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  1. Shembo, Jackson and Jones selected on Day Three of NFL Draft

    May 11, 2014, 12:10 PM EST

    Prince Shembo

    Prince Shembo, Bennett Jackson and TJ Jones were all selected on the third day of the NFL Draft, making that eight former Notre Dame players selected in the 2014 draft. That’s the highest total in 20 years, when Lou Holtz’s squad produced 10 selections.

  2. Irish show well at the NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:40 PM EST

    USA TODAY

    Notre Dame had nine players at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. To a man, they all left town improving their proverbial draft stock. We’ve already touched on what the nine-man Irish contingency meant to the football program. Speed, strength and athleticism were on display by Irish prospects, with statistical gains under Paul Longo’s direction…

  3. Mayock talks about NFL Draft potential for Irish players

    Feb 19, 2014, 4:04 PM EST

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    Yesterday, Mike Mayock hosted a conference call with reporters to discuss NFL Draft prospects. The NFL Network draft analyst, who also calls Notre Dame football games with Dan Hicks, held a marathon conference call, a multi-hour event that showcased Mayock’s ridiculous knowledge base. Throughout the call, Mayock talked about various Notre Dame players that will…

  4. Five things we learned: Pitt 28, Notre Dame 21

    Nov 10, 2013, 2:57 AM EST

    Notre Dame v Pittsburgh

    After looking like a program that had gotten past the maddening inconsistencies of years gone by, Notre Dame’s 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh awoke all the wrong kinds of echoes on Saturday night. Done in by red zone mishaps and maddening inconsistency, the disappointing loss erased any hope for a BCS bid and ripped at scar…

  5. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Oct 5, 2013, 1:49 PM EST

    TJ Jones, Julian Wilson

    With Notre Dame in need of a rebound against an Arizona State team that looks a lot more dangerous than ever before, let’s run through ten Irish players that need to play well for Notre Dame to win in tonight’s primetime affair. Tommy Rees. No need to sugarcoat it. (And after reading the comments on recent…

  6. 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…

  7. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Sep 15, 2013, 7:03 PM EST

    DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen

    It was one bizarre Saturday of football, but in the end Notre Dame boarded the bus and headed back up Highway 31 with a 2-1 record, beating a game Purdue team that brought their best to the annual battle with the Irish. Let’s get down to business and take a look at the good, the…

  8. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24

    Sep 15, 2013, 1:32 AM EST

    Notre Dame v Purdue

    For those hoping that Notre Dame would use Saturday night as a sparring session against an outmanned Purdue team, it took just 12 plays to know that this wouldn’t be a cakewalk. Dreams of getting freshmen playing time and defenders stats by the bushel came crashing to a halt as Purdue took it to the…

  9. Offseason cheat sheet: Defensive backs

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

    Carlo Calabrese, KeiVarae Russell, Bennett Jackson

    When Brian Kelly took over the Notre Dame program, he was tasked with not just rebuilding the secondary, but reloading it. While he was lucky to inherit a front line of talented players, he was left with a depth chart that was frighteningly thin. No position better illustrated that than safety. When Jamoris Slaughter was injured…

  10. Video: Naming the captains

    Aug 23, 2013, 3:11 PM EST

    Bennett Jackson 2

    Here’s a great video from UND.com and the FIDM team as they released the behind-the-scenes footage of head coach Brian Kelly naming Bennett Jackson, TJ Jones and Zack Martin the 2013 team captains. It’s all part of the great footage being put together for the upcoming “Strong & True: Building Bonds,” which airs Saturday, August…

  11. Zack Martin, Bennett Jackson and TJ Jones named captains

    Aug 22, 2013, 3:28 PM EST

    Captains

    Brian Kelly announced the team’s captains today during his media day press conference, naming left tackle Zack Martin, cornerback Bennett Jackson and wide receiver TJ Jones the three official leaders of the team. Martin returns as captain, only the 18th player in school history to do so. It’s a well earned honor for Martin, who…

  12. Counting down the Irish: The top five

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:41 AM EST

    Notre Dame defensive players Tuitt, Nix III, and Te'O celebrate after breaking up a play in the fourth quarter during their win over USC in their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles

    For the past few years, the Irish haven’t been shy on leading men. Since we began this exercise before the 2010 season, there has always been a dynamic duo at the top of the Irish roster. Last season the choice was who to rank first among the returning All-American candidates, Manti Te’o on defense or…

