season, Notre Dame’s offense had a major flaw: The Red Zone. In a season that was extraordinary, the Irish would’ve settled for being simply ordinary inside the opponent’s twenty yard line. Yet the Irish were one of the worst teams in the country in…

  17. Safety Baratti to have season-ending shoulder surgery

    Aug 12, 2013, 1:16 AM EDT

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    A crowded race for playing time at the safety position might be light one of leading contenders for the job. Sophomore safety Nicky Baratti could be done for the season, reportedly reinjuring a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery. A year after playing in all 13 games last season, multiple reports, first uncovered by IrishIllustrated.com, have Baratti’s…

  18. Practice Report Breakdown: Day Five

    Aug 9, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    There’s a ton of great information on the internet right now with Friday afternoon’s practice open to the media. You’d do yourself a favor to check out all the great stuff out there, but as always, here’s another way too close look at the UND.com Practice Report. While it felt like they were editing a…

  19. Right side of offensive line still in flux

    Aug 9, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Christian Lombard

    The local media had their first look at the ’13 Irish today, with Brian Kelly spending a solid chunk of time answering question from a group of reporters that were hungry after sitting out Camp Shiloh. With practice open to peering eyes, one place to keep a focus on is the right side of the…

  20. Practice report breakdown: Day Four

    Aug 8, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    After taking a serious look at Brian Kelly‘s post practice comments, here’s another closer than healthy look at the UND.com practice report. At this point, thousands of Irish fans are jumping to conclusions based on about thirty plays, handpicked by the FIDM staff and likely approved by the coaches. Sure, it’s worth looking at, but…