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Notre Dame fired DC Brian VanGorder.

After last weekend's loss to Michigan State, HC Brian Kelly said that the notion of firing VanGorder was "not even part of the conversation." How things change in the course of seven days. Duke defeated Notre Dame 38-35 on Saturday, winning as a three-touchdown underdog. That was the final straw. Through four games with VanGorder vaguely guiding the ship, Notre Dame had surrendered 134 points. "I have the utmost respect for Brian as both a person and football coach," said Kelly, "but our defense simply isn't where it should be and I believe this change is necessary for the best interest of our program and our student-athletes." Defensive analyst Greg Hudson will take over as defensive coordinator moving forward.
Sep 25 - 7:36 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer completed 22-of-37 passes for a career-high 381 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 38-35 loss to Duke.

He also rushed 14 times for 60 yards and a score. This loss can be pinned on Notre Dame's awful defense, and not its stud quarterback. Kizer was quite good, displaying great accuracy on the deep ball while gouging the Blue Devils on the ground when his receivers were covered. DC Brian Van Gorder is on the hot seat, but Kizer is screaming up draft boards.
Sep 24 - 7:19 PM

Notre Dame redshirt freshman WR Equanimeous St. Brown caught six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-35 loss to Duke.

Notre Dame stuffed a pair of Duke fourth-down conversion attempts and still couldn't put away the Blue Devils in a rough showing that drew boos from the faithful. The secondary couldn't tackle, which was a big, big problem considering the blown coverage issues. The Irish have now lost five of six overall and begin the new season 1-3. St. Brown has been one of the few bright spots this season. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder looks like a future star.
Sep 24 - 7:13 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DT Donovan Jeter.

Jeter took an official visit to the Irish over the weekend and while Notre Dame might not have won the game, they won something more important -- the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder's heart. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman notes that Jeter is "a physically gifted defensive lineman [who] can play multiple positions across the defensive front" and adds that "[h]e has the frame to bulk up and play defensive tackle but he is also quick enough off the line of scrimmage to play the strongside defensive end." Jeter ranks as the outlet's No. 14 defensive tackle prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Sep 19 - 1:11 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly gave a vote of confidence to DC Brian VanGorder.

Kelly said that firing VanGorder is "not even part of the conversation." At least a portion of the line of questioning from reporters had less to do with the fact that Notre Dame has surrendered 96 points through three games and more to do with the fact that Kelly's Twitter handle "liked" a post asking for VanGorder's firing. Pulling back the curtain, Kelly said, "I have a number of people that manage my Twitter account. Just obviously going through it, somebody unfortunately made a mistake as they were scrolling through, inadvertently hit it and just a mistake, an unfortunate mistake that was made by one of my staff members."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 19 - 12:39 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer completed 20-of-37 passes for 344 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 36-28 loss to Michigan State.

Kizer is starting to make a habit of turning in inspired performances in losses. On Saturday, he opened the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, scooting around the left edge and simply outrunning the defense. That was one of two rushing touchdowns the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder managed on the evening. The Irish would not score again until late in the third quarter as Michigan State built up a 36-7 lead. They managed to draw to within 36-28 late in the fourth quarter, but could not find the requisite defensive stop to earn a chance for a game-tying drive. Through three games, Kizer has passed for 715 yards with a 9/2 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 126 yards and four touchdowns. Notre Dame now sits at 1-2 on the season. They will try to even up their record in a home date with Duke next Saturday.
Sep 17 - 11:43 PM

Notre Dame senior WR Torii Hunter passed concussion protocol on Wednesday.

Hunter was initially laid low by a hit in the end zone during the third quarter of the Irish's season-opening double-overtime loss to Texas. He sat out last weekend's win over Nevada. The 6-foot, 190-pounder is listed as a starter for this Saturday's showdown with Michigan State. He and fellow wideout Equanimeous St. Brown are both viable fantasy options.
Sep 15 - 1:59 PM

Notre Dame senior WR Torii Hunter Jr. will return to practice on Tuesday after going through concussion protocol.

