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Irish draft hopefuls audition at ND Pro Day


Former Irish football players had their chance to audition for future employers today in South Bend at the Notre Dame Pro Day. It was a reunion of sorts as players from all over worked out inside the Gug under the watchful eyes of NFL scouts.

With Notre Dame only losing starters Ben Koyack, Cody Riggs and Kyle Brindza to the NFL, it’s not expected to be a big year for the Irish in the draft. But also returning to campus to audution were former captain Cam McDaniel, DaVaris Daniels, Jake Golic, Andrew Hendrix, Ethan Johnson, Kendall Moore, Justin Utupo and Alex Welch.

Daniels and Moore are back on campus even after last season’s suspension. They’re joined by Miami RedHawks Hendrix and Welch, who played out their eligibility under former offensive coordinator Chuck Martin.

Golic returned to campus after playing at Cincinnati. Johnson is looking to return to the NFL after being a part of the concussion class action lawsuit and a cup of coffee with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Let’s take to social media to get you some results:

Here’s an update on Cody Riggs, who was a surprise to be not among the invites to the combine in Indianapolis, but certainly helped his draft stock by running as fast as you’d have expected.

It appears that Riggs tweaked a hamstring later in the workout, but not before taking a slo-mo leap in the broad jump:


Ben Koyack, who was invited to Indianapolis, but didn’t run the 40-yard dash there, did so in South Bend. Per SID Michael Bertsch, Koyack ran right around a 4.7, with the fastest time listed at 4.68.

Koyack was at the Senior Bowl and Combine and is likely to be the first former Irish player off the draft board, though maybe not as early as previous Notre Dame tight ends.


Also back on campus is McDaniel, who is days away from becoming a father. A fringe candidate to make a roster, McDaniel showed some versatility—needed if he’s going to be a special teams performer on Sundays.


Kyle Brindza did a nice job updating us on his Pro Day. Here’s the former Irish kicker on his afternoon, where he showed off epic strongman skills in addition to a big leg on kickoffs.


In a parallel universe, DaVaris Daniels was catching passes from Andrew Hendrix. The Elkhart Truth’s Rachel Terlep even has proof.

Daniels spoke with media at the event, doing his best to put his suspension and inability to return to South Bend into context.

“It’s a difficult situation,” Daniels acknowledged to The Observer‘s Mike Monaco. “I don’t hold any grudges. I just don’t really like thinking about the situation… it is what it is. At this point, I’m ready for the NFL. That’s my focus.”

Daniels estimates he’s got a little over two semesters left of work to complete before earning his Notre Dame degree. He said all the right things about moving forward and hopefully finishing up his course work, while also taking the high road about the frustrating time where all five suspended athletes waited to hear their fate.

Most importantly for Daniels, at least when it comes to his immediate employment future, is getting his speed and explosiveness back. Various reports had Daniels breaking into the 4.5-range on his 40, a critical threshold for him.


If you’re looking for good news out of South Bend, defensive end Ishaq Williams—currently in football and academic purgatory—was on hand watching the festivities. Williams didn’t speak to any media but sat with his teammates for the festivities, though what to make of that isn’t clear.

While scholarship numbers are tight, Williams could be a great addition to a defensive front that’s looking for more bulk, and it’d allow him to finish his Notre Dame degree after a two semester exile.

Moore says Notre Dame treated Frozen Five fairly

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Kendall Moore‘s football career did not end as planned. The fifth-year senior never saw the playing field after being pulled from the team in August as part of an academic dishonesty probe that kept DaVaris Daniels, KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams out for the 2014 season — and school year — as well. (Eilar Hardy returned to the team in late October.)

But Moore hopes that his football career isn’t over. And he spoke about the turbulence of the last six months with the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen.

Moore will take part in this weekend’s College Gridiron Showcase, hoping that some team is willing to take a chance on the seldom-used linebacker who was stuck behind Manti Te’o, Dan Fox and Carlo Calabrese for most of his career.

“There was a while when I was thinking I’m never going to get another opportunity to strap up and do it,” Moore told Hansen. “To have this chance, however it turns out, just makes me feel super blessed and very humbled.”

Perhaps more interesting that any update on Moore’s football career is his take on the case of the Frozen Five.

Held in purgatory as the academic wheels of justice slowly churned at the university level, Moore was candid with Hansen about how he’ll discuss the probe that ultimately cost Moore his final season of eligibility and has kept Daniels, Russell and Williams off campus with a reported two-semester suspension.

“I’ll just explain to them that with the whole investigation … that what it all came down to was just a violation of school policy,” Moore said. “It wasn’t a cheating scandal. We violated a school policy as far as the honor code goes and as far as peer editing goes.

“It ended up being a situation where Notre Dame holds their academics to a high standard, and nobody’s getting mad about that. We knew the whole situation, what we were getting into as far as the whole high academic prowess and stuff.

“We all understood what was going on. We all said there were mistakes made on everybody’s part, and we’re just looking to move past it and get on to the next chapter of our lives.”

Moore also talked about the support he received from teammates and head coach Brian Kelly. While Kelly served as the university’s spokesman during the frustrating period where information and details of the Honor Code process were so hard to come by, he also supported Moore and will continue to do so.

“We had a chance to talk after their season ended,” Moore told Hansen. “Coach Kelly told me they’d welcome me back with open arms, and that I’m still a Notre Dame guy, a Notre Dame grad.”

The whole column is worth a read, shedding light on a difficult situation while also reminding fans that Moore is a terrific representative of the university.


Kendall Moore announces his departure from Notre Dame

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As expected, Kendall Moore took to Instagram yesterday and announced his departure from Notre Dame. The fifth-year linebacker was likely to play a reserve role for the Irish this season before the academic investigation took him off the field, ending his football career before his final season could start.

“Notre Dame has rendered its decision. While it is disappointing, I will respectfully leave my alma mater as a proud May 2014 graduate of the institution that I have respectfully loved and given my best efforts during my college career,” Moore said on Instagram.

The six-foot-1, 251-pound linebacker ended up playing in 39 career games for Notre Dame, making 37 tackles with three TFLs. He made a key interception in the Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers, the final game of his career.

After being named Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year as a redshirt freshman in 2010, Moore struggled to beat out a talented group of inside linebackers like Manti Te’o, Dan Fox, Carlo Calabrese and Jarrett Grace, but carved a niche on special teams. He would’ve likely played a similar role on the 2014 team, though able to add a run-stopping presence and heft on the inside at linebacker.