Weekend leftovers: All quiet on the football front

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Other than last night’s terrific USA victory over Canada, it was a pretty slow weekend for news, especially news coming out of South Bend. Here are a few tidbits that caught my eye:

* Late last week, Brian Kelly picked up another award for his fine work last season with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Kelly was named the 2010 winner of the Lee Tressel Ohio College Coach of the Year by the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He’ll get the award in Westlake, Ohio on April 26th at the 22nd Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet. It’s been a good year for hardware at the Kelly household, as Kelly’s won other local awards in Ohio as well as Big East coach of the year as well as Home Depot national coach of the year.

* Tim Prister at IrishIllustrated.com had a great write-up on the five different quarterbacks that Brian Kelly and the Irish have offered for the 2011 recruiting class. Prister gave an early assessment of each quarterback after watching some tape from their junior seasons.

Here are the five quarterbacks offered, with a few of their other offers listed.

Kiehl Frazier, Springdale, AR: Notre Dame, Miami, Duke, Northwestern, Auburn, WVU.
Christian Lemay, Mathews, NC: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Florida State
Braxton Miller, Huber Heights, OH: Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, UNC.
Bubba Starling, Gardner, KS: Kansas, K-State, Louisville, Baylor.
Marquise Williams, Charlotte, NC: Florida, LSU, North Carolina, UVA, Stanford, V-Tech.

While many people were worried that Kelly wasn’t willing to go up against the big boys when looking for recruits, I think this should ease any worries. Expect the dominoes to start falling when the first quarterback commits. After filling the roster with three quarterbacks this season, who knows if Kelly targets one or two quarterbacks in this recruiting cycle.

* The legendary messageboard maven FunkDoctorSpock made a pretty astute observation a few days ago when looking at the raw talent on the roster of the Irish, from sophomore through 5th year classes, according to Rivals recruiting rankings.

18 Top 100 (12 on Offense, 6 on Defense)
4 Five Stars
39 Four Stars
11 Three Stars
4 Two Stars
58 TOTAL RANKED PLAYERS
3.74 AVG. STARS

And this is the raw talent that Florida has in their sophomore thru 5th year classes, as per Rivals.com:

17 Top 100 (9 on Offense, 8 on Defense)
9 Five Stars
35 Four Stars
14 Three Stars
1 Two Star
59 TOTAL RANKED PLAYERS
3.88 AVG. STARS

It’s pretty clear that even with the defections of Clausen and Tate, the Irish have plenty of talent on the roster, comparing pretty favorable to a national power like Florida (though not as balanced). FDS also went on to mention that Kelly was 30-3 against unranked teams at Cincinnati, with two of those losses coming in year one. At the very least, Irish fans should hope that Kelly is able to win the games he’s supposed to, something many hoped Weis would do after the inconsistencies of both Willingham and Davie.