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Notre Dame TE Ben Koyack's "college production belies his pro potential," believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Koyack was named to the 2014 FBS All-Independent Team after posting 30 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Zierlein compares Koyack to Luke Wilson. "Underutilized in the passing game while at Notre Dame," Zierlein wrote. "Strong understanding and execution as a run blocker with the physical traits to be a tough matchup in the passing game. Still raw as a receiver and will need more individual work with a position coach on the next level. College production belies his pro potential." The 6-foot-5, 261-pound Koyack checks in as Zierlein's No. 8 TE in the class.
Mar 21 - 4:29 PM

Notre Dame graduate senior OL Matt Hegarty will take an official visit to Florida State this weekend.

Hegarty will transfer. As a graduate, he's eligible to play immediately in 2015. He would apparently be a frontrunner to replace Cameron Erving at center for the Noles. The tough-as-nails Hegarty overcame a stroke in 2012 to start 11 of 13 games for the Irish at center and guard in 2014. He's a former four-star recruit.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 19 - 7:05 PM

Notre Dame senior Nick Martin is moving to C for his final year.

Martin, Zack's brother, played at guard last season. The school's starting center from last season, Matt Hegarty, announced he would transfer for the 2015 season, and Martin does have experience at the anchor position. Between Martin and Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame has two of the top offensive line prospects for the 2016 class.
Mar 17 - 12:20 PM

Notre Dame graduate senior OL Matt Hegarty will transfer for the 2015 season.

Hegarty overcame a stroke in 2012 to start 11 of 13 games at center and guard in 2014. "Recently my coaches informed me that they wanted me to change positions," Hegarty said, adding coaches wanted to use more of a rotation along the line. Hegarty likely wants to transfer to a secure starting spot.
Source: ESPN
Mar 4 - 1:08 PM

Cal graduate S Avery Sebastian will transfer to Notre Dame for his final season.

Sebastian started six games while at Cal. Sebastian was injured in back to back months in 2013 and missed the majority of the season.
Feb 18 - 11:29 AM

Notre Dame has added Mike Sanford from Boise State as the school's next OC and QBs coach.

"Sanford is the type of candidate that could ultimately be a successor to Kelly down the road," Steve Wiltfong writes. Sanford, a Boise State graduate from 2005, is one of the up and coming coaches and recently interviewed with Ohio State and Oregon State. He has also spent time at Stanford, Yale and Western Kentucky.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 11 - 12:46 PM

Notre Dame OC Mike Denbrock turned down the Central Michigan head coaching job, according to Keith Arnold.

Denbrock chose to stay with Brian Kelly rather than lead a program, which likely sheds a light on his faith in the Notre Dame program and Kelly. Denbrock just turned 51 and missed the first few weeks of preseason camp in 2014 after undergoing an undisclosed medical procedure.
Feb 10 - 9:54 AM

ESPN's RecruitingNation compares Notre Dame commit WR Equanimeous St. Brown to former Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews.

"We see similar opportunistic play, frame upside, strong hands, deceptive explosion and instincts as a receiver that Matthews showed out of high school," wrote Tom Luginbill and Erik McKinney. St. Brown's father is former Mr. Universe John Brown. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder picked the Irish over Stanford, UCLA, USC and Utah. "St. Brown has excellent frame development upside but also has the intangibles at the position that should allow him to make a smooth transition to the college level," noted ESPN. "Physically he is ready to step in and play. He could be a significant red zone weapon because he is a mismatch for smaller defensive backs."
Feb 8 - 6:57 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Notre Dame DB Cody Riggs was snubbed from the combine.

"After four seasons at Florida, Riggs was a graduate transfer for the Irish in 2014 and was the most consistent Notre Dame defensive back," Brugler wrote. "He has the light footwork and toughness to fight for a nickel role as a rookie." The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder spent three seasons at corner for the Florida Gators before a foot injury in 2012 allowed him to take a medical redshirt. He ultimately transferred to Notre Dame. Riggs also has experience at safety.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 7 - 10:36 PM

Notre Dame senior TE Ben Koyack "came into the week with mixed reviews from scouts, but it's hard to find many personnel men who have anything positive to say about his week of practice," noted NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Koyack struggled in one-on-one blocking drills Thursday and looked stiff and slow in his routes, according to several scouts," Zierlein wrote. "While [Clive] Walford solidified his draft standing, Koyack appears to have hurt his stock." The 6-foot-5, 261-pound Koyack "is a reliable possession target with fluid routes and an aggressive catching radius to attack the ball with his hands," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Jan 24 - 5:59 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior S Eilar Hardy will transfer after graduating this spring.

Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated listed Bowling Green, Miami (OH), Purdue, and UConn as possible destinations. Chuck Martin, previously Notre Dame’s secondary coach and defensive coordinator, is the head coach at Miami. Hardy, a former four-star recruit, played in 15 games over the past two seasons. He was suspended for part of the 2014 season due to an academic investigation. Wherever he ends up, Hardy will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.
Jan 23 - 8:08 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior WR DaVaris Daniels declared for the NFL Draft.

Daniels, who had one final year of eligibility remaining, showed up on Monday’s final list of players granted special eligibility for the draft, released three days after the underclassmen deadline. The 6-foot-2, 203-pounder was suspended this past season along with four teammates during the school's academic dishonesty investigation. "As far as talent, I think you can make an argument he’s got early-round talent," draft analyst Scott Wright of said, "but the question marks are going to push him down into day three." Daniels recorded 49 catches for 745 yards and seven scores in 2013.
Source: ND Insider
Jan 19 - 8:28 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore T Ronnie Stanley will return to school in 2015.

By all reports, Stanley was truly split on his decision. In the end, he will return for one final season in the hopes of making a run at the National Championship. He was Josh Norris' top rated tackle in this class in only his first season as a starter on the left side of the line.
Jan 13 - 6:00 PM

According to Brett McMuprhy, 24 schools (six in the SEC) have expressed interest in Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson if he decides to transfer.

LSU has already been linked to Golson, and we would expect South Carolina (his home state) and North Carolina (where he first committed) to be brought up during the process. Golson will not graduate until this spring, but he will be eligible to immediately transfer and play once doing so. We really like Golson's traits but the total package has not been consistent.
Jan 12 - 10:51 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore T Ronnie Stanley "remains very much undecided on if he'll head back to school or take on the NFL," reports Bleacher Report's Matt Miller.

"Stanley may be the first tackle drafted if he enters the 2015 class," Miller added. This report jives with Yahoo! Sports' dispatch last week that Stanley is "very much on the fence" about turning pro or returning to school. We rank Stanley as the class' best tackle. The deadline to declare is January 15.
Jan 11 - 7:47 PM

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