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  1. Counting down the Irish: Others receiving votes

    Aug 4, 2014, 1:35 PM EST

    Notre Dame v Air Force

    As we roll out this year’s rankings, it’s worth putting up a special post just for the players who just missed being ranked in our final composite ranking. With depth on this roster significant, and several unknown quantities expected to play big roles, quite a few players left off the Top 25 list will likely be a big contributor this season.

  2. Irish A-to-Z: Ben Councell

    Jun 25, 2014, 2:25 PM EST

    Navy v Notre Dame

    Ben Councell was a perfect fit for Bob Diaco’s 3-4 scheme at outside linebacker. Where does he fit in now under Brian VanGorder? We continue our tour through the Irish roster looking at the senior linebacker who is coming off a major knee injury.

  3. Irish getting healthy in time for spring

    Jan 31, 2014, 7:27 PM EST

    Baratti

    While Signing Day is the focus right now, the start of spring practice is just over a month away, with the Irish beginning drills on March 3rd, their earliest start in the Brian Kelly era. And while the Irish head coach was meeting the local media to introduce his new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach,…

  4. Blitzes and pressure a two-way street

    Sep 17, 2013, 9:27 PM EST

    Stephon Tuitt

    If Stephon Tuitt was still wondering, life is more difficult being on everybody’s All-American list. A season after exploding onto the scene with 12 sacks during his breakout sophomore campaign, Tuitt has found out that it’s much tougher to impact games when he’s one of the main targets in an opponents scouting report. For those…

  5. Offseason cheat sheet: Linebackers

    Aug 30, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

    dan-fox-full

    While the linebacking corps might be best known for the player that departed, the Irish should be very strong both inside and out even without All-American Manti Te’o roaming the field. Head coach Brian Kelly has talked quite a bit about the type of teammate and leader the Irish need to replace in Te’o, but…

  6. Practice Report: Day Thirteen update

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

    Stephon Tuitt 1

    Apologies on falling behind a day with the practice reports. (If you didn’t notice, simply carry on…) As the Irish defense deals with the voluntary departure of one of the team’s most talented players, in seasons past, this could have been a death sentence. Yet the loss Aaron Lynch has overshadowed a lot of the…

  7. Filling holes: Outside linebacker

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:38 AM EST

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    As spring practice approaches, the Irish coaching staff will be tasked with replacing some valuable senior contributors. All in, the Irish lost ten starters from their opening day lineup against South Florida. While youthful depth developed throughout last season will undoubtedly help ease that blow, there’s no doubt that this spring will be used to…

  8. Signing Day 2011: Big Skill

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Ishaq_Williams

    Most coaching staffs spend time identifying where recruits will play on the field before making a decision on their future. Not to say that isn’t the case for Brian Kelly and his staff, but Kelly has refined his approach to recruiting high school athletes and put position secondary, instead focusing on three subsets of players:…

  9. Faxes in: Councell, Farley, Hanratty, Hardy, Hounshell, Koyack and Springmann

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:21 AM EST

    Courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times

    It’s safe to say that the weather isn’t making things any easier for the Notre Dame coaching staff this morning, adding one final road block to the recruiting process. As faxes began streaming into the football offices at The Gug, a missing compliance officer unable to get through the massive snow storm that descended on…

  10. All-star games help Irish recruits raise stock

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times

    If there’s a familiar complaint amongst Irish fans, it’s that once a recruit commits to Notre Dame, his ever-important “star-ranking” seems to drop. Whether its true or not isn’t important (and really, who cares after they sign on the dotted line), but one thing is for certain — that’s not the case this year. After…

  11. Councell, Golson thrive in Shrine Bowl

    Dec 19, 2010, 1:27 PM EST

    Courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times

    The game didn’t seem to be much of a contest, but two Irish prospects stood out during the annual Shrine Bowl, where South Carolina beat-up on North Carolina 42-10 in Spartanburg, South Carolina yesterday. Both quarterback Everett Golson and outside linebacker Ben Councell played good football during the game, but more importantly, impressed during a…

  12. Irish take momentum onto recruiting trail

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:29 PM EST

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    After an undefeated November, the Irish coaching staff hit the recruiting trail, and it isn’t hard to see the difference between spending the season’s final month building momentum versus the tailspin of the last two years. The commitments of Cam McDaniel and Everett Golson this week help illustrate how important stability at the top of…