Mar 6, 2015, 3:08 PM EDT
A position group that started last spring as one of the biggest question marks on the defense enters spring practice with the chance to be the most talented unit on the field.
Jan 2, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT
With an unexpected eighth win in the Music City Bowl, we can officially close the book on 2014. Let’s do the same with our final grades for the 2014 Fighting Irish.
Dec 18, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT
Sophomores Jaylon Smith and Will Fuller have earned more kudos than just their defensive and offensive player of the year Echoes. Both have received mention for year-end All-American awards.
Dec 15, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT
This August, a group of people who spend way too much time watching and writing about Notre Dame football got together to put together some preseason rankings on the roster. In doing so, we (I’m definitely included) put in writing what so many of you (especially in the comments) already thought was true: We don’t know what we’re talking about sometimes.
Nov 22, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT
Kyle Brindza stared down his spot. Envisioned making the kick. Took a final deep breath before waiting for the snap.
And then he missed it.
Oct 4, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT
Anatomy of a soul-crushing defeat: Back-breaking turnovers. Missed scoring opportunities. Wasted performances. The Irish looked like they had put together the perfect recipe for a painful loss through 57 rain-soaked, wind-swept minutes in Notre Dame Stadium. But Everett Golson and the Irish offense rallied for a game-winning touchdown drive, helping the Irish pull off a wild 17-14 victory over Stanford Saturday afternoon.
Sep 8, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT
During the postgame interviews, it was hard for players to hide the joy they were feeling. For a team that’s struggled to beat Michigan in the past, the 31-0 victory certainly earned the Irish every minute of the 24 hours they planned to celebrate.
Aug 24, 2014, 9:34 AM EDT
We are about to get an idea of how good sophomore Jaylon Smith can truly be. Irish A-to-Z continues with a look at Notre Dame’s star linebacker.
Aug 11, 2014, 10:34 AM EDT
Our annual exercise is over and the result is a Top Five that was as close to consensus as possible. On a roster with unproven talent and unprecedented depth, part of what makes this list interesting and fun is that I put zero qualifications on the logic used to rank players. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.
Jul 8, 2014, 8:39 AM EDT
A trio of Notre Dame football players find themselves on the watch list for some very impressive postseason awards. Quarterback Everett Golson is on the Maxwell Award’s watch list while junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell and sophomore linebacker Jaylon Smith were both selected to the Bednarik’s watch list.
Apr 25, 2014, 1:57 PM EDT
Notre Dame’s new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder built his defense around pressure and aggression. Now who is going to provide it?
Apr 15, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT
Making an impact during a spring game is always a good thing. But sometimes, the not making one is a good thing, too. The core of the Irish defense didn’t play a lot in the Blue-Gold game.
Apr 14, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT
Spring football is done, with the Blue-Gold game already in the rearview mirror. Let’s recap Saturday’s festivities with a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the offense’s 63-58 win.
Mar 19, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT
After two weeks off, Notre Dame returned to the practice field this morning. With pads on and live snaps taking place, any rust seemed to be alleviated with the Irish playing live for the first time this spring. With plenty of reports coming in live from various local outlets that got a limited look at…
Dec 26, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT
There’s a very nice article on freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith running today as the lead story on Sports Illustrated’s college football page. Smith, who came into Notre Dame as the school’s highest rated recruit since Jimmy Clausen, did everything you’d want from a freshman, becoming one of the team’s best defenders as the season went…
Nov 10, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT
Most coaches institute a 24-hour rule. After a win or a loss, you’ve got 24 hours to put the game in the rearview mirror and move past it. That might be a little bit tougher for Brian Kelly and his team this Sunday, with the loss among the most frustrating in the Kelly era. “Our…
Sep 17, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT
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…
Aug 30, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT
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…
Jul 28, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT
The crown jewel of the Irish recruiting class, Jaylon Smith begins his Notre Dame career as the school’s highest ranked defensive prospect in the modern recruiting era. The top high school linebacker in the country, Smith is an all-everything recruit, a headliner on every All-American team, and a prospect coveted by schools coast to coast.…
Jul 15, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT
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…
Feb 6, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT
One of the biggest names in the modern recruiting era has made it official. Jaylon Smith has faxed in his letter-of-intent. Let’s try and put in perspective just how big of a commitment this is. JAYLON SMITH Fort Wayne, Indiana Measureables: 6-foot-3, 215-pounds Accolades: 2012 High School Butkus Award Winner. First-team USA Today All-American. First-team…
Feb 1, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT
Current Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has a special place carved out for him in Notre Dame football’s history books. The coaching lifer spent eight years in South Bend, coordinating the defense for Bob Davie, then staying on staff through the transition to Tyrone Willingham, a rare holdover in the house-cleaning that happened after the…
Jun 2, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT
It won’t go into the media guide or count in Brian Kelly’s official W-L record, but Notre Dame won a huge battle on Saturday when Indiana linebacker Jaylon Smith gave his commitment to the Fighting Irish. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound outside linebacker, who has been dazzling recruitniks all offseason with his effortless work rushing the passer,…
Apr 20, 2012, 6:11 AM EDT
It may count the same as the other fourteen practices allotted by NCAA rules during the spring, but there will be plenty of eyeballs on the last official workout of the school year for the Irish. With a national broadcast on NBC Sports Network kicking off at 1:30 p.m. ET, a spring spent mostly working…
- Five things we learned: Gold 36, Blue 34 72
- Pregame Six Pack: Finishing spring practice strong 3
- Even without guarantee, Kelly expects Golson to return next season 107
- Grace opens up about the long road back 44
- Irish QB battle with (understandably) head into fall camp 12
- In a time of change, Denbrock a constant 35