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  1. Robert Blanton and Darius Fleming selected in fifth round of NFL Draft

    Apr 28, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Robert Blanton

    Two more former Irish players had their names called in the NFL Draft today, with Robert Blanton and Darius Fleming getting selected in the fifth round of the draft. That makes four players selected from the 2011 squad, joining first-round picks Michael Floyd (#13) and Harrison Smith (#29). Blanton went with the 139th overall pick…

  2. Filling holes: Outside linebacker

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    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…

  3. After blue-chip recruitment, Fleming flying under NFL radar

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    It’ll be interesting to follow Darius Fleming‘s career after leaving South Bend. The graduating Irish linebacker, who came to Notre Dame with sky-high expectations, heads to Indianapolis with far less fanfare. After being one of the top recruits in the country, Fleming will need a solid evaluation season to even end up drafted. Many assumed…

  4. Tuesdays with BK: Jefferson Nightmare edition

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Air Force Notre Dame

    Goodbye Purdue. Hello Air Force. Brian Kelly met with the assembled media today and talked about wrapping up Purdue, prepping for Air Force, and getting ready for head coach Troy Calhoun and his very dangerous quarterback Tim Jefferson. If you’re curious what Kelly thinks about Jefferson and what he does to a defense, this quote…

  5. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Pitt

    A second viewing of Notre Dame’s 15-12 victory doesn’t add new perspective to Saturday’s win. The maddening inconsistencies that have plagued this football team still exist, rearing their ugly heads when you’d least expect it. Two turnovers, a missed field goal, and too many penalties all combine to give you a squad that has understandably…

  6. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 15, Pitt 12

    Sep 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Gang tackle Pitt

    The recipe for disaster was there. Eight penalties for 85 yards. Another lost turnover battle, 2-0. Drive killing mistakes. But Saturday turned out differently, with Notre Dame beating Pittsburgh 15-12 thanks to a great fourth quarter drive by Tommy Rees, who up until that point was held captive by a blitzing Panthers defense. It was…

  7. Pregame Six Pack: Prepping for Pitt

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:30 AM EDT

    What a difference a week makes. Irish fans didn’t quite know what to make of last weekend’s game: an annual rivalry, a game the Irish usually don’t fare well in, and Las Vegas somehow favoring Notre Dame by almost a touchdown even though they were the team with an 0-2 record and Michigan State was…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    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…

  9. Eleven for ’11: Keys for the Fighting Irish

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:34 AM EDT

    Dayne Crist

    Everybody knows Michael Floyd, Manti Te’o and Harrison Smith. While those three will likely have a large hand in determining Notre Dame’s fate, the Irish’s three All-American candidates can only do so much for a roster that’s finally at a full allotment of 85 scholarship players. As the No. 16 Irish get ready to kick…

  10. Outside the mold, Shembo thriving at OLB

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    While we haven’t actually seen Prince Shembo in action at outside linebacker, all reports from the coaching staff have the expectations for the 6-foot-2, 250-pound sophomore sky high. An interesting proposition, considering that Shembo likely wouldn’t have been on the roster if it were up to Brian Kelly and his coaching staff. “We weren’t really…

  11. Expectations rise for Darius Fleming

    Aug 12, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    USC30tlp,11-29-2008

    While the message sometimes finds itself hidden when Bob Diaco addresses the media, he made his opinion on the expectations he’s set for Darius Fleming quite clear. “What we’re interested in him being is one of the most productive players in the country,” Diaco said. “I’d like to see him have production to go along…

  12. Counting down the Irish: 10-6

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:55 AM EDT

    Fleming

    This is the fourth installment of “Counting down the Irish,” our annual ranking of the Top 25 players on Notre Dame’s roster. Click here for our ratings of players 25-21,  20-16, and 15-11. We’re into our top ten. It’s time to start looking at the players that are going to drive the Irish either into…

  13. Watch lists keep an eye on Irish standouts

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As the run up to the 2011 season continues, various postseason awards announced their preseason watch lists, a good starting point for spirited debate, if not a decent predictor as to who is going to win the award. Ten Irish players are named, with Manti Te’o and Michael Floyd leading the way with four and…

  14. Plays behind the line of scrimmage critical for Irish D

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:49 AM EDT

    Fleming

    There are plenty of good things you can say about Bob Diaco’s Fighting Irish defense from 2010. Playing in a new system with virtually the same guys that were part of a historically bad outfit, the unit grew to be one of the strengths of the team, playing sufficating football down the stretch as the…

  15. Pregame six pack: Your guide to the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:14 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As thousands of Irish fans descend on South Bend for the 82nd annual Blue-Gold game (and the first televised nationally — 2:00 p.m. ET on Versus — likely featuring yours truly), here are six tidbits, quick hits, fun facts or leftovers to get you ready for a Saturday of football. 1.Blue-Gold success isn’t necessarily an…

  16. Fleming set to lead Irish pass rush

    Apr 4, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Darius Fleming

    The expectations were high for Darius Fleming entering the 2010 season. The best pass-rusher on the Irish roster, he was set to enter a system that had a habit of turning good pass rushers into great pass rushers. (See Barwin, Connor for example.) While it’s hard to call a season where you lead your defense…

  17. A to Z: Your comprehensive spring breakdown

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    While the Irish were thrown a major curve ball with Michael Floyd’s arrest and indefinite suspension the weekend before spring practice was set to start, there’s plenty to be excited about as Brian Kelly kicked off the spring season for the Irish Tuesday with some opening comments. For those of you that’ve been away from…

  18. Is SI really jumping on the ND bandwagon?

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Kelly Sombrero

    Maybe it’s the dearth of college football news after a roller coaster Signing Day, but Stewart Mandel over at SI.com had an incredibly complimentary column about Brian Kelly’s recruiting class and how it could produce a “return to prominence.” (Apparently, SI is gun shy of using the ol’ “Return to Glory” slogan, too. Can’t say…

  19. Underachieving Irish seniors have their shot at redemption

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As he does every year around this time of year, Matt Hinton at his Dr. Saturday blog takes a comprehensive look at the “recruiting-industrial complex,” his way of supporting the “premium information” recruiting machine that drives a multi-million dollar industry and makes celebrities of teenage football players while turning grown up football fans like us…

  20. Diaco uses the obscure to teach defense

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Diaco

    There’s been a lot of talk on the internet about defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, who has seen his approval rating cover the entire spectrum throughout his first year as the head of the Notre Dame defense. The South Bend Tribune has a great article on the relationship between Diaco and his players, with linebacker Darius…

  21. Fleming’s improvement helps key defensive resurgence

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Fleming

    When the Irish opened the season, most pundits predicted that Darius Fleming, an undersized defensive end moving to the ‘Cat’ linebacker position, would be one of the players who’d benefit most from the change to Bob Diaco’s 3-4 defensive system. A quick look at the final regular season statistics shows that prediction to be correct,…