Inside the Irish
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 3 C.J. Sanders, receiver and returner
Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:00:55 +0000
Listed Measurements: 5-foot-8, 185 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Junior with two years of eligibility remaining including the 2017 season. Depth chart: Sanders will presumably lead the way at both kick and punt return while also backing up sophomore Chase Claypool at the Z, or slot, receiver position. Recruiting: A consensus four-star recruit, Sanders’ speed gave […]
Friday at 4: If and when in Lambeau …
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:00:10 +0000
I have told my high school friends for years, if Notre Dame ever plays Wisconsin, I will host the tailgate. It has always seemed a safe bet. The Irish schedule is already littered with more geographically-centric Big Ten foes. Why add the Badgers? Then the whispers began anew this week. The two schools may or […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 4 Montgomery VanGorder, quarterback
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:00:21 +0000
Listed Measurements: 6-foot-1 ½, 217 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Senior with two seasons of eligibility remaining including the 2017 season. Depth chart: Entering spring practice it was conceivable VanGorder could be Notre Dame’s second-string quarterback, but sophomore Ian Book claimed that gig as the Irish coaching staff certainly hoped he would. That leaves VanGorder as […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 4 Te’von Coney, linebacker
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:00:03 +0000
Listed Measurements: 6-foot-1, 235 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Junior with two years of eligibility remaining including the 2017 season. Depth chart: Coney is the primary backup behind both senior captains Nyles Morgan and Greer Martini. With little other experience among the Irish linebackers, if either Morgan or Martini needs a breather or rolls an ankle, […]
Four-star LB Jack Lamb continues Notre Dame’s strong recruiting week
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 01:17:53 +0000
In years to come, Irish fans may want to remember the last week of July 2017. Notre Dame landed the commitment of a second four-star linebacker in the span of three days when Jack Lamb (Great Oaks High School, Temecula, Calif.) chose the Irish over UCLA on Thursday. Lamb follows Shayne Simon (St. Peter’s Prep; […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 5 Nyles Morgan, linebacker
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:00:01 +0000
Listed Measurements: 6-foot-1, 238 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Senior with only one season of eligibility remaining Depth chart: Morgan will start as the middle linebacker in defensive coordinator Mike Elko’s scheme. Junior Te’von Coney essentially backs up both Morgan and fellow senior linebacker Greer Martini. If another reserve is needed, the Irish will most likely […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 6 Equanimeous St. Brown, receiver
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:00:27 +0000
Listed Measurements: 6-foot-5, 204 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Junior with two years of eligibility remaining including the 2017 season. Depth chart: St. Brown will start as the field receiver, otherwise known as the X. Even as he may move around from the field to the boundary, St. Brown will be a threat for nearly every […]
LB Shayne Simon’s commitment could solve rover questions of the future
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:06:51 +0000
With its second commitment in three days, Notre Dame moved a notable step closer to filling its class of 2018. Consensus four-star outside linebacker Shayne Simon (St. Peter’s Prep; Jersey City, N.J.) chose the Irish over Michigan in a Tuesday afternoon announcement. “The way they carry themselves and how they go about things at Notre […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 7 Nick Watkins, cornerback
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:13:08 +0000
Listed Measurements: 6-foot-1, 203 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Senior with two years of eligibility remaining including the 2017 season. Depth chart: Partly due to his size, partly due to his seniority and partly due to his overall skill, Watkins is the likely starter at the boundary cornerback position this fall. Sophomore Donte Vaughn backs up […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 7 Brandon Wimbush, quarterback
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:00:23 +0000
Listed Measurements: 6-foot-1 ½, 226 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Junior with three years of eligibility remaining including the 2017 season. Depth chart: Wimbush will start at quarterback against Temple in 39 days. If needed, sophomore Ian Book will back up Wimbush, though obviously the Irish very much hope Book is not needed for more than […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 20 Shaun Crawford, cornerback
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:43:25 +0000
Editor’s Note: When it was learned sophomore cornerback Donte Vaughn would be changing his number from 35 to 8, that led to an adjustment of the “99-to-2” schedule. While editing that spreadsheet, your resident mistake-maker accidentally eliminated a planned entry from the docket. A sincere thanks to @DFeliciano98 for pointing out the absence of No. […]
RB Jahmir Smith makes Notre Dame’s 13th commitment, 2nd RB in class of 2018
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:00:23 +0000
Irish offensive coordinator Chip Long’s history indicates he prefers to have multiple options at running back. This allows him to keep the backs fresh in an up-tempo offense as well as rotate their individual skill sets while still having a full array of offensive weapons. If Long continues that trend at Notre Dame for multiple […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 8 Donte Vaughn, cornerback
Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:00:57 +0000
Listed Measurements: 6-foot-2 ½, 209 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining including the 2017 season. Depth chart: Of the oft-praised quintet at cornerback, Vaughn may be the least-heralded to date. Yet, he will see plenty of action in nickel and dime packages, as well as be one play away at […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 9 Daelin Hayes, defensive end
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:00:13 +0000
Listed Measurements: 6-foot-3 ½, 255 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining including the 2017 season. Depth chart: Hayes will start as the weakside, otherwise known as the boundary or drop, defensive end. Sophomores Julian Okwara and Ade Ogundeji back up Hayes, but neither has shown any likelihood of challenging him […]
Friday at 4: Trust The Process
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:00:36 +0000
When Irish coach Brian Kelly previewed this past spring’s 15 practices, he said it eight different times. It was one of his seeming-clichés so relied upon, this scribe poked fun via everyone’s least favorite social medium. Following the Blue-Gold Game, Kelly said it eight times again. The day before, defensive coordinator Mike Elko used the […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 10 Chris Finke, receiver
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:00:53 +0000
Listed Measurements: 5-foot-9 ½, 177 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Junior with three seasons of eligibility remaining including the 2017 season. Depth chart: Notre Dame’s receiver corps presents a litany of options. Finke competes with junior C.J. Sanders to be the first chosen of the quick-footed, shifty grouping. With that designation, it seems most likely Finke’s […]
Report: Daniel Cage to miss 2017, career in question due to medical issues
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:12:26 +0000
The two positions at which Notre Dame most lacks depth and experience are safety and defensive tackle. Fittingly, the morning after junior safety Ashton White announced he is leaving the Irish football team, a report indicates senior defensive tackle Daniel Cage will miss the 2017 season, as well. Irish Illustrated’s Pete Sampson reported Cage intends […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 11 Freddy Canteen, receiver
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:43 +0000
Listed Measurements: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Senior graduate transfer from Michigan with two years of eligibility remaining including the 2017 season. Depth chart: A la the depth chart speculating regarding fellow graduate transfer Cameron Smith, predicting Canteen’s standing among the receivers is difficult considering he has a short window to make an impact […]
Junior safety Ashton White leaves Notre Dame football, remains at University
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:26:03 +0000
Junior safety Ashton White announced he is leaving the Notre Dame football team via a Twitter post Wednesday evening. White will finish the year at the University with the intention of graduating in the spring in order to qualify as a graduate transfer for the 2018 season. “I would first like to thank [Irish] Coach […]
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 12 Alohi Gilman, safety
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:00:25 +0000
Listed Measurements: 6-foot, 195 pounds 2017-18 year, eligibility: Sophomore transfer from the Naval Academy with three years of eligibility remaining. That clock is currently expected to start ticking with the 2018 season, but Notre Dame has filed an appeal with the NCAA to grant Gilman eligibility in 2017, though he would still have only three […]

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