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  1. Smith, Stewart, Walls and Williams all find NFL homes

    Jul 26, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    After a much longer wait than anyone anticipated, four former Irish football players will have a chance to continue their careers in the NFL. Linebacker Brian Smith, guard Chris Stewart, cornerback Darrin Walls and nose tackle Ian Williams all agreed to rookie free agent contracts yesterday, the first day the NFL opened for business after…

  2. Draft snub fueling Williams’ drive to the NFL

    May 5, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

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    In a story nobody thought he’d be writing, Ian Williams reflected on getting passed up in last weekend’s NFL Draft. Williams, who some had pegged as a second rounder early in the year, expected to go somewhere between the third and fifth round of the draft. Instead, he’s weighing his options back in South Bend,…

  3. Williams talks Blue-Gold, NFL Draft

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

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    What would we do without Ian Williams? As much as I’m ready to banish the idea of Todd McShay and Mel Kiper from my head, the upcoming NFL Draft means more weekly musings from Williams as he prepares for the NFL Draft at the South Bend Tribune. Since you guys should just go over there…

  4. Pro Day highlights Rudolph, Williams and Walls

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    Darrin Walls

    We talked more about the NFL Draft last offseason when the Irish had Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate in the running for first round contention. But today a crop of Irish seniors worked out for NFL scouts, headlined by tight end Kyle Rudolph, who is fighting to be a first round draft pick as he…

  5. Ian Williams talks Draft, Michael Floyd

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    I’ve mentioned Ian Williams’ draft diary at the South Bend Tribune before, but you really should be checking out his updates as he preps for the upcoming NFL Draft. This week, Ian checks in as he works on getting his 40-yard dash time down, where I’m guessing he’s trying to find a way to clock…

  6. Ian Williams talks draft, Rudy, Te’o and Floyd

    Mar 20, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

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    In his running diary at the South Bend Tribune, Notre Dame nose guard Ian Williams had a great post about the NFL lockout, the upcoming draft, and former teammates Kyle Rudolph, Manti Te’o, and Michael Floyd. As Williams returns to campus to finish his classes before May graduation, he talks about balancing his preparations for…

  7. Floyd and Smith named captains for 2011

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Harrison Smith

    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…

  8. Irish notes: Combine, injuries and recruiting

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

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    Before we start digging into the season that was, I wanted to clear a few little notes off the desk. The first is that running back Armando Allen and defensive tackle Ian Williams were the only two Irish football players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. (Obviously, that would change if either Michael Floyd or…

  9. Pregame Twelve Pack: Sun Bowl edition

    Dec 30, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    HughesUSC

    We get teary-eyed just thinking that this could be the last of these monsters for nine months. But before we crack a cold one to celebrate (ice pack for my hands, that is), here are twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as the Irish prepare to play Miami at the Sun Bowl in…

  10. Williams back to healthy as Irish prep for bowl

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Brian Kelly is discussing all things Irish and Sun Bowl this morning, but the biggest news (other than the Irish going to El Paso) to break this weekend is that Ian Williams has pronounced himself 100 percent healthy and will be fully available for the bowl game. “I think I’m 100 percent right now,” Williams…

  11. How we got here: Injuries

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:48 AM EDT

    CristKyleCrutch

    There’s a tricky line to draw when you write about injuries. They are a certainty in football (not unlike death and taxes off the field), but there is also a line where you’ve got to take injuries into account when adjusting your expectations for a team’s ability to perform. There’s a school of thought that…

  12. Report: Ian Williams has torn MCL

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Both Joe Schad of ESPN and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune are reporting that Ian Williams has a torn MCL and will miss approximately 4-6 weeks, putting his availability for the rest of the regular season in doubt. While the loss is undoubtedly a killer for an Irish defense that just played its worst…

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

    Oct 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Teich

    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…

  14. Pregame Twelve Pack: Navy Edition

    Oct 22, 2010, 3:01 AM EDT

    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…