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Indefinitely suspended Notre Dame senior CB Devin Butler has been formally charged with resisting law enforcement and battery of a police officer.

These were the expected charges following Butler's altercation with law enforcement outside of the Linebacker Lounge over the weekend. They arrived on the scene after a report of a patron fighting with security. According to the probable cause affidavit, the 6-foot, 195-pounder pushed a police officer and tackled him to the ground before a taser was used to settle the wideout. Both charges being levied against him are Level 6 felonies carrying up to 2 1/2 years in prison. Notre Dame has a policy to dismiss students arrested on felony charges, but for the time being, Butler remains indefinitely suspended with the team.
Source: ND Insider
Aug 23 - 3:23 PM

Notre Dame indefinitely suspended senior CB Devin Butler following his arrest on Saturday.

Per a probable cause affidavit, Butler punched a police officer outside of a bar and then tackled him. Authorities eventually were forced to use a stun gun on the 6-foot, 195-pounder. HC Brian Kelly said that he has spoken with Butler, as well as the five Irish players arrested for marijuana possession in a separate incident on Friday. One of those five -- safety Max Redfield -- has been dismissed from the team. "Their conduct fell short of what we expect from those who represent our football team and this great university," Kelly said in a statement.
Aug 21 - 7:17 PM

Notre Dame dismissed senior S Max Redfield following his arrest on Friday.

Redfield and four other Notre Dame players were arrested after they were caught speeding. The officer who pulled them over smelled marijuana and a drug dog was subsequently used to sniff out the vehicle. Redfield and two others (WR Kevin Stepherson and RB Dexter Williams) were also charged with possession of an unlicensed handgun. Redfield alone has been dismissed here. This isn't his first brush with discipline. The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder was suspended for a violation of team rules prior to Notre Dame's Fiesta Bowl showdown with Ohio State this past winter. Redfield's future plans are not yet known at this time.
Aug 21 - 7:00 PM

A probable cause affidavit relating to Saturday's arrest of Notre Dame senior CB Devin Butler details that authorities needed to use a stun gun on him after he punched and tackled a police officer.

According to the affidavit, Butler punched a police officer outside of the Linebacker Lounge bar before driving him into the ground. Officers eventually had to use a stun gun to subdue the 6-foot, 195-pound corner. The St. Joseph County prosecutor's office is still investigating the matter to determine whether formal charges will be filed, but if they are, he could face counts of resisting law enforcement and battery to a police officer -- both felonies which could lead to his dismissal from the university.
Aug 21 - 2:47 PM

Notre Dame senior CB Devin Butler was arrested on Saturday and faces felony counts of battery to law enforcement and resisting law enforcement.

Details are still few and far between here. Butler was arrested at the Linebacker Lounge, a popular bar on campus, in the wee hours of Saturday morning. The university is investigating the arrest and circumstance while sorting out potential disciplinary action. It should be noted that felony charges put Butler in danger of a possible dismissal from Notre Dame. On top of all of that, the 6-foot, 195-pounder is currently on the mend from a fractured foot suffered earlier this offseason. In addition to Butler's arrest on Saturday, five other Irish players -- headlined by S Max Redfield -- were arrested in a separate incident on Friday. HC Brian Kelly has probably had better weekends.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 12:28 PM

Notre Dame senior S Max Redfield and four other Notre Dame players were arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges on Friday night.

In addition to Redfield, LB Te'von Coney, RB Dexter Williams, CB Ashton White and WR Kevin Stepherson were also arrested. The quintet was pulled over after an officer recorded them going 73 mph in a 60 mph zone. A drug dog was used to investigate the vehicle after the officer in question noted the smell of marijuana. Redfield, Stepherson and Williams have also been charged with possession of an unlicensed handgun. There should be plenty of fallout to come from this over the next week as the case is sorted out. Suspensions for the opener against Texas could certainly be in play, here.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 20 - 12:12 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly indicated that both redshirt sophomore DeShone Kizer and junior Malik Zaire will play quarterback against Texas in the season-opener.

Oh boy, here we go. One of the thornier offseason questions has been how, exactly, Kelly would choose between his two talented signal-callers. While several reports have spoken to a lean toward Kizer as the starter over the summer, Kelly has not yet reached that point. At least not for the opener. "It was counterintuitive for me to take one of them off the field," Kelly explained. How the Irish juggle their gunslingers for the season as a whole remains to be seen.
Aug 17 - 2:26 PM

ESPN's Kevin Carter believes redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer is "the guy" for Notre Dame this season.

