Re-Stocking the roster: Linebackers

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Notre Dame’s spring roster at linebacker is one of the most interesting position groups on the roster. Jaylon Smith is gone, the junior All-American taking his talents—and healing knee—to the NFL. Joe Schmidt is no longer in the middle of the defense, the two-year starter and team captain no longer a coach-on-the-field. Jarrett Grace is gone [more]

Injuries mean opportunities for young talent

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  Notre Dame lost Tarean Folston on his third carry of the season, with the junior running back tearing his ACL within the first 10 minutes of the season. The injury hurts the Irish depth chart, taking a frontline player from a position group that already was thin on numbers and experience. Folston’s injury is the [more]

Last looks: Linebackers

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With a strong recruiting surge, some roster shuffling and some good luck (and hard work) in the health department, Notre Dame's linebacking corps was rebuilt remarkably quickly. A season after question marks were everywhere, the Irish have a linebacking group that is among the fastest and most athletic we've seen in a very long time. [more]

Irish A-to-Z: Joe Schmidt

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Notre Dame's returning MVP, Joe Schmidt is no longer just an underdog story. He's one of the most important pieces in the Irish defense, the central nervous system for a defense that collapsed without him in the middle. [more]

Counting down the Irish: 15-11

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A multi-year starter. One of the team's most impressive breakout defenders. A preseason All-American and a defender who—if healthy—has the same ceiling. And oh yeah, the team's returning MVP. Our Irish Top 25 continues. [more]