Nicco Fertitta

As injuries mount, Kelly acknowledges depth chart has breaking point


Next Man In has been a bedrock philosophy for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. But even he understands that the Irish are approaching a breaking point. The loss of Drue Tranquill is the latest season-ending injury for the Irish, pushing the Irish coaching staff into a sticky spot at safety, the latest position group to see [more]

Last looks: Secondary


The pieces are in place for Notre Dame's secondary to be great. Led by returning cornerback KeiVarae Russell and armed with depth at every starting position, first-year position coach Todd Lyght has considerable talent to work with. [more]

Irish A-to-Z: Nicco Fertitta


A pint-sized safety who committed to Notre Dame after camping in South Bend Las Vegas native Nicco Fertitta begins his collegiate career likely with a chip on his shoulder. It could be courtesy of a three-star ranking and some wondering what the Irish staff saw in the undersized defensive back. But more likely it's just in the nature of the heat-seeking tackler, a pound-for-pound bruiser who seeks out big collisions, eager to prove his skeptics wrong. [more]

Irish still trying to find the right answers at safety


As Notre Dame's finishes up a May spent on the road visiting recruits, one of the keys to a successful 2016 recruiting campaign is to restock the safety position. While graduate transfer Avery Sebastian comes onto campus providing immediate experience, the position is one of the lone worrisome spots on the fully-stocked Irish roster. [more]