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  1. Smith, Stewart, Walls and Williams all find NFL homes

    Jul 26, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    After a much longer wait than anyone anticipated, four former Irish football players will have a chance to continue their careers in the NFL. Linebacker Brian Smith, guard Chris Stewart, cornerback Darrin Walls and nose tackle Ian Williams all agreed to rookie free agent contracts yesterday, the first day the NFL opened for business after…

  2. Pro Day highlights Rudolph, Williams and Walls

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    Darrin Walls

    We talked more about the NFL Draft last offseason when the Irish had Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate in the running for first round contention. But today a crop of Irish seniors worked out for NFL scouts, headlined by tight end Kyle Rudolph, who is fighting to be a first round draft pick as he…

  3. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 28, 2010, 2:26 AM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — In the end, the skies opened up and the streak finally ended. Rain swept through Los Angeles and washed the slate clean, as Notre Dame turned the tide on a woefully one-sided rivalry of late, holding on to beat Southern Cal 20-16 in rainy Los Angeles. After nearly a decade of lopsided…

  4. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Utah

    Nov 13, 2010, 9:07 PM EDT

    MFUtah

    It was an analogy Brian Kelly didn’t want to use, but football is a lot like the game of life. Ebb and flow. Highs and lows. Good and bad. And after three solid weeks of nothing but negativity, Kelly’s Notre Dame squad went out on Senior Day and summarily dispatched Utah 28-3 on Saturday afternoon.…

  5. Pregame Twelve Pack: Utah edition

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:59 AM EDT

    Tulsa v Notre Dame

    After a much needed week off, here comes another Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as the Irish prepare to play No. 14 Utah. 1. Let’s get it out of the way.  Michael Floyd isn’t talking about the NFL. Brian Kelly wouldn’t talk about it, and Michael Floyd won’t either,…

  6. Stepping up… The linebackers

    Feb 25, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    If it feels like beating a dead horse to say that the Irish defense played below expectations last year, I apologize. But trying to put the linebacker play into context is difficult, because each position grouping in a defense depends on the other. Without a great pass rush, the secondary looks bad. Without tight coverage,…