Carter hints that the information came from former Rams teammate Todd Lyght, who is now the defensive backs coach for the Irish. Beat writer Pete Sampson warns to not read "too much" into Carter's proclamation, but it would not be a surprise. When Malik Zaire went down with an injury, Kizer stepped in and played at a high level. He has a huge arm and functional mobility, but the area Kizer needs to improve on is his awareness in the pocket to find operable space. So many teams would love to have either Kizer or Zaire starting for them.
Aug 10 - 9:54 AM

An anonymous FBS coach told Athlon "I’d buy stock" in Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer.

"I didn’t see [Malik] Zaire in person, but I’d buy stock in Kizer based on what I saw last year," he said. "He’s more accurate throwing the ball downfield, and he’s a mentally tough kid who doesn’t seem to get rattled by anything. If they can protect him, he gives them an opportunity to run more of the Brian Kelly playbook, which they really had to scale down for the last guy." A different coach quoted in the piece came with a different perspective on the situation. "The X-factor that could swing it to Zaire is they’ll take a step back on the offensive line," he said. "They don’t have another Ronnie Stanley, and Nick Martin started every game for three years, so that’s a lot to replace up front, and they may want a guy who can make plays with his feet." We don't get a vote, but we'd opt for Kizer at QB while shifting Zaire Braxton Miller-like into an offensive weapon role.
Aug 6 - 11:37 AM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said that he "[does not] know what will happen" in the team's August quarterback competition.

"For me to stand here right now and tell you one guy's going to be the starter every single game would be foolish of me," Kelly said, indicating that both redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer and junior QB Malik Zaire could see playing time depending on the flow of the game (he should probably ask Ohio State HC Urban Meyer how that went for the Buckeyes last year). ESPN's Travis Haney relayed in mid-May that Kizer -- who started every game after Zaire went down with a broken ankle against Virginia in the second week of the 2015 campaign -- held an edge of at least some degree out of spring practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 5 - 3:52 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly pointed to sophomore WRs C.J. Sanders and Equanimeous St. Brown as players who need to step up opposite Torii Hunter Jr.

The Irish lost Will Fuller and Chris Brown to the NFL, plus Corey Robinson retired, so plenty of new names will be catching passes from Malik Zaire or Deshone Kizer. Sanders caught one pass for no yards last year. St. Brown matched that one catch, but traveled eight yards on his reception. If these receivers can step up, Notre Dame can absolutely be a real contender.
Aug 5 - 11:13 AM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 LB Matthew Bauer.

"There isn't a better place," Bauer said. "I love that place." The 6-foot-3, 202-pounder received his Notre Dame offer following a midweek unofficial visit, with the commitment following a short time later. While reading too much into high school stats can be a doomed proposition, the numbers Bauer posted as a sophomore at Cathedral Prep School are worth a gander. Last season, he registered 111 tackles (11 for loss) and 3.5 sacks. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 171 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle, with outlet analyst Brian Dohn writing that he "can plug the middle in the running game, and is gaining comfort and confidence in dropping into coverage."
Source: Scout.com
Aug 4 - 12:43 PM

Notre Dame sophomore TE Alizé Jones has been ruled academically ineligible and will miss the 2016 season.

This one hurts. The Irish, depleted at receiver following the departures of Will Fuller and Corey Robinson, were counting on the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Jones to break out in a big way this fall. In his Irish preview, SB Nation's Bill Connelly wrote that the former four-star recruit may now "be ready to star." Instead, the move tight end will hit the books. Irish coach Brian Kelly said Jones will remain on the team and continue to practice.
Source: USA Today
Aug 3 - 8:22 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said he wants to finish his coaching career with the Fighting Irish.

"Again, from my perspective, you never say never because things change, but my desire was to be here at Notre Dame and to win a national championship," Kelly told Jim Rome. The head coach will turn 55 in October and he even expressed his surprise he's made it six years with the Irish after moving from Cincinnati. Notre Dame has one of the best quarterback situations in all of college football, but the choice of Malik Zaire versus DeShone Kizer is a difficult one.
Source: MLive
Aug 1 - 10:58 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer has "an arm to make all the NFL throws," writes NFL.com's Lance Zierlein.

Before he can wow pro scouts, Kizer must fend off Malik Zaire for the starting job next month. "Kizer is much bigger than Zaire, but still offers dual-threat qualities that are appealing in today's NFL," Zierlein wrote. "Kizer will be an intriguing prospect no matter how the Irish quarterback battle goes in fall camp." The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Kizer collected 2,596 passing yards and a 19/9 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 499 yards and nine touchdowns last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 11:52 AM


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