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Notre Dame senior DB Austin Collinsworth has a strained MCL that will likely keep him sidelined for a couple weeks, reports Irish Illustrated.

Collinsworth missed the season-opening 48-17 win against Rice over the weekend. Fighting Irish HC Brian Kelly said after the contest that Collinsworth has a Grade 2 MCL sprain, and will miss two to four weeks. The fifth-year senior, the son of NFL broadcaster Cris Collinsworth, was hurt in practice on Thursday. Junior Elijah Shumate will start in Collinsworth's place.
Sep 1 - 1:18 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson completed 14 of 22 attempts for 295 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 48-17 win over Rice.

Golson added three more touchdowns on the ground to go along with 41 yards. Golson displayed improved passing awareness, and even threw with the laces. At was an impressive return for Golson, who missed last season due to academic issues. Notre Dame has a good amount of talent on both sides of the ball.
Aug 30 - 7:16 PM

Notre Dame senior edge rusher Ishaq Williams has been dismissed from Notre Dame due to his involvement with academic fraud, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

"The school conducted an internal investigation this summer, sources close to the program told FOX Sports," Feldman writes. "The investigation uncovered that the players had submitted papers and homework that were written for them by others." Williams has missed time due to injuries in the past, but he was expected to start for Notre Dame this season and offered some desirable NFL traits. The school's president refuted the "dismissed" portion of the report, but did say the four players are being held out of team activities.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 18 - 11:16 AM

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly expressed concern and disappointment over the academic misconduct investigation into four Irish players.

"I knew coming to Notre Dame, and one of the reasons why I wanted to come here, was there are some core values as one of the preeminent Catholic institutions that you just can't compromise on, and that's integrity," Kelly said. "And if you see that something is going on that's not right -- and obviously through this investigation they found this out -- it's important that it's addressed. And so I applaud the university for doing that." The school will withhold DaVaris Daniels, KeiVarae Russell, Ishaq Williams and Kendall Moore from practices and games while it investigates potential academic misconduct. All four were on Notre Dame's 2012 team that went 12-1 and lost in the BCS national championship game to Alabama. Rev. John Jenkins, the school's president, said Friday that the school will vacate victories if the allegations are proven true. Kelly said he has no problem with that, and added that doing so wouldn't affect his perception of that team's accomplishments.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 11:07 PM

Notre Dame senior WR DaVaris Daniels insists he writes his own papers and likely maintained as much to university officials in an interview this week, reports CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler.

The Irish's leading returning receiver (49 catches for 745 yards and seven touchdowns last season) was one of four players (CB KeiVarae Russell, DL Ishaq Williams and LB Kendall Moore were the others) suspended while the university completes an investigation into academic fraud. "He said he wrote all his papers," a source said of Daniels. "They asked him about some emails and papers that he wrote. He told them what he knew." The school says it is in possession of evidence that a handful of students submitted papers written for them by others. Davis, according to the source, was sensitive to academic issues after he was suspended for a poor GPA in the spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 10:36 PM

Notre Dame suspended WR DaVaris Daniels, CB KeiVarae Russell, DL Ishaq Williams and LB Kendall Moore while it completes an investigation into academic fraud.

"At this juncture, no one has been judged responsible for academic dishonestly, and no one has been dismissed from the university," Rev. John I. Jenkins, the university president, said. "We'll go as quickly as we can, but our emphasis will be on thoroughness." In late July, Notre Dame received evidence that students (including non-football players) had submitted papers and homework written by others. "Once an academic staff member had suspicions, they immediately brought it to our attention," Jenkins said. From a football-only perspective, this news is potentially crippling: All four players were projected starters. "We're going to have this investigation go wherever it leads us and the possibility it may affect prior years does not reflect any conclusion, it reflects a commitment to the thoroughness of the investigation," Swarbrick said.
Source: USA Today
Aug 16 - 10:18 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has officially named redshirt junior Everett Golson the team's starting QB.

Kelly apparently made the decision on Tuesday night and told the quarterbacks on Wednesday. Golson was battling Malik Zaire for the job, who reportedly told Kelly he "wasn't happy" with the choice, which the head coach called the "right answer." Golson was the team's starting quarterback on their National Championship Game run but would be sidelined on occasion when Tommy Rees would enter the game. Golson was then suspended for the 2013 season due to academics and re-admitted last December. Known for throwing the football without the laces, Golson has reportedly worked to correct this mechanical flaw in his game.
Aug 13 - 1:20 PM

Notre Dame sophomore LB Jaylon Smith says he wants to be better than Manti Te'o.

