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  1. Collinsworth, Lombard, Moore and Utupo on track for fifth year

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

    Christian Lombard

    It looks like the 2014 roster is coming into focus. While Brian Kelly and his coaching staff are on the road trying to add some final pieces to the recruiting class, four seniors are likely to return for a fifth season. Multiple outlets are reporting that Austin Collinsworth, Christian Lombard, Kendall Moore and Justin Utupo…

  2. Offseason cheat sheet: Defensive line

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:27 AM EDT

    Tuitt Nix

    My how things have changed. Once a position group that was the bane of Notre Dame fans’ existence, the defensive line has powered the renaissance Brian Kelly has orchestrated. That being said, this group isn’t without some setbacks. Two players that looked like key reserves on the line, Chase Hounshell and Tony Springmann, are lost…

  3. Holiday weekend notes: Frosh numbers, redshirts, and more

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Matt Cashore

    Compare today to running an offseason marathon. No doubt, we are slogging along here, but the good news is we’ve just passed the 13-mile marker. We’re more than half-way there, and while that terrible realization that you’ve still got 13 miles left to run might cross your mind, the very good news is that we’re…

  4. What to take from the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Robby Toma

    The 27,863 fans that paid to see the Blue-Gold game in person might be thawed out and dry by now. For the rest of you that either skipped the festivities or watched on TV, trying to quantify what you saw and reach some conclusions might be a little difficult. First, let’s cross off a few…

  5. A to Z: Your comprehensive spring breakdown

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    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…

  6. Irish redshirts ready themselves for competition

    Feb 11, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Dayne Crist and Louis Nix

    More than a few people were surprised when Brian Kelly announced early during his first spring practices that freshman Zack Martin was working with the first-team offensive line at left tackle. At the time, Martin was a little known commodity, so far off the radar that even the official roster had his name spelled wrong…

  7. Niklas down to USC and Notre Dame

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    While the Irish already have a stockpile of them in this recruiting class, they’re chasing one more defensive end in recruit Troy Niklas, who is down to Notre Dame and USC as his college choices. He’ll make a decision after visiting Notre Dame this weekend. Niklas, from Southern California powerhouse Servite High, is skipping a…

  8. Stepping up… The linebackers

    Feb 25, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    If it feels like beating a dead horse to say that the Irish defense played below expectations last year, I apologize. But trying to put the linebacker play into context is difficult, because each position grouping in a defense depends on the other. Without a great pass rush, the secondary looks bad. Without tight coverage,…