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  1. Time for Cierre Wood to step up

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Irish running back Wood runs for a 68 yard touchdown against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the first half of their NCAA college football game at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

    With the NFL Scouting Combine beginning tomorrow, Manti Te’o isn’t the only former Notre Dame player that needs to answer some questions. While the media hordes will likely surround Te’o from the minute he steps foot in Indianapolis, there likely won’t be a soul asking Cierre Wood about the eventful six weeks that have taken…

  2. Restocking: Secondary

    Feb 19, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

    Bennett Jackson 2

    After 40 days of prep and a January match-up, Alabama coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier finally designed a game plan that beat a young Notre Dame secondary that many thought would have plenty of troubling Saturdays. Yet even as injuries forced inexperience and youth into the lineup, Kerry Cooks and Bobby Elliott…

  3. All NFL eyes will be on Te’o this week

    Feb 18, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o Stanford

    The NFL will descend on Indianapolis this week, with the first big step in NFL Draft preparations taking place for the 32 member clubs, as they get their chance to poke and prod 333 college prospects. For many eligible draft players, they’ve spent the days since their college careers ended training for the annual cattle…

  4. Restocking: Linebackers

    Feb 18, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    It may seem like a lifetime ago, but Notre Dame’s defense faces a pretty extraordinary task: replacing one of college football’s most decorated defensive players ever. Four years after landing Manti Te’o, a rare player who surpasses the recruiting hype that comes along with a five-star tag, the Irish coaching staff found another elite talent…

  5. Restocking: The offensive line

    Feb 16, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

    Chris Watt,  Zack Martin

    In landing five offensive linemen during this recruiting cycle, Notre Dame filled a critical need at a position group that had gotten way too thin. With Steve Elmer and Mike McGlinchey, the Irish have two intriguing candidates that have NFL potential at tackle. In John Montelus and Colin McGovern, Harry Hiestand has two true guard…

  6. Slaughter denied sixth year

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

    Jamoris Slaughter

    Safety Jamoris Slaughter‘s career at Notre Dame has official come to an end. The NCAA denied Slaughter’s appeal to return to the Irish for a sixth season, the university announced in a statement. The six-foot, 200-pound safety from Georgia, who has already earned his degree at Notre Dame in Industrial Design, will shift his focus…

  7. Elliott recovering well from kidney transplant

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Bob Elliott ND

    Bob Elliott‘s battle with kidney failure always seemed to be on the back burner. Revealed on the eve of the BCS National Championship in a tremendous story by Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, Elliott’s quiet battle, which included sessions of self-dialysis from the Notre Dame coaching offices, didn’t get in the way of the Irish safeties…

  8. Restocking: Analyzing the position groups

    Feb 13, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    John Montelus

    Each recruiting class has a purpose. For Brian Kelly and company, continuing to widen the base of the roster was a key for the 2013 recruiting class. It was far from coincidental that this group could literally line up and play against itself if it needed to do so. In fact, that balance — and…

  9. Irish coaching staff goes the distance for recruits

    Feb 12, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT


    It’s no secret that Notre Dame recruits nationally. That’s one of the benefits that comes along with one of the longest-standing brand names in college football. But a footprint that large also has its challenges. And for the Irish coaching staff, that’s the work that comes from reaching far and wide to find football players.…

  10. Vanderdoes adds another chapter to No. 3 jersey

    Feb 11, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Eddie Vanderdoes

    Walk-on safety Connor Cavalaris might have done something that most offensive lineman will struggle with. He stopped blue-chip recruit Eddie Vanderdoes in his tracks. Sure, it didn’t happen on the field. But when Vanderdoes was looking at jersey numbers, he scrolled down the roster and saw that his long-worn high school number — No. 47…

  11. Specialization brings additional challenges to recruiting

    Feb 8, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 9

    As we dig deeper into the talented class that Brian Kelly and his staff reeled in, some trends are starting to emerge in a group widely accepted to be among the best in the nation. We will spend the next few weeks talking about the 24 athletes that comprise the class of 2013, but athlete…

