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  1. David Ruffer: Rudy 2.0

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:29 PM EST

    David Ruffer

    Last year, David Ruffer went from anonymous walk-on to Lou Groza Award finalist, one of the more amazing stories in the college football world. After working his way into Notre Dame after getting rejected out of high school, Ruffer was discovered kicking in a interhall football game by the coaching staff. The rest is… well,…

  2. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 16, Boston College 14

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:09 PM EST

    Jonas Gray Michael Floyd

    Senior Day will always be bittersweet. But Saturday’s home finale was also cruel, with the Irish’s 16-14 victory over Boston College overshadowed by the loss of senior running back Jonas Gray. Gray — one of the great surprises of the 2011 season, coming from nowhere to becoming the Irish’s most dangerous rusher — was tackled…

  3. Floyd, Eifert named Biletnikoff, Mackey semifinalists

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Floyd Navy

    Both Michael Floyd and Tyler Eifert have been named semifinalists for positional awards, with Floyd among ten semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award and Eifert among eight for the Mackey Award. In alphabetical order, here are the ten semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top college receiver: Keenan Allen, Cal Justin Blackmon,…

  4. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 45, Maryland 21

    Nov 13, 2011, 1:24 AM EST

    Shamrocks Shake

    In case you didn’t know, Notre Dame’s trip to the nation’s capital had nothing to do about football. Just ask athletic director Jack Swarbrick. “In many ways the motivation for all this has virtually nothing to do with football,” Swarbrick said. “What we want to do is expose more people to Notre Dame. With two…

  5. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 38, Purdue 10

    Oct 2, 2011, 2:04 AM EST

    Cierre Wood

    It took roughly 30 seconds to realize that this Saturday might be slightly different for the Irish. Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush locked onto a crossing route on the game’s first play from scrimmage. He failed to see Gary Gray (let alone Harrison Smith) who locked onto TerBush’s ill-fated throw. Gray stepped in front of the…

  6. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. USF

    Sep 4, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    Tommy Rees USF

    In the end, the final score is all that matters. South Florida 23, Notre Dame 20. But the Cliff Notes version of this game wouldn’t begin to tell the whole story, and while there’s plenty of bellyaching around ND Nation today, there’s only one single-sentence argument that I’ll listen to if you’re pinning this game…

  7. Counting down the Irish: 10-6

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:55 AM EST

    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…

  8. Watch lists keep an eye on Irish standouts

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    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…

  9. Six players officially applying for fifth year

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:04 PM EST

    Harrison Smith

    After weeks of guesswork and number-crunching, Notre Dame announced the members of the football team that will officially apply for a fifth year of school. The six members of the roster are: Harrison Smith, Safety Gary Gray, Cornerback David Ruffer, Kicker Taylor Dever, Tackle Andrew Nuss, Guard Mike Ragone, Tight End We already knew that…

  10. Ruffer, QBs, Riddick and Floyd: Kelly recaps Year One

    Jan 22, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    Brian Kelly - vs. Michigan

    In between crisscrossing the country reeling in recruits, Brian Kelly returned to South Bend for an important recruiting weekend and the year-end 2010 Football Awards Show. He also took a few minutes to recap season one with the media. (If you’d like to see the entire thing, our friends at UND.com have you covered.) As…

  11. Friday notes: Tuitt, Diaco’s D, Recruiting and more

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    Gary Gray Robert Blanton

    There’s plenty we can talk about, so let’s get it all out there as we enter the final days of the 2011 recruiting season. (Meanwhile in Ann Arbor, new head coach Brady Hoke has  a semi-vacant coaching staff and only 11 commitments, with some hanging by a thread…) Bravo to Pete Sampson at IrishIllustrated.com for…

  12. Te’o, Ruffer named second team All-Americans

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:09 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Two Irish players were named to Sports Illustrated’s All-American teams, with linebacker Manti Te’o and kicker David Ruffer both named to the second team. (This is the part of the entry where I apologize for the funky formatting of this post and also wonder what the All-American team would’ve looked like with Kyle Rudolph and…

  13. Pregame Twelve Pack: A Trojan finale

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:32 AM EST

    Michael-Floyd

    We’re already here. The regular season finale is upon us as the Irish prepare to face off with their nemesis, the USC Trojans. As always, here are twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as the Irish prepare to play USC at the Coliseum in primetime. 1. After two seasons on the shelf, Michael…

  14. Ruffer one of three finalists for Groza Award

    Nov 22, 2010, 7:02 PM EST

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    If you’d like to make comparisons to other sports, consider David Ruffer the little school that just cut down the nets on its way to the Final Four, only in this case it’s only a final three. Ruffer, Notre Dame’s senior placekicker, was named one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, given to…

  15. Five Things We Learned: Notre Dame vs. Tulsa

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EST

    DeclanSullivan

    For those looking to bury Brian Kelly after nine games at Notre Dame, they were given the opportunity late in the fourth quarter. After calling a timeout with 42 seconds left, Kelly decided against putting the game on the leg of his field goal kicker David Ruffer, and instead bet on the arm of freshman…

  16. Pregame Twelve Pack: Navy Edition

    Oct 22, 2010, 3:01 AM EST

    Crist

    Bring on another Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Navy game in the new Meadowlands. 1. Want a key to victory? Irish need to win the turnover battle. Even though the Irish have won the yardage and first down battle in the last three games…