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  1. Eight Irish seniors get invite to NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 7, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

    NFL Scouting Combine

    While the excitement of Signing Day is still lingering, eight Notre Dame seniors received a very important invitation yesterday that will play a huge factor in their professional careers. The NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis released their official invite list and it was filled with Irish players. Here are the following players who will…

  2. Ten players, ten reasons: Zeke Motta

    Dec 24, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Notre Dame-Purdue

    The first of ten features on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to the national title game. If there’s a handful of enduring images from this season, Zeke Motta‘s celebration in the USC visitors locker room belongs near the top of the list. As Lane Kiffin addressed the media after another…

  3. Breaking down 4-0: The Secondary

    Sep 26, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Carlo Calabrese, KeiVarae Russell, Bennett Jackson

    There was no bigger question mark on Notre Dame’s roster than the secondary. With first-round draft pick Harrison Smith gone and multi-year contributors Gary Gray and Robert Blanton exiting at cornerback, many believed that the Irish defense would only be as good as the replacements Bob Diaco and Kerry Cooks could find. OFF-SEASON PERSPECTIVE Preparing…

  4. And so it begins: BK talks 2012 season

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly podium

    Brian Kelly doesn’t officially kick off the 2012 football season until tomorrow, when his opening press conference takes place before the start of training camp. But that didn’t stop talk of the quarterbacking race from starting early. Joining WSBT’s Sportsbeat with Darin Pritchett and Eric Hansen, Kelly answered questions from fans all across the country…

  5. Russell and Neal will get looks at cornerback

    Jun 28, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    keivarae_russell

    There’s no question that Notre Dame lacks quality depth at cornerback heading into the season. Needing to replace both Robert Blanton and Gary Gray, the Irish will look to first year starter Bennett Jackson on the short-side of the field as Lo Wood and Josh Atkinson will take their competition for the field cornerback position…

  6. Pregame Six Pack: Blue & Gold (and a certain Irish victory)

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:11 AM EDT

    Blue-Gold-27

    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…

  7. Filling holes: Safety

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT

    Slaughter Utah

    Just a year after Harrison Smith played the role of ball hawk, the senior safety was snake-bit. Seven interceptions in 2010 had Irish fans thinking Notre Dame’s defense had a gold-glove center-fielder. But in 2011, while the defense had a more mature and comfortable Smith roaming the secondary, the interceptions just didn’t come. Smith had…

  8. Playmakers Wanted: Zeke Motta

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Zeke Motta

    (Note: This is the third in a series of fictional memos from Notre Dame’s No. 1 fan to key players for the 2012 Fighting Irish. The first featured senior wide receiver John Goodman, the second WR Daniel Smith.) MEMO To: Zeke Motta From: Goldy Domer, #1 Irish Fan Subject: Your NFL audition season Zeke, I feel…

  9. Fox edges Calabrese at LB, Slaughter over Motta at FS

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:03 AM EDT

    Jamoris Slaughter

    While the news didn’t trend on Twitter like Dayne Crist did nationally this afternoon (another example of Notre Dame’s irrelevance in college football I guess), one surprise in Brian Kelly‘s press conference was that junior Dan Fox unseated Carlo Calabrese as the starting Will linebacker next to Manti Te’o. Calabrese spent the lion’s share of…

  10. Badger weighing early return from Mormon mission

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Chris Badger

    With the Irish’s depth at safety a question mark for the second straight year, Chris Badger, a Notre Dame safety that chose his Mormon mission before ever playing a down for the Irish, could be back in South Bend earlier than expected. Badger’s decision to walk away from the Irish after participating in spring practice…

  11. Counting down the Irish: 25-21

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Carlo Calabrese

    As we kick off our 2011 Irish Top 25, let’s get some things out of the way quickly. This is just a list, not some objective evaluation process. Some guys I had ranked much higher than others. (It worked the other way as well.) Still, what you’ll find here is a pretty good composite projected…

  12. Spring practice heads for the home stretch

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    david-ruffer11149

    With the Blue-Gold game set for this Saturday, Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish are down to their final four football sessions until preseason camp in August. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the battles that caught our interest: At ‘Dog’ linebacker, it’s a two-man race, with sophomores Prince Shembo and Danny…

  13. 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…

  14. Stepping up… The Secondary

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    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…