Inside the Irish
A quick breakdown of Notre Dame’s defensive roster
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:00:54 +0000
Following a week of moves to and from Notre Dame’s roster, most notably — certainly most positively — on the defensive side, a quick look at the numbers at each position can shine a light on the months to come. Just like last week’s brief glance at the offense, the order of this listing is
Stepherson may get the headlines, but loss of two RBs will cost Notre Dame most
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:00:09 +0000
Notre Dame split with four players Tuesday night, two of them having a more noticeable ripple effect than the others. Kevin Stepherson’s Irish career coming to a premature conclusion became an inevitability in December. The sophomore receiver forced the issue with back-to-back legal missteps underscoring a disregard for what must have already been a zero-tolerance
Kevin Stepherson, three others no longer on Notre Dame roster
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:44:50 +0000
Kevin Stepherson, Deon McIntosh, C.J. Holmes and Brandon Tiassum are no longer with the program.
Notre Dame returns entire defensive line with DT Bonner’s fifth-year decision
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:36:59 +0000
Notre Dame’s defensive line will return intact in 2018. Irish head coach Brian Kelly confirmed senior defensive tackle Jonathan Bonner has changed his mind and will return for a fifth season Tuesday. Jonathan's an awesome kid. He could’ve moved on with his degree from ND, but he decided to return to further his education and
Seven early enrollees set a new Notre Dame high, but will they make an impact?
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:00:44 +0000
Notre Dame does not lean on high school seniors to enroll a semester early, yet seven did so this year, a program high. By no means does the head-start guarantee an immediate impact. As discussed in Monday’s Leftovers, only four of the 14 early enrollees in the last three years made notable contributions their freshmen
Notre Dame’s 2018 defense bolstered with Coney & Tillery returns
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:45:43 +0000
Notre Dame’s defense found some stability last week with the promotion of linebackers coach Clark Lea to defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Mike Elston to associate head coach following Mike Elko’s abrupt departure, but only some stability. That foundation is much more solid now after the Irish announced the returns of both junior linebacker
Monday’s Leftovers: Coney & Tillery once enrolled early at Notre Dame, now to the NFL or not?
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:00:05 +0000
Today marks two occasions. It is the day before Notre Dame begins its spring semester. In other words, it is the day before this year’s seven early enrollees begin classes. It is also the deadline for early entrants to file for the NFL draft. There are two common threads to the separate events. Junior linebacker
9-win, 30-TD quarterbacks like Wimbush are rare; Links to read
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:00:17 +0000
It is not easy to win nine or 10 games in one season. It is not easy for Notre Dame, for any team, and it is not easy for a quarterback. If granting the premise the Irish would have won at North Carolina if junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush had not sprained his foot the weekend
A quick breakdown of Notre Dame’s offensive roster
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:00:44 +0000
While Notre Dame awaits stay-or-go decisions from junior linebacker Te’von Coney and junior defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, its offensive side of the roster is set … for now. As was briefly discussed in the most-recent “Monday’s Leftovers,” the Irish roster is currently at 87 players. That could rise as high as 90 if the incoming
Harry Hiestand leaves Notre Dame on good terms and in good shape
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:00:21 +0000
There are no hard feelings between Notre Dame and departing offensive line coach Harry Hiestand as he heads to the Chicago Bears. That much was most clear when the Irish released a statement not only from head coach Brian Kelly but also from Hiestand late Wednesday evening, a clear difference from just last week when
Reports: Notre Dame loses Harry Hiestand to the Chicago Bears
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:15:41 +0000
A day after securing what seemed to be some coaching staff stability, Notre Dame may lose its most-established assistant coach to the NFL. The Chicago Tribune reports Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand will join the Chicago Bears and their new head coach, Matt Nagy. NBC Sports Chicago’s JJ Stankevitz confirmed the report. Hiestand has
Notre Dame promoting Lea & Elston bodes well for at least the short term
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:30:50 +0000
Following the debacle of 2016, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly had little choice but to look across the country to fill out his coaching staff. On the Pacific Coast, he found Tom(my) Rees, bringing back the former Irish quarterback from the San Diego Chargers to tutor a new generation at that position. Del Alexander
Report: Notre Dame to promote Clark Lea to defensive coordinator
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:40:28 +0000
Notre Dame will replace former defensive coordinator Mike Elko from within, according to a report from Yahoo.com’s Pete Thamel. SOURCES: Notre Dame expected to promote linebacker coach Clark Lea to defensive coordinator. — Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 9, 2018 Lea joined Irish coach Brian Kelly’s staff along with Elko last offseason, coming from a season
Monday’s Leftovers: On Notre Dame’s dual needs at defensive coordinator
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:30:06 +0000
Notre Dame’s search for a defensive coordinator hinges on a balance of the near and distant futures. Ideally, Irish coach Brian Kelly would find someone who would both maintain schematic consistency and has a penchant for developing talent with time. Neither of those traits is a common one on its own. Thus, the combination will
U.S. Army All-American Bowl, featuring five Notre Dame signees: Who, what, when, etc.
Sat, 06 Jan 2018 11:00:05 +0000
WHO? More than a hundred of the best high school seniors of the class of 2018, including five Notre Dame signees and two more targets, one of which will announce his commitment during the game. The signed commits: Consensus four-star quarterback Phil Jurkovec. Rivals.com four-star tight end George Takacs. Consensus four-star defensive tackle Jayson Ademilola.
One-time Notre Dame Heisman candidate, Josh Adams declares for the NFL
Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:11:59 +0000
It would have been an ideal scenario for Notre Dame if junior running back Josh Adams returned for his senior year, but that may not have been in his best interests. Thus, Adams announced Friday afternoon he will head to the NFL. “With a lot of thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I’ve decided
Friday at 4: Notre Dame not at fault in Mike Elko’s departure, but the next decision could determine 2018
Fri, 05 Jan 2018 09:00:05 +0000
Today, it certainly seems like defensive coordinator Mike Elko left Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly holding the bag, exactly how much cash was within it notwithstanding. Elko’s departure for Texas A&M after only one season with the Irish comes as a surprise because the defense improved so drastically in his one season, because it
Notre Dame’s leading receiver, Equanimeous St. Brown, heads to the NFL
Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:51:10 +0000
Notre Dame junior receiver Equanimeous St. Brown will heed his father’s advice and head to the NFL with a year of eligibility remaining. Each of the past two seasons, St. Brown led the Irish in receiving yards and receptions, also leading in caught touchdowns last year while finishing second in that category this season to
Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko leaves for Texas A&M
Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:52:42 +0000
After just one season at Notre Dame, defensive coordinator Mike Elko will leave the Irish to accept the same position with Texas A&M. “We appreciate [Elko’s] work and effort over the last year with our program and wish him the best moving forward,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement shortly after
Things We Learned from the season: 10-3 Notre Dame is two glaring holes from being much more
Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:00:09 +0000
How do you turn 4-8 into 10-3? Start with better coaching. Add in thought-out offensive scheming to hide an inexperienced quarterback’s deficiencies. Then rely on defensive strengths to compensate for undeniable weaknesses. It also helps to have been more talented than that 4-8 reflected in the first place. Now, how do you turn 10-3 into

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