  12. Eight Irish seniors get invite to NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 7, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

    NFL Scouting Combine

    While the excitement of Signing Day is still lingering, eight Notre Dame seniors received a very important invitation yesterday that will play a huge factor in their professional careers. The NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis released their official invite list and it was filled with Irish players. Here are the following players who will…

  13. Vanderdoes adds final name to Irish recruiting haul

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    Eddie Vanderdoes

    It took until well after dark, but Notre Dame finally landed the last crucial piece they were chasing in this recruiting class. California defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes picked the Irish over Alabama, UCLA and USC Wednesday evening, capping off a historic Irish class at 24. The U.S. Army All-American announced his choice from a hometown…

  14. Faxes In (finally): Tarean Folston

    Feb 6, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

    Tarean Folston

    After a late flirtation with Auburn, Notre Dame finally received the commitment of Tarean Folston this afternoon, adding a key final piece to the offensive recruiting class. Let’s take a closer look at what Folston brings to the Irish offense. TAREAN FOLSTON Cocoa, Florida Measureables: 5-foot-9, 190-pounds Accolades: Consensus four-star prospect. First-team All-State Florida 4A…

  15. Irish recruiting class a product of banner season

    Feb 6, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 2013 signing day

    For a coach that quipped he could sell Avon, it’s no surprise that Brian Kelly could sell 12-1. Even with that one loss being a resounding thud in the national title game, Notre Dame’s head coach was all smiles when discussing his 2013 recruiting class, even if there were storylines swirling throughout his noon press…

  16. Faxes In: Durham Smythe

    Feb 6, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    Durham Smythe

    The tight end depth chart received another infusion when one-time Texas Longhorns commit Durham Smythe sent a fax to The Gug this morning. Let’s take a look at what the Irish got. DURHAM SMYTHE Belton, Texas Measureables: 6-foot-5, 230-pounds Accolades: Top 50 on Waco Tribune-Herald. Two-time first-team Texas District 8 5A. All-State Academic. three-star prospect…

  17. Faxes In: Max Redfield

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Max Redfield

    Notre Dame just reeled in their third five-star prospect of the day with the official signing of one-time USC commitment Max Redfield. The elite safety has added another intriguing weapon to the defensive arsenal. Let’s take a closer look at what Redfield brings to the table. MAX REDFIELD Mission Viejo, California Measureables: 6-foot-2, 181-pounds Accolades:…

  18. Faxes In: Cole Luke

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

    Cole Luke

    Notre Dame just made it official with one of the elite cornerbacks in the country, with Arizona’s Cole Luke sending in his letter-of-intent. Playing his high school ball for former Irish quarterback Steve Belles, the Irish held onto one of the West Coast’s premiere cover men. Let’s take a closer look at Luke. COLE LUKE…

  19. Faxes In: John Montelus

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:16 AM EDT

    John Montelus

    Lost in the flurry of action this morning, Brian Kelly accepted the signature of a recruit from his hometown of Everett, Massachusetts. Let’s see what the Irish are getting in blue-chipper John Montelus. JOHN MONTELUS Everett, Massachusetts Measureables: 6-foot-5, 314-pounds Accolades: First-team All State, Massachusetts Football Coaches Association. Four-star Rivals, 247 Impressive offers: LSU, Michigan,…

  20. Faxes In: Hunter Bivin

    Feb 6, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

    Hunter Bivin

    Notre Dame has officially added another blue-chip offensive line prospect to join Harry Hiestand’s troops. Let’s take a look at long-time commit Hunter Bivin. HUNTER BIVIN Owensboro, Kentucky Measureables: 6-foot-6, 290-pounds Accolades: First-team All-State AP and Louisville Courier-Journal. Four-star prospect, Rivals, ESPN and 247. Under Armor All-American. State Champion Shot Put. Impressive Offers: Auburn, Clemson,…