"It's something I know I can handle," Smith says. "It's just a matter of waiting and seeing, you know what I mean?" Smith has already drawn praise from Todd McShay, who said the linebacker "kept flashing" when watching Stephon Tuitt. Smith stands at 6-foot-2, 235-pound and boasts 3.1 percent body fat.
Aug 13 - 11:19 AM

Notre Dame sophomore Steve Elmer is working as the team's starting RT during preseason practice.

Redshirt junior Matt Hegarty is working as the school's left guard. Junior Ronnie Stanley, who we are big fans of, is moving from the right side to the left side. Notre Dame is able to sign plenty of high profile recruits, and Elmer could be the next in line after Zach Martin and Stanley.
Aug 4 - 4:02 PM

Notre Dame's backup NT Tony Springmann suffered a career ending injury and will retire from football.

Beat writer JJ Stankevitz notes the latest injury was a recurring back issue. Springmann tore his ACL last August and has not contributed during games since. He will stay close to the program, according to head coach Brian Kelly. Freshmen Pete Mokwuah and Daniel Cage will likely be called upon to backup Jarron Jones.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 4 - 10:16 AM

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock will "miss the first few weeks of preseason camp" after undergoing an undisclosed medical procedure.

"I had surgery last week," Denbrock said in the statement. "I’m resting and feeling better every day, but I won’t be able to join the team for the beginning of preseason camp. Safe to say, I’m already chomping at the bit to get back with the guys." Denbrock previously served as a coordinator under Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly at Grand Valley State from 1992-98. He replaced Chuck Martin, who was announced head coach of Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 3.
Aug 3 - 10:23 PM

If Notre Dame junior DT Sheldon Day can "put it all together" this fall, he could have "an early exit and high-round selection in his future," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Day played on the outside in the past two seasons with Louis Nix clogging up the middle. He's expected to shift inside in the Fighting Irish's 4-3 scheme this fall. "Day exhibits an explosive first step, strong hands, and nice closing burst, looking the part of a prototypical 3-technique prospect who has the natural talent to be an elite interior rusher," Stephens wrote. "If he can put it all together this year, an early exit and high-round selection may be in his future."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 5:24 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens notes that Notre Dame senior Austin Collinsworth boasts "good size, athleticism and improving instincts."

"Boasting good size, athleticism and improving instincts, the son of former All-Pro WR and now NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth rebounded from a season-ending shoulder injury suffered in the spring of 2012, to start 11 games for the Irish as a junior, posting 43 tackles and three interceptions," Stephens wrote. The 6-foot-1, 205 pound safety is also a "dynamic special teams contributor" earning Notre Dame's Special Teams Player of the Year award back in 2011. Collinsworth had a career-high 43 tackles, and had his first three career interceptions for the Irish in 2013.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 5:16 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes Notre Dame junior CB KeiVarae Russell "may have the highest ceiling of any 2015 Notre Dame prospect."

Russell was an impact performer from the moment he stepped onto campus in 2012 as a true freshman, earning FBS All-Independent Team Honorable Mention honors twice. He was the first true freshman corner in Fighting Irish history to start an opener, and went on to post 51 total tackles (40 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery and eight pass break-ups as a true sophomore last year. "Has length, quickness and ball skills to be one of the ACCs top CBs this season and could consider early-entry with a strong junior campaign," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 5:10 PM

Notre Dame senior DE/OLB Ishaq Williams will be on the radars of NFL scouts if he can produce this season, according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The 6-foot-4, 271-pounder runs a 4.87, so it's probably for the best that Notre Dame plans to move him from OLB to DE in 2014. "A limited but dependable contributor thus far with only one start in 35 career games due to a surplus of defensive studs in South Bend in recent years," Stephens wrote. "Williams is big, athletic, flashes natural ability as a rusher, and possesses impressive movement skills for his size. He makes the move to 4-3 DE from OLB now, and with the starting spot his for the taking, can he be disruptive enough as a senior to show up on the radar of NFL scouts?"
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 4:11 PM


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