Inside the Irish
Notre Dame’s Opponents: Vanderbilt
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:00:39 +0000
Derek Mason was not knocking Notre Dame, no matter what the Stadium looked like the last time an SEC team visited. (Read: Georgia.) Rather, the Vanderbilt head coach was simply pulling from the bottomless pool of coach-speak deployed at conference media days. “We play in the SEC. I don’t worry about going to South Bend,”
Three Michigan natives may (finally) provide Notre Dame a genuine pass rush
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:00:43 +0000
A year ago, the greatest and most obvious roster worry for Notre Dame was its defensive line. Irish head coach Brian Kelly and, arguably more notably, eventual consensus first-team All-American left tackle Mike McGlinchey both spoke highly of the unproven defensive front, but the fact that it returned literally zero sacks from 2016 resonated louder.
Notre Dame’s Opponents: Ball State
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:00:15 +0000
Maybe the ideal Notre Dame schedule this season would open with Ball State before hosting Michigan in 18 days. That would parallel last year’s Georgia-after-Temple sequence. While it would rob spaces such as this the enjoyment of hyping the Wolverines’ arrival all summer, it would also undoubtedly give the Irish a softer entry to the
Leftovers & Links: Notre Dame’s preseason continues with contact drills and ‘Players of the Day’
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:30:48 +0000
Notre Dame has not yet begun thinking about Michigan, and will not for another week, per Irish head coach Brian Kelly on Saturday. Before that preparation begins, Notre Dame will focus on contact in preseason practice this week. Kelly specifically cited wanting to see the converted running back duo of sophomores Jafar Armstrong and Avery
Notre Dame’s Opponents: Michigan
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:00:59 +0000
It has been a refrain for nearly four full years now. “Michigan hasn’t scored against Notre Dame in 1,802 days.” It is a misleading statistic, including a total of one game in that span, but a fun piece of bragging rights, nonetheless. The Irish fan’s memory of the 31-0 victory, the last time the two
Counting Down the Irish: Too high? Too low? Just right?
Sat, 11 Aug 2018 10:00:04 +0000
Notre Dame will rely on its defense and offensive line this season, so when the “Counting Down The Irish” top 25 includes 11 defenders and all five starting offensive linemen, it makes sense. That logic was confirmed when the top five consisted of solely those such players. I did not submit a top-25 ranking for
Friday at 4: Things Notre Dame has learned thus far into preseason
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:00:53 +0000
When a Sunday baptism precedes a Saturday wedding, you end up at a rescheduled Notre Dame practice Thursday. It only makes sense. Even if it didn’t, it fits the job description. Though only the sixth practice of the Irish preseason, and coming more than three full weeks yet before Michigan arrives in town, Thursday marked
Counting Down the Irish: 5 to 1
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 10:00:37 +0000
When considering All-Americans, a player is deemed consensus if he shows up on at least half of the recognized lists. Using that definition, all of Notre Dame’s top-five players are consensus top-five when considering the greatest individual impacts expected from the Irish. The name leading the way was unanimously in the top-five and rates as
Counting Down the Irish: 10 to 6
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:00:33 +0000
Brandon Wimbush may have finished last season with a completion percentage less than 50 percent, but he also accounted for 30 touchdowns total. That disparity likely explains his complete lack of movement between this ranking and the one published a year ago. He produced, but not in such a way to push the senior quarterback
Counting Down the Irish: 15 to 11
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:00:16 +0000
Of this top 25, 14 players were unanimous selections among the dozen ballots. Notre Dame sophomore right tackle Robert Hainsey was not one of them, yet he rated so highly on seven particular ballots, he snuck past one of those unanimous selections. 25: Jonathan Bonner, fifth-year defensive tackle, 29 points 24: Tyler Newsome, fifth-year punter
Counting Down the Irish: 20 to 16
Tue, 07 Aug 2018 10:00:22 +0000
Of the 13 players appearing in both last year’s “Counting Down the Irish” and the present iteration, only three regressed down the rankings. Oddly enough, all three fell into today’s grouping. No. 25 Jonathan Bonner, fifth-year defensive tackle, 29 points. No. 24 Tyler Newsome, fifth-year punter and captain, 30 points. No. 23 Liam Eichenberg, junior
Leftovers & Links: Notre Dame will (probably) not wear green; freshmen will need to be ready for Michigan
Mon, 06 Aug 2018 18:00:48 +0000
Being “Counting Down the Irish” week, let’s offer a teaser of what is to come by Friday: Four Notre Dame seniors or fifth-years received all the first-place votes in the balloting of a dozen media members. What should not surprise: All four line up in the middle of the field, which makes sense considering the
Counting Down the Irish: 25 to 21
Mon, 06 Aug 2018 10:00:43 +0000
The arbitrary cutoff line of a top 25 left out Notre Dame freshman safety Houston Griffith, senior defensive back Nick Coleman and sophomore receiver Michael Young, the leaders among those Others Receiving Votes. The “Counting Down the Irish” top 25 does include 11 defensive players compared to 12 offensive, along with two special teams stalwarts.
Counting Down the Irish: Others Receiving Votes
Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:30:24 +0000
Houston Griffith finished oh-so-close. In the annual “Counting Down the Irish” series, the freshman safety finished just three points outside Notre Dame’s top-25, leading the way among both freshmen and those “Others Receiving Votes.” The annual polling of a dozen media members on the Irish football beat hopefully results in a wisdom of the crowd
With three QBs and six RBs to tend to, Notre Dame’s preseason work awaits
Thu, 02 Aug 2018 17:11:14 +0000
Irish head coach Brian Kelly did not reveal much about Notre Dame’s depth chart in previewing preseason practice.
Things To Learn: Notre Dame’s preseason dotted by questions at complementary positions
Thu, 02 Aug 2018 10:00:29 +0000
There could yet be an Irish quarterback competition this preseason, but it might not be between the two players you think.
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 2 Dexter Williams, senior running back
Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:00:25 +0000
Listed Measurements: 5-foot-11, 203 pounds 2018-19 year, eligibility: A senior, Williams has one season of eligibility remaining. Depth chart: If all things were known and equal, Williams and junior Tony Jones would be listed on the Irish depth chart as starters with an “OR” designation. If both are available, the play call will determine which
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 2 Jordan Genmark Heath, safety-turned-linebacker
Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:00:37 +0000
Listed Measurements: 6-foot-¾, 211 pounds 2018-19 year, eligibility: Sophomore with three seasons of eligibility remaining, including 2018. Depth chart: Genmark Heath’s move to Buck linebacker makes his place on the depth chart quite clear: He backs up fifth-year Drue Tranquill and has only freshmen competing with him for that duty, namely Jack Lamb and, to
Leftovers & Links: The greatest preseason goal, Notre Dame’s maturation amid chaos
Mon, 30 Jul 2018 15:00:56 +0000
By the end of the week, Notre Dame will have taken the practice fields. Our long national nightmare is nearing its end: Football season is near. Even preseason practice promises new talking points. The primary conversation around the Irish will be an old one, though. It will not be a debate about the starting quarterback
Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 3 Avery Davis, running back – receiver – quarterback
Mon, 30 Jul 2018 10:00:04 +0000
Listed Measurements: 5-foot-11, 203 pounds 2018-19 year, eligibility: Sophomore with four seasons of eligibility remaining, including 2018. Depth chart: Let’s disregard the quarterback depth chart; three passers would need to go down for the season in order for Davis to be called upon there. At running back, Davis fits in among a quartet of unproven

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