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Updated: 2018-04-26T00:12:51Z


WordPress.comNotre Dame adds another 2019 commitment out of Georgia


Eight months from now, Notre Dame may be forced to sign a smaller recruiting class than usual thanks to the larger class this past recruiting cycle. If that expectation does indeed hold, this past week’s five commitments, including consensus three-star safety Kyle Hamilton’s (Marist High School; Atlanta) on Tuesday evening, will be a hefty portion

Blue-Gold Game Leftovers: Notre Dame’s offensive ceiling is tantalizing, though also unlikely


Immediately following the 2017 spring game, I walked by two much smarter, savvier and more veteran Notre Dame reporters on our way to post-game interviews. Our two minutes of exchange included them riffing on various hypothetical position changes that were eventually not seen come fall, including how much better of a guard than a tackle

Notre Dame gains commitments of four-star defensive end and three-star offensive tackle


At this rate, Notre Dame might fill its 2019 recruiting class by the time the school year ends. With a Sunday morning commitment of a consensus four-star defensive end followed by a Monday evening pledge from a consensus three-star offensive tackle, the Irish class has grown from three recruits to seven in just four days.

Former Notre Dame defensive lineman, Kona Schwenke, dies at 25


Former Notre Dame defensive lineman Kona Schwenke, 25, reportedly died in his sleep Sunday morning. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Things We Learned: Wimbush’s and Claypool’s proven potential raises Notre Dame’s ceiling


It may have just been an intrasquad scrimmage in April, but the Blue-Gold Game included the most-consistent performance seen by the public in rising-senior quarterback Brandon Wimbush’s career at Notre Dame. Looking through 2017’s game-by-game stats, no other showing comes very close to Saturday’s 19-of-33 passing for 341 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

Wimbush’s mechanics, Notre Dame’s receivers shine in Blue-Gold Game


Brian Kelly and his staff have maintained the party line of an open quarterback competition this spring between Brandon Wimbush and rising-junior Ian Book.

Blue-Gold Game Primer: Who, what, when, where and why


WHO? Notre Dame’s offense (Blue) against its defense (Gold). WHAT? Spring games are often misconstrued as actual games. They are, in all of reality, the 15th and final practice of spring. Thus, the time on the field cannot exceed two hours, and the second half will consist of only two 12-minute quarters with a running

Four-star OL John Olmstead chooses Notre Dame over Michigan


With the addition of a consensus four-star offensive lineman, Notre Dame gained its fourth commitment in the class of 2019 on Friday afternoon. John Olmstead (St. Joseph High School; Metuchen, N.J.) becomes the first offensive lineman to join the class. He cited the tradition of the Irish program as a key factor to his decision.

Things To Learn: Notre Dame’s running game and depth lead Blue-Gold Game questions


For every strong performance in tomorrow’s conclusion to Notre Dame’s spring practices, a misstep or mistake will inherently match. If rising-senior running back Dexter Williams breaks loose for a 40-yard touchdown run, a critic might note the lack of speed in the Irish secondary. Should the Notre Dame defensive line wreak havoc in the backfield

Notre Dame announces two-game series with Alabama


A decade from now, Notre Dame and Alabama will meet in the regular season for the first time since 1987, a 37-6 victory for the Irish. Notre Dame announced a home-and-home series with the Crimson Tide for 2028 and 2029. Both contests will open their respective seasons. Notre Dame Stadium will host the first leg

As linebacker depth questions persist, Notre Dame turns to a safety


Go back a month in this space and of the biggest questions entering Notre Dame’s spring practices, a defensive reserve merited mentioning. “Another early-enrolled freshman could be the answer to the question of, who will be the fourth linebacker?” It looks less and less likely the Irish will rely on a freshman to provide the

Monday’s Leftovers: Wimbush’s accuracy, finally five offensive linemen & Jay Hayes’ destination


If Brandon Wimbush excelled in Notre Dame’s 12th spring practice Saturday — and all reports indicate he did — then it was an anomaly only in that Irish head coach Brian Kelly has not seen such a complete two-hour performance from the rising-senior in the previous 11 sessions. Wimbush’s progress throughout this spring, though, made

An unlikely, and young, candidate enters the Notre Dame safety fray


An early-enrolled freshman has a lot on his plate. From getting up to speed in collegiate coursework to being exposed to a genuine strength and conditioning program, much of the challenge comes away from the field. It is to be expected. In the case of receiver Micah Jones, Notre Dame receivers coach Del Alexander argued

Crawford’s health and Pride’s progress strengthen Notre Dame’s cornerbacks beyond Love


Todd Lyght’s, and Notre Dame’s, embarrassment of riches forces him to downplay a second-team All-American. Lyght must convince himself, the Irish cornerbacks and the media paying excessive attention to the April depth chart that both the field and the boundary coverage positions are up for grabs. If rising-junior Julian Love has already secured the latter,

Monday’s Leftovers: Notre Dame turns to 2 juniors with Hayes’ transfer; New indoor field announced


Even if he had not decided to transfer this spring, fifth-year defensive end Jay Hayes (pictured above) would not likely have started for Notre Dame in the fall. Irish head coach Brian Kelly said the improved play from rising-junior Khalid Kareem was forcing Hayes, a 13-game starter in 2017, into a backup role. “We felt

DE Jay Hayes to transfer from Notre Dame


Notre Dame fifth-year defensive end Jay Hayes announced he will finish his college career elsewhere Friday evening via Twitter. With one year of eligibility remaining, Hayes will be immediately eligible wherever he ends up thanks to his graduation in May. “I just want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the love and support

‘Limitations’ continue to define Notre Dame’s safeties


Asked a simple question about Devin Studstill, Notre Dame safeties coach Terry Joseph used it to make a broader point. The fact that his overview came in response to a thought of the rising-junior safety implies the point applies to Studstill, but it also sheds light on all the Irish safeties. “All those guys are

Notre Dame’s receivers hope for a big-play future, unlike their past


Although Notre Dame lost its two leading receivers from 2017, one to the NFL draft and one to repeated off-field mistakes, the need to find replacements is less urgent than it is at running back. That is not an inherent good thing. Rather, it is a reflection of the lack of production from last year’s

Two backs without a single college carry key to Notre Dame’s 2018 ground game


No matter how Notre Dame goes about it, replacing 1,830 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground will be difficult. That kind of production does not come around readily, especially when it comes from only two players, one of which accounted for 1,430 yards and nine touchdowns in mounting a brief Heisman campaign. That

Monday’s Leftovers: Notre Dame’s offense searches for reloaded skill positions


When returning 10 starters on defense, much of the springtime conversation will focus on offensive skill positions. Notre Dame needs to replace two starting receivers, Heisman-candidate running back Josh Adams and primary tight end Durham Smythe. Who fills those voids will not be determined this spring, but the conversation has at least begun. In a