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Danny Spond

  1. Danny Spond’s rise above adversity

    Nov 23, 2013, 5:24 PM EST

    Danny Spond

    In case you missed it, the NBC pregame show had a wonderful feature on Danny Spond, giving you a window into the life of the senior linebacker, who has had to transition from the starting lineup to life after football because of severe migraine headaches. Spond rise about adversity has been one of the very…

  2. Spond talks about the decision to walk away from football

    Sep 26, 2013, 4:51 PM EST

    Danny Spond

    Notre Dame lost outside linebacker Danny Spond during fall camp after recurring issues with severe migraine headaches forced the senior to make the difficult to decision to walk away from the game. Spond had never suffered from migraines until he had one so debilitating that he suffered stroke-like symptoms last year during fall camp. After…

  3. Offseason cheat sheet: Linebackers

    Aug 30, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

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    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. Spond discusses retirement due to hemiplegic migraines

    Aug 20, 2013, 8:48 PM EST

    Danny Spond

    A year after being hospitalized from the same ailment during preseason camp, Notre Dame linebacker Danny Spond has been forced to walk away from football because of hemiplegic migraines. After missing last season’s two opening games as medical experts tried to diagnose Spond’s mysterious ailment, another bout with the crippling headaches during fall camp ended…

  5. Injuries end Danny Spond’s career

    Aug 17, 2013, 9:52 PM EST

    BYU v Notre Dame

    Sad news out of South Bend today, as senior linebacker Danny Spond announced that he’s retiring from football due to injuries. Multiple sources have told me that concussions have ended the career of the versatile 6-foot-2, 248-pound linebacker from Littleton, Colorado. (After discussing Spond’s retirement with someone inside the program, the story has been adjusted.…

  6. 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…

  7. Ten players, ten reasons: Danny Spond

    Dec 26, 2012, 9:22 PM EST

    BYU v Notre Dame

    The second in a series on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to a national title game. For more, see part one on Zeke Motta. It’s a story that’s been told, but certainly one that bears repeating. Danny Spond thought his football career was over. In August, the junior linebacker, the…

  8. Big personnel shakeup after first day in pads

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

    Alex Welch

    Jordan Prestwood leaving the football team yesterday was hardly the only big piece of personnel news. As the Irish donned pads for the first time in front of local media, Brian Kelly’s troops had a few big roster shakeups, two that could change the positional plans for the Irish. Most notable was a serious knee…

  9. Practice Report: Day Thirteen update

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

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    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…

  10. 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…

  11. Pregame Six Pack: Primetime at Purdue

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:14 AM EST

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    Four down, eight to go. After digging themselves into an improbable 0-2 hole, the Irish are ready to push their way above .500, a long slog back after two really disheartening losses. They’ll have their chance to do it in primetime Saturday night, with the Irish and Boilermakers kicking off at Rose-Ade Stadium at 8:00…

  12. Spartan notes: Diaco, Cousins, Narduzzi, and more

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:18 PM EST

    Capital One Bowl - Alabama v Michigan State

    Sometimes you just need to get a column out there, and purge some of the fun facts you’ve been storing up for the week. After spending a lot of time watching and re-watching last Saturday’s debacle, getting up to speed on the Spartans, and reassessing where this team is, you tend to forget that just…

  13. Spond and Shembo: The year of the Dog (linebacker)

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    Think back to last summer. Notre Dame fans hypothesized what the Irish defense would look like as it shifted back to a 3-4 alignment.  One position Notre Dame fans felt fairly confident about was outside linebacker. On one side, Darius Fleming, one of the Irish’s top defenders, was going back to a position that fit…

  14. Five things we learned: The 82nd Blue-Gold game

    Apr 16, 2011, 6:44 PM EST

    Aaron Lynch Blue Gold

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The good news? Notre Dame won, with the Gold beating the Blue 17-14. The better news? Nobody got hurt. The best news? The kids are going to be alright. If you were looking to draw conclusions after the spring game, you might be out of luck. Like last year, the Irish…

  15. Spring practice heads for the home stretch

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:29 PM EST

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    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…

  16. 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…

  17. Spond appears ready for spotlight

    Apr 3, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

    Danny Spond

    From the day Danny Spond arrived on campus, it was clear that he had an admirer that held quite a bit of influence. Last August, when Spond was merely known as one of the five high school quarterbacks Brian Kelly brought in as recruits, he made his first serious blip on the radar, with the…