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  1. Tuitt, Niklas, Nix and Watt go in draft’s second day

    May 10, 2014, 1:03 AM EDT

    NCAA Football: Purdue at Notre Dame

    Notre Dame had four former players taken on the NFL Draft’s second day, with Stephon Tuitt, Troy Niklas, Louis Nix and Chris Watt all selected. At the end of the third round, only LSU joined Notre Dame with five players selected.

  2. Irish show well at the NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    USA TODAY

    Notre Dame had nine players at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. To a man, they all left town improving their proverbial draft stock. We’ve already touched on what the nine-man Irish contingency meant to the football program. Speed, strength and athleticism were on display by Irish prospects, with statistical gains under Paul Longo’s direction…

  3. Mayock talks about NFL Draft potential for Irish players

    Feb 19, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Yesterday, Mike Mayock hosted a conference call with reporters to discuss NFL Draft prospects. The NFL Network draft analyst, who also calls Notre Dame football games with Dan Hicks, held a marathon conference call, a multi-hour event that showcased Mayock’s ridiculous knowledge base. Throughout the call, Mayock talked about various Notre Dame players that will…

  4. Last look back: Wide receivers and tight ends

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:14 PM EDT

    TJ Jones, Julian Wilson

    For the first time in forever, the Irish entered the season without an All-American candidate to catch the football. Gone were Tyler Eifert, Michael Floyd, Golden Tate and Jeff Samardzija, one of the best runs of receivers in school history. But even lacking a leading man, this season proved to be a formidable ensemble. Even…

  5. Early exits to NFL present new challenges for Irish

    Jan 16, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    When Stephon Tuitt and Troy Niklas decided to leave Notre Dame after three seasons and head to the NFL, it presented another minor crisis for Brian Kelly. Yet the biggest dilemma won’t be how Kelly and the Irish replace two frontline players, both likely to be off the board in the draft’s first two rounds.…

  6. Kelly submits NFL evaluations for Tuitt, Niklas and Atkinson

    Dec 23, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    When catching up with the local media over the weekend, Brian Kelly revealed that he asked the NFL’s advisory committee for evaluations of three juniors: defensive end Stephon Tuitt, tight end Troy Niklas and running back George Atkinson. The deadline to enter the NFL Draft is January 15.  That Tuitt would receive an evaluation is a…

  7. Niklas named a Mackey Award semi-finalist

    Nov 18, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    A season after teammate Tyler Eifert was named the Mackey Award winner for the best tight end in the country, teammate Troy Niklas was named a semi-finalist. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound junior was one of eight named to the final list. In his second season at the position, Niklas has 25 catches for 390 yards and…

  8. Offseason cheat sheet: Tight ends

    Aug 28, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

    NCAA Football: Purdue at Notre Dame

    Tyler Eifert is gone. The All-American and Mackey Award winner rewrote the Notre Dame record books on his way to being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Not bad for a guy that was a three-star recruit, and a player with a back injury that had many thinking he’d never step foot…

  9. Counting down the Irish: 10-6

    Jul 18, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    Looking at the first fifteen names we’ve revealed, one pretty clear trend seemed to be emerging. The strength of this team’s depth was on defense. Ten of the players we’ve already rolled out will be defensive contributors. That includes highly touted freshmen Max Redfield and Jaylon Smith, who will have to find a way onto…

  10. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Jul 26, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

    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…

  11. Niklas is the ultimate wild card

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    There are plenty of variables at play for the 2012 Fighting Irish. The largest is at the quarterback position. Who will lead the Irish not just when they head to Dublin, but when they continue into the teeth of one of the country’s hardest schedules? Who will fill the sizable void Michael Floyd left after…

  12. Practice Report: Day Seven update

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Eifert

    If there’s reason to believe the Irish offense will take a step forward next season even after losing Michael Floyd, it’s Tyler Eifert. The rising senior tight end, who before Brian Kelly arrived was expected by some to disappear into obscurity after a back injury, instead has turned into the best of a recent string…

  13. Niklas to tight end adds plenty of offensive options

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    The move of Troy Niklas to tight end is fascinating. After impressing on defense as a true freshman at outside linebacker (and even moving to the nose guard in certain pass rush situations), Niklas seemed poised to be a frontrunner for an outside linebacker position heading into spring practice. Even if the ‘dog’ linebacker position,…

  14. Filling holes: Outside linebacker

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    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…

  15. Niklas switching sides of the ball?

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    If there was a surprise on the defense last season, it was the emergence of outside linebacker Troy Niklas. Dubbed Hercules by his teammates, the hulking freshman — who measures up as impressively as any athlete on the team at a shade under 6-foot-7 and 250-pounds — saw time at the drop linebacker position and…

  16. Pregame Six Pack: Air Force

    Oct 7, 2011, 4:35 AM EDT

    Michael Floyd 3

    With the Irish in an early 0-2 hole this season, most Notre Dame fans assumed the Irish would right the ship. But history didn’t necessarily share that rosy outlook.  Seven Irish teams have stumbled out of the gates in their opening two games. Only two of the teams have come back to have winning seasons,…

  17. Spartan notes: Diaco, Cousins, Narduzzi, and more

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    Capital One Bowl - Alabama v Michigan State

    Sometimes you just need to get a column out there, and purge some of the fun facts you’ve been storing up for the week. After spending a lot of time watching and re-watching last Saturday’s debacle, getting up to speed on the Spartans, and reassessing where this team is, you tend to forget that just…

  18. Pregame Six Pack: Running with the Bulls

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    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…

  19. Handicapping playing time for the freshman

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    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…

  20. BK talks: QB Derby, Theo, Te’o, Hercules and more

    Aug 13, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    After a Saturday morning practice, the Irish boarded buses and headed to the lake, the second year Brian Kelly and his staff have taken the team for a little R&R and water activities. But before he did, Kelly spoke with the assembled media, with the biggest news being that second-string tackle Tate Nichols was doubtful…

  21. Behind the scenes of Signing Day: Troy Niklas

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Thanks to some video by OCVarsity.com, here’s some great behind the scenes video of Troy Niklas, a member of Notre Dame’s incredible defensive line class. After spending just five minutes with Troy and his family (in the video), it isn’t hard to understand why he’s such a high character kid and also why it was…

  22. Signing Day 2011: Big Skill

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    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:…

  23. Faxes in: Tuitt official, Niklas (too), Rabasa, and Atkinson

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    Of course even the faxing of Stephon Tuitt’s letter-of-intent would be dramatic. But the prized five-star defensive end’s commitment letter arrived in the football offices after weather delayed it, and both the Irish coaching staff and all of ND Nation can breathe easy knowing that the Irish have locked in their biggest defensive prospect on…

  24. Signing Day 2011: Bring on the Faxes

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:26 AM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    It’s Christmas morning for a certain breed of college football fan. With my alarm clock sounding at a ridiculous 3:42 a.m. it wasn’t hard to get the morning jump-started on the West Coast, as the first faxes from around the country were set to arrive in The Gug in less than twenty minutes. Posts will…

  25. Quiet period leads into intrigue

    Jan 30, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Bennett Okotcha

    It’s officially an NCAA quiet period right now, meaning there’ll be little news breaking until Wednesday morning, when faxes begin pouring into the football office at The Gug. (I’ll be getting up at a bizarrely early hour to follow along in the festivities, for your pleasure of course…) While the past few days have added…