Aug 8, 2015, 2:10 PM EDT
Coming off of a 100-tackle sophomore season that earned him a mention on the AP’s All-American second team, Jaylon Smith returns for his third season in South Bend with the expectations for greatness even higher. After spending 2014 learning how to play linebacker from the inside out, Smith now will be asked to do something he only did in spurts last season: Dominate.
Aug 8, 2015, 12:20 AM EDT
It’s Friday evening. The Irish have practice one in the books. So let’s try something different. Here’s a greatest hits from social media after Notre Dame’s opening day of training camp.
Aug 7, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT
It’s official. Brian Kelly won yesterday’s press conference. Now we’ll find out the five players who’ll have the largest say in whether the Irish perform up to the lofty standards their head coach set yesterday.
Aug 6, 2015, 3:59 PM EDT
No more reading the tea leaves. No more educated guesses. Finally, a real opportunity to hear from Notre Dame’s head coach as Brian Kelly discusses his expectations for the 2015 season.
Aug 6, 2015, 10:07 AM EDT
As Brian Kelly prepares to kickoff fall camp this morning, our rankings get down to the ten best players who’ll likely decide whether or not the Irish achieve their lofty goals in 2015.
Aug 6, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
Entering his senior season, safety Elijah Shumate has the opportunity to put all the pieces together. After a quick start to his career, Shumate’s struggled with the transition to a full-time starter, failing to build off a scrappy freshman campaign where he blanketed slot receivers in a one-dimensional job.
Aug 6, 2015, 12:28 AM EDT
Less than 48 hours before Notre Dame is set to kickoff the season, it appears the Irish will open camp short another player. Sophomore defensive end Kolin Hill plans to transfer, per an Irish Illustrated report.
Aug 5, 2015, 7:28 PM EDT
Notre Dame’s returning MVP, Joe Schmidt is no longer just an underdog story. He’s one of the most important pieces in the Irish defense, the central nervous system for a defense that collapsed without him in the middle.
Aug 5, 2015, 6:05 PM EDT
One of the eye-opening performers on last year’s camp circuit, freshman wide receiver CJ Sanders flashed elite speed at The Opening, running one of the fastest 40-yard dashes of any player in attendance. Now on Notre Dame’s campus, it’s up to Sanders to keep running fast, especially if he wants to find his way into the mix of a crowded wide receiver depth chart.
Aug 5, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT
Washington State’s loss is Notre Dame’s gain, as the Irish accepted a commitment from California quarterback Ian Book on Tuesday. A former Mike Leach commitment who pledged to the Cougars back in April, the six-footer visited South Bend two weeks and gave his commitment to offensive coordinator and area recruiter Mike Sanford Tuesday evening.
Aug 5, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT
A multi-year starter. One of the team’s most impressive breakout defenders. A preseason All-American and a defender who—if healthy—has the same ceiling. And oh yeah, the team’s returning MVP. Our Irish Top 25 continues.
Aug 5, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
An early offer and commitment, offensive lineman Trevor Ruhland begins his Notre Dame career on a developmental track that requires patience. A two-way high school player, Ruhland will focus on life on the interior of the Irish offensive line, learning from an established depth chart that’s quickly become a war chest of talent.
Aug 4, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT
Two veterans on the Notre Dame football team will be permanently hanging up their cleats. Linebacker Michael Deeb and tight end Mike Heuerman have both been medically disqualified, the university announced today. Both will remain at Notre Dame, staying on scholarship while working towards their respective degrees.
Aug 4, 2015, 5:31 PM EDT
Notre Dame won’t have running back Greg Bryant this season. Already looking at a four-game suspension for violating team rules, news broke today via Irish Illustrated that the junior running back was declared academically ineligible for the fall semester, ending his season before it even began.
Aug 4, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT
When last summer’s never-ending academic investigation froze Ishaq Williams’ football career, the next man on the defensive end depth chart was Isaac Rochell. After a mostly anonymous freshman season, counting on Rochell to be a starter looked like a stretch that exacerbated the Irish’s roster inefficiencies at defensive end.
Aug 4, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT
Perhaps the most impressive student-athlete on Notre Dame’s roster, Corey Robinson’s sophomore campaign saw him earn first-team Academic All-American honors, a rare achievement for an underclassman. Now the goal is something perhaps more superficial—sync up his work on the field with his achievements off of it.
Aug 4, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
We kicked off our list with five candidates for a breakout season. Our next installment seems to be doing one better: All five players have already started football games (or in one case, a game), now the goal is to become dominant performers.
Aug 3, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT
Irish fans have been waiting to see Max Redfield emerge as the star safety Notre Dame has desperately needed since Harrison Smith went to the NFL. But entering his third season, Redfield is still a work in progress.
Aug 3, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT
Two seasons in and we have yet to see much from linebacker Doug Randolph. But after a shoulder injury slowed him at the beginning of his career and various injuries kept him from contributing more in 2014, perhaps a position change is what gets the rising junior back on track.
Aug 3, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
As we begin our rankings, we find a cross-section of players that represent just about every type of Brian Kelly recruit. There are blue-chippers. There are “RKGs.” And there are position switches and developmental projects.
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