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  1. Filling holes: Safety

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:36 PM EST

    Slaughter Utah

    Just a year after Harrison Smith played the role of ball hawk, the senior safety was snake-bit. Seven interceptions in 2010 had Irish fans thinking Notre Dame’s defense had a gold-glove center-fielder. But in 2011, while the defense had a more mature and comfortable Smith roaming the secondary, the interceptions just didn’t come. Smith had…

  2. Fifth year candidates begin to emerge

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:55 AM EST

    Dan McCarty

    News broke earlier in the week that walk-on special teams ace Chris Salvi was being rewarded with a scholarship. Now Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune has the list of fifth-year candidates that will go before the Faculty Board on Athletics for approval to return for next season. Hansen reports that six seniors are…

  3. 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…

  4. Badger weighing early return from Mormon mission

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:10 PM EST

    Chris Badger

    With the Irish’s depth at safety a question mark for the second straight year, Chris Badger, a Notre Dame safety that chose his Mormon mission before ever playing a down for the Irish, could be back in South Bend earlier than expected. Badger’s decision to walk away from the Irish after participating in spring practice…

  5. 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…