  13. Irish defenders cover the watch lists

    Jul 9, 2013, 3:17 AM EST

    Notre Dame defensive players Tuitt, Nix III, and Te'O celebrate after breaking up a play in the fourth quarter during their win over USC in their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles

    If preseason accolades are any indication, don’t expect the Notre Dame defense to take a step backwards this season. Even without the most highly decorated defensive player in the school’s history, the preseason Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists are covered with Notre Dame defenders, a sign of elevated expectations for one of the most surprising…

  14. Breaking down 4-0: The Secondary

    Sep 26, 2012, 4:19 PM EST

    Carlo Calabrese, KeiVarae Russell, Bennett Jackson

    There was no bigger question mark on Notre Dame’s roster than the secondary. With first-round draft pick Harrison Smith gone and multi-year contributors Gary Gray and Robert Blanton exiting at cornerback, many believed that the Irish defense would only be as good as the replacements Bob Diaco and Kerry Cooks could find. OFF-SEASON PERSPECTIVE Preparing…

  15. Tuesdays with BK: Purdue edition

    Sep 4, 2012, 7:52 PM EST

    Everett Golson

    If you expected head coach Brian Kelly to be excited about Notre Dame jumping into both the AP and Coaches Poll at No. 22, you might be disappointed. When asked if it was something he paid attention to, Notre Dame’s head coach was pretty succinct. “White noise,” Kelly said. “White noise.” With in-state rival Purdue…

  16. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Jul 26, 2012, 4:57 PM EST

    Bennett Jackson 2

    RECOUNT UPDATE: If there was any question whether I’ve been out of the finance game too long, your fearless leader messed up his Excel spreadsheet and jacked up the rankings. This changes a few of the players we’ve tallied and puts Zeke Motta in at No. 25. My sincere apologies. *** Not surprisingly, the inclusion…

  17. Russell and Neal will get looks at cornerback

    Jun 28, 2012, 1:22 PM EST

    keivarae_russell

    There’s no question that Notre Dame lacks quality depth at cornerback heading into the season. Needing to replace both Robert Blanton and Gary Gray, the Irish will look to first year starter Bennett Jackson on the short-side of the field as Lo Wood and Josh Atkinson will take their competition for the field cornerback position…

  18. Junior Day nets another recruit as Rashad Kinlaw commits

    Mar 26, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

    Rashad Kinlaw

    It’s a recruiting weekend that just won’t stop giving. With a tidal wave of momentum still rolling, Notre Dame accepted the commitment of New Jersey athlete Rashad Kinlaw to the 2013 recruiting class. Kinlaw had offers from Iowa, Rutgers, Boston College, and North Carolina State, thanks to some electric performances at quarterback before suffering an…

  19. What to take from the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Robby Toma

    The 27,863 fans that paid to see the Blue-Gold game in person might be thawed out and dry by now. For the rest of you that either skipped the festivities or watched on TV, trying to quantify what you saw and reach some conclusions might be a little difficult. First, let’s cross off a few…

  20. Friday notes: Temple, recruiters, numbers and more

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As we mentioned a few days ago, Notre Dame and Temple have agreed to a three-game series, with the first game of the series coming in 2014 at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia. ““It’s been nearly 20 years since a Notre Dame football team has played in Philadelphia, so we’re excited about the opportunity to…

  21. Bennett Jackson moving to defensive back

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:29 AM EST

    Getty Images - Nick Laham

    Today the Irish recruiting class took a hit, with cornerback Bennett Okotcha reportedly switching his commitment from the Irish to Oklahoma after a weekend visit. But whether it was a reaction to the news or an already planned switch, the Irish responded with a fairly large cornerback commitment of their own — quite literally —…

  22. Floyd and Smith named captains for 2011

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:18 AM EST

    Harrison Smith

    Saturday’s Notre Dame Football Awards Show gave us plenty to discuss, but the headline was probably Brian Kelly naming Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith the captains of the 2011 Fighting Irish. For Smith, that means his application for a fifth year has been accepted. For Floyd, it’s a permanent accolade after being named game captain…

  23. Five Things We Learned: Notre Dame vs. Tulsa

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EST

    DeclanSullivan

    For those looking to bury Brian Kelly after nine games at Notre Dame, they were given the opportunity late in the fourth quarter. After calling a timeout with 42 seconds left, Kelly decided against putting the game on the leg of his field goal kicker David Ruffer, and instead bet on the arm of freshman…