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Notre Dame junior G Nick Martin will return to school for the 2015 season.

"I’m coming back to Notre Dame, there’s no doubt about that," Martin said, adding it was a "simple decision." Martin, Zack's younger brother, asked for an evaluation from the draft advisory board.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 27 - 8:46 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly told reporters he has still not determined who will start at QB for the school's bowl game against LSU.

"Both are getting quality reps. I probably have to make it here in the next 24 hours," Kelly explained. "They’re both going to play, and I’m just going to have to just get a feel for it and the flow of the game." Notre Dame faces the Tigers on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Everett Golson was the school's starter all season long, but Kelly frequently commented on the number of turnovers Golson contributed to and inserted Malik Zaire in the blowout loss to USC.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 27 - 12:57 PM

Notre Dame senior TE Ben Koyack has accepted his invitation to the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-5, 261-pound Koyack has hauled in 29 receptions for 305 yards and two touchdowns on the season. CBS Sport's Dane Brugler notes that Koyack "is a reliable possession target with fluid routes and an aggressive catching radius to attack the ball with his hands," and "could be a better senior NFL prospect" than FSU's Nick O'Leary.
Dec 22 - 3:44 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly told reporters freshman WR Justin Brent is in his doghouse.

"Brent's an interesting kid," Kelly began, adding the receiver "gets distracted easily." If you would like details regarding what (or who) is distracting Brent, a simple google search will help. We suggest not doing so at work, however. Brent was considered a top 100 recruit by multiple services but has not cracked ND's receiver rotation in his first season.
Dec 22 - 9:07 AM

Notre Dame senior T Christian Lombard's career is over due to a bulging disc, according to Irish Illustrated.

Lombard could have given the NFL a shot, but he will not pursue a professional football career. Sophomore Mike McGlinchey will likely take his place in the starting lineup. Notre Dame faces LSU in their bowl game.
Dec 20 - 3:50 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis believes Notre Dame redshirt sophomore T Ronnie Stanley should return to school in order to receive more reps as a left tackle.

Stanley, who shifted from RT to LT in 2014 to replace first-rounder Zack Martin, has requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board and is strongly considering a jump to the NFL. "The more reps you get at left tackle playing against top-flight pass rushers -- and he'll face those given Notre Dame's schedule -- could give him a big boost and put any lingering questions about him to rest," Davis wrote. The Advisory Board will tell Stanley he's a second-rounder, at worst, and more likely they'll give him the good news of a Round 1 projection. At that time, it'd be a surprise if he returns to South Bend.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 18 - 11:06 AM

Notre Dame will play both redshirt junior Everett Golson and redshirt freshman Malik Zaire at QB in the school's bowl game against LSU.

The old saying goes, "if you have two quarterbacks, you don't have one." Golson has turned the ball over far too many times this season and has put extra stress on his offensive line due to needless pocket movement. Zaire is an unknown commodity right now but did spell Golson in the school's final game of the season against USC. LSU's defense is not as talented as it has been in the past.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 16 - 9:33 AM

Notre Dame junior G Nick Martin requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Maybe he just wanted to be like his more popular friends Sheldon Day, Everett Golson, and Ronnie Stanley? We kid. In actuality, Zack's brother is an interesting prospect, and a top-5 center. If the Advisory Board is feeling generous, they will give Martin a Round 2 grade. They could also say "neither" (first or second), as Martin could easily slot in Round 3 or 4 if he declares early.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 9 - 1:50 AM

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said redshirt junior QB Everett Golson and freshman QB Malik Zaire will engage in a "true competition" for the starting job prior to the Music City Bowl Dec. 30 vs. LSU.

"There's a way I want that position to operate, and it's going to operate the way I want it to operate," Kelly said. "If you operate it the way I want it done, you'll be the starting quarterback at Notre Dame." The Irish have eight practices until game day. Golson's season has come off the rails, leading Kelly to insert Zaire in the first half of the Irish's loss to USC. Zaire led to the team to its only two touchdowns, bolstering his argument. While Golson had 37 touchdowns (29 throwing, eight rushing), this season, he also committed a devastating 22 turnovers (14 interceptions and eight fumbles). One interesting subplot: Golson has applied for a draft evaluation, so we know that he's at least considering the possibility of leaving school after this season. If Golson loses his job, and the draft board advises him to return to school, as expected, don't be surprised if he bolts as a graduate transfer.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 9 - 12:21 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore T Ronnie Stanley requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Prior to the season, when we optimistically called Stanley a top-50 prospect, nobody would have thought that the third-year soph would consider bolting for the NFL this winter. Now, with some calling Stanley a potential top-10 pick, it might be surprising if he announces he'll return to South Bend. The Advisory Board will tell Stanley he's a second-rounder, at worst, and more likely they'll give him the good news of a first-round projection.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 8 - 6:57 PM

Notre Dame junior DL Sheldon Day requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is one of Day's staunchest supporters, stating multiple times that he could be better than Louis Nix (Texans, No. 83 overall in 2013) and Stephon Tuitt (Steelers, No. 46 overall). The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Day has first-round upside, though that talent isn't always apparent on film. Kelly said Monday that he's "hopeful" Day will have recovered enough from his MCL sprain to play in the Music City Bowl Dec. 30 against LSU.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 8 - 5:46 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

The advisory board has changed protocols since last season. Interested players will now be disseminated a grade of first round, second round or neither. Players who are told "neither" will be advised to return to school. In the case of Golson, expect him to be told to return to school. Whether he listens or not is an entirely different situation. Golson is currently in a dogfight with Malik Zaire for his own school's starting quarterback gig. If he loses, it's difficult to envision Golson returning to South Bend. Obviously transferring is another option.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 8 - 5:32 PM

Notre Dame and LSU will play in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.

Draft-eligible talent wise, LSU has really taken a step back this season. However, they do have one of the top tackle prospects in aggressive La'El Collins. Notre Dame has a number of prospects who could declare, including Everett Golson and Ronnie Stanley, Josh Norris' top OT.
Dec 8 - 10:48 AM

Notre Dame RB coach Tony Alford is a name to watch for Colorado State's head coaching job, per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

Alford's alma mater is Colorado States, so an obvious link exists along with being a recruiting coordinator and a native of Colorado. Alford has already coached at a number of schools, including Iowa State, Washington and Louisville, and also coached wide receivers at Notre Dame.
Dec 5 - 11:03 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes "NFL scouts will have to pore over the tape to see if [Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson] is worthy of draft consideration at this point."

"It's amazing how quickly fortunes can change in college football when you're a quarterback at a high-profile program," Brooks wrote. "In a matter of a few weeks, Golson went from Heisman Trophy contender to likely backup quarterback following a series of turnover woes that culminated in his benching against USC." Golson finished the season with 14 interceptions and eight fumbles. If HC Brian Kelly commits to ballyhooed youngster Malik Zaire, it'll be interesting to see if Golson opts for the NFL, transfers, or sticks around to compete.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 1 - 10:27 PM


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