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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.
Source: NFL.com
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 draftcountdown.com 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

Notre Dame junior DL Sheldon Day will return to school for his senior season.

"After talking with my family, friends and coaches at Notre Dame, I’ve decided to return for my senior year with the Irish," Day said. "While the process leading up to this decision was difficult, ultimately my decision to return was easy. I love this school, my teammates and this coaching staff. I just felt it was in my best interest to play another year for Notre Dame." Day requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board last month. We never heard what he was told. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Day has first-round upside, though that talent isn't always apparent on film. Because of that, returning to school was the right call. "It pretty much goes without saying that I’m excited to know that Sheldon has chosen to return for his senior year at Notre Dame," said head coach Brian Kelly. "Most importantly, this decision keeps him on track to graduate in May."
Jan 10 - 11:30 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said Thursday that he expects Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson to remain at school and compete for the starting job in 2015.

"I’ve talked to Everett. Everett needs to come back and go through spring ball," Kelly said. "He’s ready to compete, and he will compete in the spring. He’s going to graduate in the spring, and that’s going to allow him to leave his options open. But I expect him to be back (for the fall of 2015) and competing for the starting positions." If you'll notice, Kelly allowed for the possibility of a transfer. We still see that as the most logical end game here. Malik Zaire will likely enter spring practices as the favorite to start. If Golson had no pro future, sticking around to share time might be in his best interest. But he'll enter next year with Day 3 grades and the possibility to work his way into Day 2 with a great season. Why not transfer to a school with a QB opening and a style that fits your game, as Russell Wilson -- whom Golson is often compared to -- once did?
Jan 8 - 11:08 PM

Any reports of Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson considering a transfer to another program are untrue, according to independent QB coach George Whitfield.

"I've been in close contact with him & his family and he's a Domer!" Whitfield tweeted. Golson and Whitfield have worked together for quite some time, specifically when Golson took a semester off due to academic issues. We still think there is a strong chance Golson transfer sonce graduating from Notre Dame this May.
Jan 6 - 10:21 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore T Ronnie Stanley is "still very much on the fence" about turning pro or returning to school, according to Rand Getlin.

"Those sources say Stanley is one of the few underclassmen left who really doesn't know what he's going to do. "He's truly 50/50" said one," Getlin tweeted. Many prospects say they are on the fence, but are actually leaning one way. This does not seem to be the case for Stanley, who still has two years of eligibility remaining. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has ranked Stanley as the top tackle in this class for a few months. The deadline to declare is January 15.
Jan 6 - 9:59 AM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson has reached out to LSU about a potential graduate transfer, according to beat writer Jim Kleinpeter.

Notre Dame just played LSU in their bowl win, in which Golson saw a few snaps as the No. 2 quarterback. He is on pace to graduate in May and will likely transfer if Malik Zaire is starting for the Irish next season, which is expected. "LSU is exploring the possibility but would have to obtain a waiver from the conference office since Golson was declared academically ineligible for the 2012 season," Kleinpeter writes. Golson would be eligible to play immediately, and we think he is far better than Anthony Jennings.
Source: NOLA
Jan 5 - 2:30 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Notre Dame redshirt sophomore T Ronnie Stanley "has left an impression on scouts, showing the combination of length and agility teams crave at left tackle."

"Stanley is just a redshirt sophomore, who made the switch to left tackle this year to replace Dallas' first round pick Zack Martin. Already, however, the 6-foot-6, 318 pounder has left an impression on scouts, showing the combination of length and agility teams crave at left tackle," Rang wrote. The Notre Dame prospect has requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board and is strongly considering a jump to the NFL. Rang notes that the 2015 crop of tackles is strong, but thinks "many of the players project best to the right side, which could make Stanley highly sought after come draft-day."
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson intends to return to school this spring and is on track to graduate in May, according to Pete Sampson.

If Golson graduates this spring, it would open up a possible graduate transfer to another program. Brian Kelly went with freshman Malik Zaire in the school's bowl game and used Golson sparingly, likely due to the QB's 22 turnovers this year. Call us crazy, but we still like the tools Golson presents. He can absolutely start for another big program.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 01:44:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt freshman QB Malik Zaire went 12-for-15 passing for 96 yards and a touchdown and ran for 96 yards and another score in Tuesday's 31-28 victory over LSU in the Music City Bowl.

Zaire couldn't have played much better in his first collegiate start, coming against one of the nation's best defenses, to boot. Everett Golson, meanwhile, went 6-for-11 for 90 yards off the bench. After Brian Kelly decided to start Zaire in this game, and Zaire clearly outplayed Golson, it would be a surprise if Golson returns to school next year. He could opt into the draft, but a horrible two-month-plus stretch of football has decimated his stock to the point that it wouldn't be a surprise if he went undrafted. Golson could also transfer and retain immediate eligibility as a graduate.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 07:38:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt freshman QB Malik Zaire will start over Everett Golson for the bowl game against LSU.

"Brian Kelly says 2014 is the primary concern about this game -- winning it is more important than prepping for 2015," JJ Stankevitz tweeted. Kelly has previously said both quarterbacks will play, however, this might mean Kelly is expecting Zaire to start next season. We think that would push Golson to the NFL. Zaire received his first major game action in a blowout loss to USC, completing 9 of 20 attempts for 170 yards. He added a rushing touchdown.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 02:34:00 PM


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