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  1. Projecting the freshmen

    Aug 15, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    A funny thing happens each winter. As the focus of hard core fans turns from football to recruiting, the attention of that group tends to shift from the players already on board to the inevitable recruits that tend to get away. Rare is the recruiting class that doesn’t suffer defections. And after a disappointing 8-5…

  2. Practice Report: A closer look at eleven-on-eleven

    Aug 14, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Practice Team

    Another day, another practice report. But if you wondered whether or not 2012 was going to be different than last season, look no further than the practice videos. With media access at practice scant, video access is some of the only looks at practice we’ll get until the Irish open up in Dublin. While…

  3. Navy update: Injuries and kicking woes trouble Midshipmen

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    Trey Miller Navy Ishaq Williams

    We’ll spend some time later this afternoon taking a look at Irish training camp updates, but until then, a few notes about Notre Dame’s first opponent caught my eye. Here’s a quick rundown on where Navy stands, with less than three weeks until they kick off the season against the Irish in Dublin. If Ken…

  4. What we’ve learned: Defense

    Aug 12, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt 1

    The Irish have Sunday off, wrapping up an eight-day stretch of practices for the Irish. After a quick look at the offensive players, let’s flip to the other side of the ball and run through everything that’s happening on the defense. DEFENSIVE LINE For appearances, it seems the Irish are locked in to their starting…

  5. What we’ve learned: Offense

    Aug 11, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    We’re roughly one week into fall camp, with the Irish finished with their first two-a-day practice on Friday. There’s been a little bit of everything so far: Injuries, departures, surprises, and position battles as camp gets under way. Let’s take a quick swing through the offensive position groupings and get everyone up to speed. QUARTERBACK:…

  6. Practice video: Over-analyzing everything edition

    Aug 9, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Romeo Okwara Diaco

    Our friends at have put out two new videos filled with practice footage from an eventful Wednesday session that gave an open look to the media and fans. There’s been thousands of words across the net dedicated to practice reports, but I figured I’d chime in with my own 1,300 or so and breakdown…

  7. Big personnel shakeup after first day in pads

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Alex Welch

    Jordan Prestwood leaving the football team yesterday was hardly the only big piece of personnel news. As the Irish donned pads for the first time in front of local media, Brian Kelly’s troops had a few big roster shakeups, two that could change the positional plans for the Irish. Most notable was a serious knee…

  8. Prestwood leaves team

    Aug 8, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

    Jordan Prestwood

    The first big news out of fall camp came today when Brian Kelly announced sophomore offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood has left the team. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound tackle from Plant City, Florida was slated to back up senior left tackle Zack Martin. “Jordan is no longer with us and I’m not able to get into the…

  9. Practice video: two-minute update

    Aug 8, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Theo Riddick Michigan State

    There hasn’t been much news out of the LaBar practice fields since the Irish opened training camp over the weekend. With Brian Kelly’s troops able to keep some secrecy around their offense with the battle between Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson, there hasn’t been much to see publicly as training camp ramps up. But that’s…

  10. Final season one last chance for Lewis-Moore

    Aug 7, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    KLM hit

    Kapron Lewis-Moore has come a long way since picking Notre Dame over five years ago. As a lanky 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Weatherford, Texas, Lewis-Moore was a recruit that came down to the wire, with the Irish being the last minute pick over hometown favorite Texas A&M. Before Irish fans ever knew Deontay Greenberry…

  11. Camp practice reports: Jump to conclusions edition

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Spring Practice

    Football is finally here. That means we get to overanalyze video, jump to conclusions, and see just how good a team can be in shorts and helmets, one of my favorite (honest, I love it) exercises of the year. Thankfully our friends at haven’t let us down, coming up with some spiffy new features…

  12. Irish add Will Fuller to 2013 recruiting class

    Aug 5, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT


    Just because fall camp has opened doesn’t mean the Notre Dame coaching staff has stopped recruiting. News broke early Sunday that the Irish welcomed the 19th pledge to their 2013 recruiting class, accepting the commitment of Philadelphia wide receiver Will Fuller. Fuller, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver, is rated the second best wide receiver in…

  13. Kelly: “I need to be a better head coach.”

    Aug 4, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

    Kelly, Martin, Elston

    It was a pretty good exchange after practice between Brian Kelly and a large assembly of media after Day One on the LaBar Practice Fields. While Kelly gave some early impressions on quarterbacks, freshmen, and this blogger’s dark-horse favorite for the season, possibly the best comments to come from Kelly were self-reflective. It’s no secret…

  14. Kelly kicks off 2012 season

    Aug 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly Purdue

    He already made a few waves during his radio comments last night, but Brian Kelly addressed the assembled media at Notre Dame today to discuss the start of the 2012 season. With so much still needing to play out during camp, Kelly was understandably hesitant to give too much coach-speak, but did have a few…

  15. And so it begins: BK talks 2012 season

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly podium

    Brian Kelly doesn’t officially kick off the 2012 football season until tomorrow, when his opening press conference takes place before the start of training camp. But that didn’t stop talk of the quarterbacking race from starting early. Joining WSBT’s Sportsbeat with Darin Pritchett and Eric Hansen, Kelly answered questions from fans all across the country…

  16. Irish 24th in preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    Notre Dame finds itself ranked 24th in the preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Irish slot in between SEC teams Florida (No. 23) and Auburn (No.25) and gathered 166 points in voting. LSU, Alabama, and USC are the top-three teams, with the Tigers garnering 18 first place votes, two less than the defending champs (20)…

  17. Counting down the Irish: The top five

    Aug 1, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    manti-teo getty images

    You could do a lot worse than the two players that topped every judges ballot. Both Manti Te’o and Tyler Eifert are consensus preseason All-Americans, and both will be the anchor of their respective units this season for the Irish. In Eifert, new offensive coordinator Chuck Martin has a weapon as versatile as any in…

  18. Rees, Calabrese suspended for season opener

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees BC

    The first significant news of the 2012 football season broke this afternoon, with the news that quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese will be suspended for the season opener against Navy in Dublin and will not travel with the team. Brian Hardin, Notre Dame’s sports information director for football, released the following statement via…

  19. Lynch applying for hardship waiver at USF

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Lynch USF

    As you’d expect, Notre Dame transfer Aaron Lynch is hoping to receive immediate eligibility at South Florida. The former freshman All-American provided the biggest news of the offseason when he walked away from the Irish in the middle of spring practice, quitting the team. He finished out the semester before enrolling at South Florida over…

  20. Counting down the Irish: 10-6

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    We’re heading down the stretch in our annual countdown of the Irish roster. If numbers 15 to 11 were all about bottled promise, 10-6 has a tried and true feel to it. After a youth movement was largely responsible for the upper echelon of this list, this group has a veteran feel to it. How…