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  1. Harrison Smith goes 29th overall to Minnesota Vikings

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

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    After a first round drought in the NFL Draft, the Irish had two players selected in the first round, with Harrison Smith joining Michael Floyd as first round draft picks. The Irish safety was selected 29th overall by the Minnesota Vikings, who traded up to take Smith. He was the second safety selected in the…

  2. Filling holes: Safety

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. Harrison Smith’s long journey

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    He’s a guy that seems like he’s been a part of the Irish football program forever. And for most of that time, Harrison Smith seemed to be in the doghouse. But before all the Irish angst, Smith was a blue-chip prospect. With offers from schools like Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama, Smith wasn’t the kind of…

  6. Help wanted: All options being explored on punt returns

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

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    Being ranked 101st in the nation is never a good thing. But that’s what the Irish got out of their punt return unit, the weakest special teams grouping under Mike Elston’s watch. Notre Dame failed to create anything in the return game, with Armando Allen’s 38-yard return in the season opener against Purdue the only…

  7. Counting down the Irish: Analyzing the top five

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    This is the sixth 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, 15-11, 10-6, and 5-1. The list is out. And thanks to our team of panelists, here’s the Top 25 players on the Notre Dame…

  8. Counting down the Irish: The top five

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    This is the fifth 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, 15-11, and 10-6.  It’s time to roll out our top five. As always, it’s been a fun exercise filled with different opinions, colorful comments,…

  9. Watch lists keep an eye on Irish standouts

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  10. After filling front seven, Irish looking for DBs

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

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    Brian Kelly essentially called his shot back on his first Signing Day, identifying defensive end and the edge of the defense as areas his staff needed to target and fill in the upcoming recruiting class. Last Saturday’s Blue-Gold game already showed us the early returns, with Aaron Lynch and Ishaq Williams immediately competing for playing…

  11. Spring practice heads for the home stretch

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

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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…

  12. Friday notes: Kiel, juniors, camps and more

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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    Before we kick-off the notes portion of the show, I wanted to give a quick apology if it’s been a little up-and-down here the past week or two. I’m trying to get my off-season legs under me, and a lot of the work I’m doing for the website isn’t quite ready for broadcast. If you’re…

  13. Six players officially applying for fifth year

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. Floyd and Smith named captains for 2011

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

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    Saturday’s Notre Dame Football Awards Show gave us plenty to discuss, but the headline was probably Brian Kelly naming Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith the captains of the 2011 Fighting Irish. For Smith, that means his application for a fifth year has been accepted. For Floyd, it’s a permanent accolade after being named game captain…

  15. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Miami

    Dec 31, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Irish fans have heard this story before. Two storied programs come into a bowl game with millions of eyes watching. One walks out a shell of its former self. The other, with sky-high expectations for next season after an impressive performance. Only this time, it’s Irish fans buzzing with excitement after their team took another…

  16. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 28, 2010, 2:26 AM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — In the end, the skies opened up and the streak finally ended. Rain swept through Los Angeles and washed the slate clean, as Notre Dame turned the tide on a woefully one-sided rivalry of late, holding on to beat Southern Cal 20-16 in rainy Los Angeles. After nearly a decade of lopsided…

  17. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

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    With the Notre Dame offense unable to play their top three receiving threats and with running back Armando Allen well below 100 percent, it’s not a complete surprise that the Irish offense struggled against Navy’s bend, but not break, defense. What is a surprise is the complete collapse of the Irish defense, which was absolutely…

  18. Stepping up… The Secondary

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    If you missed our first two installments of “Stepping Up,” where we talked about the offensive line and the wide receivers, be sure to check them out. It wasn’t hard to identify the secondary as a massive problem area last season. A perceived area of strength going into the season, the Irish defensive backs were…