Hunter missed last week's game against Nevada after suffering a concussion in the season opener against Texas. Hunter is the school's most veteran receiver, which is not a unique title as Notre Dame's receivers are universally young.
Sep 12 - 11:40 AM

Notre Dame redshirt freshman CB Shaun Crawford will miss the rest of the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon in Saturday's 39-10 win over Nevada.

Crawford left the field on crutches. It's another devastating turn of events for the young corner. Crawford was expected to start at nickelback as a true freshman last year but tore his ACL in an August practice and missed the campaign. Crawford returned to win a starting job and had an interception and a blocked extra point for a two-point score on his stat line before going down. The decimated Notre Dame secondary had already lost starting free safety Max Redfield last month after his arrest.
Source: ESPN
Sep 11 - 10:57 AM

Notre Dame sophomore RB Josh Adams rushed for 106 yards on 10 carries in Saturday's 39-10 win over Nevada.

Adams, Tarean Folston and QB DeShone Kizer all notched 10 carries to lead the Irish in the contest. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound Adams averaged 10.6 YPC with a long run of 48 yards. He and Folston are going to continue to split carries moving forward, but even in that committee, Adams has the explosive speed to capitalize on relatively limited carries.
Sep 10 - 9:25 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer completed 15-of-18 passes for 156 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 39-10 win over Nevada.

Kizer didn't rise to the meteoric heights of last Sunday's epic double-overtime loss to Texas, but that kind of star-making performance wasn't necessary against a clearly-inferior Nevada team. Neither team scored in the first quarter, but things heated up for the Irish in the second, as the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder found C.J. Sanders for a seven-yard touchdown and Kevin Stepherson for a four-yard score. The Irish ultimately scored 25 points in the second quarter. A home showdown with Michigan State shows next on the schedule.
Sep 10 - 9:11 PM

Notre Dame senior WR Torii Hunter Jr. will not play Saturday against Nevada due to concussion-like symptoms.

Hunter took a shot to the head in Sunday's loss to Texas. He managed to finish second on the team in catches despite missing the fourth quarter and overtime. His absence hurts the Irish, as Hunter was the team's leading returning receiver, but Notre Dame won't need him to paste the Wolf Pack.
Source: ESPN
Sep 9 - 11:27 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer was told he will be the clear starter against Nevada and no rotation is expected.

Kizer rotated with Malik Zaire on nearly every series against Texas despite outplaying the veteran quarterback. We understand Brian Kelly's initial decision, as Zaire is an extremely talented quarterback who would start for many teams. However, Kizer clearly outplayed him and looked like an outstanding prospect against Texas. Notre Dame lost that game, but they have the talent to run the table. One hang up: the lack of experience at wide receiver.
Sep 8 - 9:58 AM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer to Steve McNair "from a size and diversity of talent standpoint."

"Kizer has that same arm strength to attack down the field and can make winning throws on the move," Zierlein wrote. "McNair was extremely difficult to rattle and Kizer appears to operate with that same confidence and calm. While McNair could beat teams with his legs, he looked to win from the pocket and I believe Kizer has that same trait." Kizer nearly beat Texas single-handedly in Sunday's double-overtime loss, going 15-of-24 for 215 yards and five touchdowns with 77 yards and a score on the ground. Zierlein has two areas for him to improve on: "Kizer has plus zip on his throws, but there are times when he's overly reliant on arm strength over mechanics" and "I would like to see him lead receivers more frequently on his slants and crossing routes." This prospect has plenty of time to iron both issues out.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 6 - 8:37 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly indicated that senior WR Torii Hunter Jr. (concussion) will likely be a game-time decision for Saturday's showdown with Nevada.

"Concussion symptoms come and go, there's no real timeline. When you start to expect somebody to clear it's just so individual and you just let it take its course, and we'll prepare accordingly," Kelly said. The 6-foot, 190-pound Hunter was laid low in the end zone on Sunday after Texas DB DeShon Elliott slammed into him as he tried to haul in a DeShone Kizer pass. While there was technically no helmet-to-helmet contact, Elliott clearly led with his helmet in trying to demolish the defenseless receiver. No targeting penalty was called and no review was forthcoming. Hunter stayed down for several minutes before being helped off the field.
Source: ESPN.com
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