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  1. Robert Blanton and Darius Fleming selected in fifth round of NFL Draft

    Apr 28, 2012, 6:04 PM EST

    Robert Blanton

    Two more former Irish players had their names called in the NFL Draft today, with Robert Blanton and Darius Fleming getting selected in the fifth round of the draft. That makes four players selected from the 2011 squad, joining first-round picks Michael Floyd (#13) and Harrison Smith (#29). Blanton went with the 139th overall pick…

  2. Five things we learned: Stanford 28, Notre Dame 14

    Nov 27, 2011, 1:54 AM EST

    Andrew Hendrix Stanford

    When you laid out the checklist of things Notre Dame needed to do to beat No. 4 Stanford on Saturday night, the objectives were quite clear. Limit mistakes, win the battle at the line of scrimmage, and eliminate turnovers — bedrock principles for winning football games. Yet from the opening minutes of the Irish’s 28-14…

  3. The good, the bad, and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 30, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    Jonas Gray Navy

    If there’s criticism, it should be of the constructive manner this afternoon, a day after the Irish let go of some frustration on Navy. The 56-14 thumping was the biggest beating of Navy since Tony Rice, Mark Green and Ricky Watters beat up the Midshipmen in 1987. The victory was a complete mauling — with…

  4. IBG: And on to Air Force

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:26 AM EST

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    We’re back with another edition of the Irish Blogger Gathering. If you’ve missed the last few, you’ve missed me comparing the Irish quarterbacking depth chart to TV’s leading ladies, Little Mac’s journey to beat Iron Mike, and other answers to questions that I’ve retro-fit to keep this blog family friendly and  my job safe. This…

  5. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:19 PM EST

    Robert Blanton

    Robert Blanton wasn’t taking the bait. After doing everything but putting on Superman’s cape in Notre Dame’s 31-13 victory over No. 15 Michigan State, NBC’s Alex Flanagan asked the senior cornerback if this was the best game he’s ever played. “No, ma’am,” Blanton replied matter-of-factly. The response is the perfect one for a veteran leader…

  6. Counting down the Irish: 10-6

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:55 AM EST

    Fleming

    This is the fourth installment of “Counting down the Irish,” our annual ranking of the Top 25 players on Notre Dame’s roster. Click here for our ratings of players 25-21,  20-16, and 15-11. We’re into our top ten. It’s time to start looking at the players that are going to drive the Irish either into…

  7. After filling front seven, Irish looking for DBs

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:25 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Brian Kelly essentially called his shot back on his first Signing Day, identifying defensive end and the edge of the defense as areas his staff needed to target and fill in the upcoming recruiting class. Last Saturday’s Blue-Gold game already showed us the early returns, with Aaron Lynch and Ishaq Williams immediately competing for playing…

  8. 2011 in 100 words… Robert Blanton

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    Utah v Notre Dame

    Part five of twelve previews analyzing a dozen players essential to the Irish making a BCS run next season. Part one looked at Braxston Cave, part two Sean Cwynar, part three Jonas Gray, and part four Trevor Robinson. Player Overview: After playing in twelve games during both his freshman and sophomore seasons, Robert Blanton was…

  9. 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…

  10. Stepping up… The Secondary

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:30 AM EST

    If you missed our first two installments of “Stepping Up,” where we talked about the offensive line and the wide receivers, be sure to check them out. It wasn’t hard to identify the secondary as a massive problem area last season. A perceived area of strength going into the season, the Irish defensive backs were…