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  1. Floyd sprints his way up NFL draft boards

    Feb 26, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd TD Maryland

    There was one major question NFL teams had about Notre Dame star receiver Michael Floyd: Just how fast was he? After four seasons of dominating play at Notre Dame using his raw physical abilities, the NFL Scouting Combine offered the Irish’s all-time leading receiver the opportunity to show off his speed, the one remaining on-the-field…

  2. Salvi earns scholarship, rebuilding, recruiting, and combine

    Feb 24, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd combine

    News has broken from the Twitter accounts of several Notre Dame players that walk-on safety Chris Salvi has earned a scholarship for next season. The move will bring the senior back for a fifth-year, one that will give Salvi a shot at earning a graduate degree for free, and solidifies some depth on the back…

  3. Playmakers Wanted: Daniel Smith

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Daniel Smith

    (Note: This is the second in a series of fictional memos from Notre Dame’s No. 1 fan to key players for the 2012 Fighting Irish. The first featured senior wide receiver John Goodman.) MEMO To: Daniel Smith From: Goldy Domer, #1 Irish Fan Subject: Your upcoming breakout season Hi Daniel, See what I did there?…

  4. Projecting Neal’s role in the Irish offense

    Feb 22, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Davonte Neal

    With the soap opera behind us, we can finally turn the focus from Davonte Neal choosing Notre Dame, to projecting what he’ll end up doing for the Fighting Irish. Put simply, Neal can be considered the salvation of a recruiting class that filled a lot of holes but was considered by some a disappointment after…

  5. After missing first press conference, Neal picks Irish

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Davonte Neal AZ

    With 600 grade schoolers assembled at Kyrene de la Esperanza elementary school, the finish line to Davonte Neal‘s recruitment was in sight. But with Fox Sports’ Arizona affiliate broadcasting the proceedings on the internet, a funny thing happened: Neal didn’t show up. And so continued a recruitment that’s been both the very best and very…

  6. Playmakers Wanted: John Goodman

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    John Goodman

    (Note: This is the first in a series of fictional memos from Notre Dame’s No. 1 fan to key players for the 2012 Fighting Irish.) MEMO To: John Goodman From: Goldy Domer, #1 Irish Fan Subject: Your final year of eligibility John: Four years goes by quickly, doesn’t it? It seems like only yesterday we…

  7. Local linemen could be recipe for recruiting success

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

    Tate Nichols

    Losing a recruit like Taylor Decker would usually be cause for alarm. Over the last decade, the Irish have struggled to keep proper inventory along the offensive line, and the loss of a six-foot-eight, 300-pound left tackle prospect, three-star recruit or not, would’ve set off more than a few Irish fans. After all, it was…

  8. With redshirt off, intrigue surrounds Golson

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    Just about every Irish fan wondered what the quarterbacks not on the field could do for the Irish last season. With the depth chart thrown into disarray after two quarters of football, a chorus of support erupted from all corners of ND nation, with calls for Rees, Crist, Hendrix and Golson heard amongst the shouting.…

  9. Irish adding Eamon McOsker as a preferred walk-on

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

    Eamon Osker

    It looks like the Irish football program still isn’t done adding players to the class of 2012. Notre Dame has made an offer to two-way player Eamon McOsker of Loyola High in Los Angeles, and McOsker will join the Irish roster next season as a preferred walk-on. The Los Angeles Times reports that McOsker was…

  10. Decision made, Davonte Neal set to pick school

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Davonte Neal

    Three weeks after coming up on the short end of the stick on Signing Day, the Irish might be getting the impact receiver they’ve been in search of this recruiting class. Multiple reports have Davonte Neal ready to select a school, with the talented two-way player making his announcement on February 21st. The blue-chip athlete…

  11. Martin focused on executing the offense

    Feb 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Chuck Martin tight

    Chuck Martin faced his first proverbial third-and-long early in his press session. Brian Kelly’s new offensive coordinator, along with all the Irish assistant coaches, each wearing a different title in 2012 than they did in 2011, met with an eager press corp, ready to hear how this year will be better than the last. Martin…

  12. Front four reveals multiple options

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    aaron lynch Sack

    The days of calling Notre Dame a 3-4 defense are over. In fact, you’d have been wrong if you called the Irish a predominantly 3-4 defense last year. While opposing coaches looked to use the Irish’s odd-man front as recruiting ammunition to keep edge rushers from joining Bob Diaco‘s defense in South Bend, the reality…

  13. Irish adding Buffalo’s Ernest Jones to football staff

    Feb 10, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Ernest Jones

    Brian Kelly spent the morning addressing the staff changes that await the next edition of the Fighting Irish football team. But it appears there’s one more move on the horizon, though it hasn’t been made official by Notre Dame. As reported by the Buffalo News’ Rodney McKissic, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones…

  14. Vowing to fix offense, Kelly announces staff shake-up

    Feb 10, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 9

    After spending the days following Notre Dame’s bowl loss in a sprint to the recruiting finish line, Brian Kelly spent Friday morning announcing the staff changes that have taken shape since wrapping up the 2011 season. With offensive coordinator Charley Molnar taking over the football program at UMass, and Ed Warinner and Tim Hinton joining…

  15. After rough start, Gray believes in Kelly

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Shamrock

    It took a while for the light bulb to go on, but when it did, Jonas Gray finally showed the talent many had expected from the blue-chip prospect from Detroit. One of the top prep running backs in the country, it took until Gray’s senior season to make an impact on the field, but from…

  16. Recruiting carousel restarts with 2013 Rivals100 list

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Kendall Fuller

    Notre Dame hasn’t stopped chasing 2012 prospects. But that doesn’t stop the recruiting carousel for spinning, as the lifeblood of college football — not to mention a multi-million dollar internet industry — continues to churn as college programs turn the page to a new year’s worth of recruits. Nothing signals that more than the new…

  17. Irish still in the running for Davonte Neal

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    Davonte Neal

    If Signing Day ended on a dour note, that lull between Signing Day and spring football might be filled with one final pleasant surprise. The Irish haven’t given up on chasing the final recruit on their board, Arizona’s Davonte Neal. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Neal, who led Chaparral High to back-to-back state championships is still considering…

  18. Martin gives inside look at recruiting process

    Feb 6, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

    Chuck Martin 2

    It’s easy to look at the sixteen recruits that signed with Notre Dame last week and place an evaluation on the job Brian Kelly and his coaching staff did. With the last minute defection of wide receiver Deontay Greenberry, the runner-up finish for blue-chippers Nelson Agholor and Brian Poole, and the loss of one-time commits…

  19. The ones that got away

    Feb 4, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Greenberry Houston

    Brian Kelly wanted to keep the focus on the players that decided to sign letters-of-intent with the Irish. And with a recruiting class compiled of 16 talented players — a lean class no doubt, but far from a program killer — that sentiment is certainly understandable. But we’ll have four years to judge the talent…

  20. Offense evolves with Alford assigned RBs and slot receivers

    Feb 2, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    tony-alford-assistants

    Lost in the shuffle of Signing Day (we’ll get back to it, I promise), it appears Brian Kelly had finalized his coaching staff’s assignments. Tony Alford, after shifting to wide receivers to accommodate Tim Hinton, will head back to running backs coach. Scott Booker, named a full-time coach after Hinton and offensive line coach Ed…