Prestwood leaves team


The first big news out of fall camp came today when Brian Kelly announced sophomore offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood has left the team. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound tackle from Plant City, Florida was slated to back up senior left tackle Zack Martin.

“Jordan is no longer with us and I’m not able to get into the specifics about that because of privacy laws,” Kelly said.

While there was nothing definitive on the departure other than the usually ominous “personal reasons,” there’s no news yet on whether or not this is a permanent situation. If it is, it’ll cause the Irish to make some tweaks to their depth chart, and potentially force true freshman Ronnie Stanley into a stand-by role, when Kelly expected to save a year of Stanley’s eligibility.

A quick look at the depth chart at tackle has Zack Martin anchoring left tackle while Christian Lombard looks entrenched at right. Junior Tate Nichols will likely be the next man in, with sophomore Nick Martin also able to play tackle if needed, protecting the promising newcomer from needed to contribute right away.

“There are some moving parts on the offensive line where we can move some guys around,” Kelly said. “I think we’d need a couple of injuries for him to get on the field. But I don’t want to take anything away from [Stanley] because he’s been really good. A pleasant surprise.”

Prestwood was originally committed to Notre Dame before flipping to Florida State and enrolling early. After practicing with the Seminoles, Prestwood left school and transferred to Notre Dame, sitting out last season.

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First look at contact: Jumping to conclusions edition


After four practices getting acclimated to helmets, the Irish were in full pads today, giving freshman their first real feel of college football. Thanks to the always excellent practice reports courtesy of, we’re able to get a sneak peak at the first day of work, which allows all of us to jump to some very early conclusions.

Here’s a look at today’s practice report, courtesy of our friends over at Because it’s my job to have no life and break down the rodeo drill for everyone, here’s a play-by-play of what you’ll see, helping to isolate some of the match-ups and battles that fly by in just under four minutes.



The first one on one we see (around the :40 second mark) is sophomore tight end Alex Welch welcoming freshman linebacker Ben Councell to to college football, and two mammoth youngsters battling with 6-8, 320-pound Tate Nichols taking on 6-6, 295-pound freshman Stephon Tuitt.

After that, we watch Michael Floyd snatch balls from the jugs machine, Ishaq Williams sprint down in kickoff coverage, and Davaris Daniels work on his hands as well. In snaps from scrimmage, Tate Nichols works at left tackle, where he rides Kona Schwenke outside the pocket. The very next snap, Brad Carrico looks pretty solid battling against veteran Brandon Newman. And for those wondering how Louis Nix would look, that’s him putting Mike Golic on rollerskates. (Golic definitely shouldn’t feel embarrassed, Nix was absolutely dominant in the one-on-one matchups he had, which we’ll get to now.)

For those looking for some rough-and-tumble power football, Let’s go to a frame-by-frame breakdown of the rodeo drill (starting at 1:42), where we’ll reach grand conclusions after watching less than a minute of drills.

1. Braxston Cave vs. Louis Nix. Winner: Nix, who stood up Cave and stuffed freshman Cam McDaniel.
2. Trevor Robinson vs. Carlo Calabrese. Winner: Robinson, who controlled Carlo and pushed him inside while George Atkinson slid by.
3. Ben Koyack vs. Unknown (Zeke Motta?) Winner: Koyack, who planted a defender unknown (I’m guessing Motta after a Zapruder like breakdown), getting a big rise out of his coaches.
4. Brad Carrico vs. Anthony McDonald. Winner: Slight edge to Carrico, who looks pretty fluid at offensive line.
5. Jordan Prestwood vs. Tyler Stockton. Winner: Stockton, who does a nice job getting physical with the freshman.
6. Prestwood vs. Aaron Lynch. Winner: Lynch, who looks every bit the part of a freshman All-American.
7. Prestwood vs. Stephon Tuitt. Winner: Slight edge to Tuitt, as it’s tough to say Prestwood lost that collision.
8. Alex Welch vs. Unknown (Anthony Rabasa?) Winner: Draw. Nice work by both guys, whoever our secret defender is.
9. Welch vs. Steve Filer. Winner: Filer, who taunts Irish fans by reminding people just how physically gifted he is.
10. Nick Martin vs. Joe Schmidt. Winner: Schmidt, who does his best Mike Anello impression, ignoring his physical limitations by blowing up a block making a nice play on Martin.
11. Christian Lombard vs. Lynch. Winner: Lynch, who once again blows up an offensive tackle at the point of contact.
12. Lombard vs. Chase Hounshell. Winner: Lombard, but credit to Hounshell for holding his ground and battling.
13. Taylor Dever vs. Kapron Lewis-Moore. Winner: Dever, who did a nice job engaging KLM, in a rare battle of ones-versus-ones.
14. Mike Golic vs. Louis Nix. Winner: Nix. He’s going to be very tough to move.
15. N. Martin vs. Jarrett Grace. Winner: Draw. A nice collision between two talented freshmen.

