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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. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Sep 7, 2013, 12:34 PM EST

    Louis Nix III

    Ann Arbor is abuzz with tailgates set and thousands migrating towards the Big House. In a game and grudge match that feels mighty personal, let’s run through some final thoughts before kickoff. At this point, we’ve beaten some of the match-ups to death, so here are ten key players that need to step up for…

  3. 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…

  4. Five things we’ll learn: The season is finally upon us

    Aug 26, 2013, 2:49 AM EST

    Notre Dame team

    Within ten minutes of reaching the top of the college football mountain, Notre Dame fans had to feel like Sisyphus. After watching their beloved Irish vanquish a boulder carrying the burdens of tradition, unfulfilled expectations, and the final shouts of irrelevancy at the BCS National Championship game, the honeymoon lasted just minutes before the Crimson…

  5. Counting down the Irish: 15-11

    Jul 17, 2013, 11:02 AM EST

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    If the first five members of this list represented talented newcomers and untapped potential, the next five members of this group is filled with veterans ready to step into the spotlight. To take a snapshot of the first ten names on our Top 25 list gives you a nice look at how this team’s roster…

  6. Other spring headlines (and Lynch Practices!)

    Apr 11, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

    Atkinson Jackson track

    Rest easy, Irish fans. Aaron Lynch practiced with the Irish today. If everything we could possibly talk about wasn’t discussed here or here, well — feel free to fill the comments here or take to the message-boards with your thoughts. We’re moving on to other interesting topics. *** George Atkinson spent Easter weekend in Palo…

  7. Tuesdays with BK: Purdue edition

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:44 AM EST

    brian-kelly-michigan

    Okay, people — who’s ready to turn the corner from bickering about a quarterback controversy that only exists in the hearts and minds of Irish fans? (This guy!) While there will be plenty of time for us to keep picking away at the play behind center, Brian Kelly and the Irish continued to trudge forward,…

  8. Fox edges Calabrese at LB, Slaughter over Motta at FS

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:03 AM EST

    Jamoris Slaughter

    While the news didn’t trend on Twitter like Dayne Crist did nationally this afternoon (another example of Notre Dame’s irrelevance in college football I guess), one surprise in Brian Kelly‘s press conference was that junior Dan Fox unseated Carlo Calabrese as the starting Will linebacker next to Manti Te’o. Calabrese spent the lion’s share of…

  9. 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…

  10. Spring practice heads for the home stretch

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:29 PM EST

    david-ruffer11149

    With the Blue-Gold game set for this Saturday, Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish are down to their final four football sessions until preseason camp in August. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the battles that caught our interest: At ‘Dog’ linebacker, it’s a two-man race, with sophomores Prince Shembo and Danny…

  11. Weekend notes: Floyd, QBs (present and future), and more

    Apr 8, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Let’s tackle one of the more interesting tidbits first. It’s expected that Michael Floyd will be meeting with ResLife this afternoon to ultimately determine his university punishment for his drunk-driving arrest that happened in mid-March, just before spring football practice was set to start. Floyd’s been on indefinite suspension from all football activities, missing the…

  12. Depth and skill building as spring continues

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:24 PM EST

    Kelly depth

    It was evident in Brian Kelly’s opening comments this spring. The depth chart would continue to deepen on the Irish roster and building his players’ skill-set was a priority in his second spring as Notre Dame’s football coach. “Year two, it’s really going to be about skill development for our players,” Kelly said as he…

  13. Stepping up… The linebackers

    Feb 25, 2010, 1:36 PM EST

    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,…