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Ishaq Williams

  1. Door potentially open for Ishaq Williams to return in 2015

    Oct 14, 2014, 2:14 PM EST

    USC v Notre Dame

    While the news of DaVaris Daniels’ departure broke just minutes before Brian Kelly was set to hit the podium, the Irish head coach gave a significant update on his five suspended players during his Tuesday afternoon comments. Defensive end Ishaq Williams told his head coach that he wouldn’t play during the 2014 season. But Kelly left the door open that Williams might return and finish his eligibility in 2015.

  2. With academic probe complete, Notre Dame releases statement, but not fate of players

    Oct 5, 2014, 7:27 PM EST

    Rev. John Jenkins,Jack Swarbrick

    With Notre Dame’s academic investigation closed and the Honor Code committee meetings completed as of Friday, the fate of football players DaVaris Daniels, Eilar Hardy, Kendall Moore, KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams will be determined sometime next week. But for those expecting some gigantic statement out of the university, it’s not happening.

  3. Irish A-to-Z: Ishaq Williams

    Aug 28, 2014, 7:42 PM EST

    USC v Notre Dame

    The look of Notre Dame’s defensive line changed drastically when senior Ishaq Williams was suspended indefinitely for his role in the academic dishonesty case now pending at the university level. Irish A-to-Z takes a closer look at the one-time five-star recruit.

  4. Kelly: Resolution on academic suspensions coming soon

    Aug 28, 2014, 11:52 AM EST

    DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen

    Brian Kelly appeared on the Dan Patrick show this morning and shed some light on the academic investigation that’s holding out DaVaris Daniels, Kendall Moore, KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams.

  5. With all eyes watching, a dig for truth begins at Notre Dame

    Aug 15, 2014, 9:29 PM EST

    Rev. John Jenkins,Jack Swarbrick

    The college football world stared at Notre Dame on Friday. Some snickered as they hoped to see smoke and fire emerge from the Golden Dome. Irish fans braced for impact, with even the most level-headed dreading impending doom, with things getting worse by the minute as Notre Dame brass stayed silent.

  6. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Aug 6, 2014, 11:14 AM EST

    USC v Notre Dame

    After presenting our first five players on the countdown, we move on to another group of players with high expectations. And while four others will certainly draw attention, we come to our annual exercise on evaluating the promise of Ishaq Williams.

  7. Under Pressure: Where will the Irish find their pass rush?

    Apr 25, 2014, 1:57 PM EST

    US Presswire

    Notre Dame’s new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder built his defense around pressure and aggression. Now who is going to provide it?

  8. Spring brings new challenges to Elston and defensive line

    Apr 3, 2014, 1:44 PM EST

    Mike Elston

    Tasked with installing a new system and replacing potential first round draft picks Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt, Mike Elston has a lot on his plate this spring. Made available to the media on Wednesday, Elston gave us a progress report.

  9. Blitzes and pressure a two-way street

    Sep 17, 2013, 9:27 PM EST

    Stephon Tuitt

    If Stephon Tuitt was still wondering, life is more difficult being on everybody’s All-American list. A season after exploding onto the scene with 12 sacks during his breakout sophomore campaign, Tuitt has found out that it’s much tougher to impact games when he’s one of the main targets in an opponents scouting report. For those…

  10. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Sep 7, 2013, 12:34 PM EST

    Louis Nix III

    Ann Arbor is abuzz with tailgates set and thousands migrating towards the Big House. In a game and grudge match that feels mighty personal, let’s run through some final thoughts before kickoff. At this point, we’ve beaten some of the match-ups to death, so here are ten key players that need to step up for…

  11. Offseason cheat sheet: Linebackers

    Aug 30, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

    dan-fox-full

    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…

  12. Counting down the Irish: 25-21

    Jul 15, 2013, 10:07 AM EST

    Matt Cashore

    As we look at the first installment of our annual Top 25 list, it’s a reminder that Brian Kelly knows how to recruit. While we’ve trudged through this topic more than once, one of the biggest concerns after Kelly’s hiring was his ability to recruit against the power programs in college football. Succeeding only at…

  13. Counting down the Irish: 15-11

    Jul 27, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Atkinson 3

    Now that we’ve got our math mistakes cleaned up, let’s get back to some analysis of the Top 25 so far. The inclusion of Zeke Motta at No. 25 makes plenty of sense, and if there’s a breakout senior waiting to make his name, Motta is a pretty good candidate. Playing in the shadow of…

  14. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Jul 26, 2012, 4:57 PM EST

    Bennett Jackson 2

    RECOUNT UPDATE: If there was any question whether I’ve been out of the finance game too long, your fearless leader messed up his Excel spreadsheet and jacked up the rankings. This changes a few of the players we’ve tallied and puts Zeke Motta in at No. 25. My sincere apologies. *** Not surprisingly, the inclusion…

  15. Weekend notes: Shembo, Hiestand, Heuerman, and more

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:21 PM EST

    ishaq-williams-numbers-full

    Brian Kelly met with the media after practice today, with the biggest piece of news being an injury to linebacker Prince Shembo. Spotted wearing a boot on his left foot, Kelly didn’t seem overly concerned about a slight case of turf toe, which will keep him off the field for a handful of days. An…

  16. 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…

  17. Pregame Six Pack: Running with the Bulls

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Are you talked out yet? Between Charlie Brown, Eleven for ’11, USF previews, and a nice little sprinkling of recruiting news, it’s been a busy week. As we finally complete our crawl to Friday, the pregame heat has been turned up. Literally. It feels like someone left the oven open in the Midwest, and as…

  18. Handicapping playing time for the freshman

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:14 PM EST

    Aaron Lynch Blue Gold

    Armed with a full 85-man roster and a depth chart that’s finally representative of a top 25 college football program, Brian Kelly and the Irish have the luxury of not needing to force freshmen into the lineup this season. That certainly wasn’t the case for the Irish last year, where Kelly opened the season with…

  19. 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…

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

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:14 AM EST

    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…

  21. A to Z: Your comprehensive spring breakdown

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    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…

  22. Friday notes: Temple, recruiters, numbers and more

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As we mentioned a few days ago, Notre Dame and Temple have agreed to a three-game series, with the first game of the series coming in 2014 at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia. ““It’s been nearly 20 years since a Notre Dame football team has played in Philadelphia, so we’re excited about the opportunity to…

  23. Is SI really jumping on the ND bandwagon?

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    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…

  24. Signing Day 2011: Big Skill

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Ishaq_Williams

    Most coaching staffs spend time identifying where recruits will play on the field before making a decision on their future. Not to say that isn’t the case for Brian Kelly and his staff, but Kelly has refined his approach to recruiting high school athletes and put position secondary, instead focusing on three subsets of players:…

  25. All-star games help Irish recruits raise stock

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times

    If there’s a familiar complaint amongst Irish fans, it’s that once a recruit commits to Notre Dame, his ever-important “star-ranking” seems to drop. Whether its true or not isn’t important (and really, who cares after they sign on the dotted line), but one thing is for certain — that’s not the case this year. After…