While I’d appreciate everybody else sharing their gut reactions below, the two guys that really stood out were Louis Nix and Aaron Lynch. They looked dominating, regardless of who they were facing.


Reports: Prestwood transfer to Notre Dame complete


While the news originally broke back in the beginning of June, it’s been made official by various reports that blue-chip offensive tackle Jordan Prestwood has officially been cleared through admissions, completing his transfer to Notre Dame.

Prestwood was one of the Irish’s top targets along the offensive line, and originally committed to Notre Dame, only to change his mind in November and enroll at Florida State for the spring semester. Early reports this summer had Prestwood hoping to enroll in summer school, but a foreign language requirement delayed his enrollment until the fall semester.

Prestwood will have to sit out because of NCAA transfer rules, but was likely going to redshirt anyway with depth along the offensive line giving him the time to develop.

When reached for comment by, Prestwood was thankful to have a second chance to come to Notre Dame.

“Coach Kelly and the staff gave me a chance to come back,” Prestwood told ISD. “I was real close with Coach Alford and they knew I was the type of kid who fit in with their program. Once I got my release and it was sent and I was officially released they really understood. They understood I made a mistake and they were real good with it. The Notre Dame staff was really excited about it and welcomed me back with open arms. It was exciting for me and my family knowing they still wanted me there.”

Prestwood will join his teammates in fall camp August 3rd.


Prestwood set to transfer to Notre Dame


If the Irish coaching staff’s never-say-die attitude helped them with Aaron Lynch, Ishaq Williams and Stephon Tuitt, then it really paid dividends with offensive tackle Jordan Prestwood.

One of the top tackle targets in the class of 2011, Prestwood was committed to the Irish until he changed his mind in November, flipping to the home-state Seminoles and enrolling early in school this January. But tonight news broke that Prestwood plans to transfer from FSU after just one semester with the intent of enrolling at Notre Dame, a credit to the work Tony Alford and his position coach Ed Warinner did with the talented left tackle.

The rumblings of Prestwood’s discontentment aren’t exactly new news, as recruiting guru Tom Lemming discussed with Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune.

“I had been hearing rumblings about that for a while, that he wasn’t happy at Florida State,” CBS Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said Thursday night. “This is a big pick-up for Notre Dame.

“Jordan has long arms and he moves his feet well. He was one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the country in the 2011 recruiting cycle, and sitting out a year will really benefit him, because he played tight end in high school.”

“It’s like Notre Dame got the elite offensive tackle they were looking for, for their 2012 recruiting class,” Lemming said. “A lot of credit goes to (ND assistant coach) Tony Alford. When Prestwood flipped to Florida State, Alford handled it with class and wished him well. A lot of coaches would get mad and burn bridges under those circumstances.”

Prestwood had offers from Auburn, Florida and USC before choosing Florida State. He spent time with the first offense during spring practice for the Seminoles and will sit out the 2011 season as a transfer, essentially redshirting with four years of eligibility left.

Talk about a gift added to the 2011 recruiting class, a group that was already pretty well stocked, but could’ve used one more offensive tackle prospect. No word on whether or not Prestwood will enroll for summer classes yet, but Irish football players are reporting in the next week, so we’ll know soon enough.