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Updating a previous report, Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said redshirt sophomore QB Ian Book (rib) will practice on Tuesday and start next week's game against Syracuse.

Kelly previously said that "all signs point towards" Book playing against No. 12 Syracuse, but his latest comments confirm that belief as well as add a definitive practice plan this week. Of course, this is great news for Notre Dame since this game is their last truly tough test of the season. With a win over Syracuse, the Fighting Irish are sitting pretty for a spot in the College Football Playoff as long as Notre Dame stays at No. 3 in Tuesday's CFB rankings. There isn't an expectation of much movement, if any, for this week's CFB rankings with all teams taking care of their opponents.
Nov 11 - 2:28 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said "all signs point towards" redshirt sophomore QB Ian Book (rib) returning for next week's game against Syracuse.

Book suffered a rib injury in the first quarter of Notre Dame's game against Northwestern two weeks prior. His expected return is great news for the Fighting Irish who will need to remain undefeated to have a chance at qualifying for the College Football Playoff. Book has played pretty well this season, completing 74.5 percent of his passes and posting a 15/4 TD/INT ratio. The whole season will come down to next week's game against Syracuse.
Nov 11 - 9:23 AM

Notre Dame senior TE Alizé Mack came down with two touchdowns and had 29 yards receiving on three receptions in a 42-13 victory over Florida State on Saturday.

Mack (6'5/247) has tantalized with his talent since enrolling at Notre Dame, but he's never quite lived up to the hype. It's just one game, but this was a friendly reminder that the tight end is still exceptionally talented. Mack is listed as a senior, but could get another year of eligibility since he didn't play in his sophomore campaign. A big game against Syracuse on Saturday could help his draft stock immensely.
Nov 10 - 11:07 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Brandon Wimbush completed 12-of-25 passes for 130 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for 68 yards in a 42-13 victory over Florida State on Saturday.

The first half was solid for Wimbush, throwing for three scores and not turning the ball over. The second half? Not so much, but fortunately for him the Fighting Irish built up a big enough lead that it didn't matter. As usual, Wimbush was excellent on the ground, as he's one of the fastest quarterbacks in college football. The passing just leaves a lot to be desired. Ian Book (ribs) is expected back next Saturday against Syracuse, but if he can't go, Wimbush could get another start for Notre Dame.
Nov 10 - 11:05 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Brandon Wimbush completed 12-of-25 passes for 130 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for 68 yards in a 42-13 victory over Florida State on Saturday.

The first half was solid for Wimbush, throwing for three scores and not turning the ball over. The second half? Not so much, but fortunately for him the Fighting Irish built up a big enough lead that it didn't matter. As usual, Wimbush was excellent on the ground, as he's one of the fastest quarterbacks in college football. The passing just leaves a lot to be desired. Ian Book (ribs) is expected back next Saturday against Syracuse, but if he can't go, Wimbush could get another start for Notre Dame.
Nov 10 - 11:05 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Dexter Williams ran for 202 yards and two scores on 20 carries in a 42-13 walloping of Florida State on Saturday.

There was a time where running the football was quite difficult to do against Florida State. The year 2018 is not that time. Notre Dame ran for 365 yards against the Seminoles, and Williams, of course, was the largest benefactor. Despite missing the first four games, the junior tailback has a real chance of going over a thousand yards, and the two scores give him 10 on the season. This was way too easy for Notre Dame, and credit belongs to both parties. Notre Dame has a marquee matchup next Saturday against Syracuse.
Nov 10 - 11:00 PM

Notre Dame junior CB Julian Love (undisclosed) was taken to the injury tent during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Florida State.

Love walked off of the field slowly after being injured, with team trainers taking him directly to the injury tent. The junior cornerback has been outstanding this season, and his status is something to keep an eye on with the Fighting Irish's next game being a November 17 matchup with Syracuse at Yankee Stadium. Notre Dame will meet more resistance in that game than it did against Florida State, and they'll need "all hands on deck" for the Orange.
Nov 10 - 10:32 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Brandon Wimbush is expected to start on Saturday against Florida State with redshirt sophomore Ian Book (ribs) out.

Book will miss the game with a rib injury he suffered in last Saturday's win over Northwestern. Wimbush started the first three games of the 2018 season but was yanked for Book, a decision that has paid off handsomely for the Irish. Wimbush is 12-4 over 16 starts, but his limitations as a passer put a ceiling on the offense. This season, he's completing only 55.3% of his passes for 589 yards and a 1/4 TD/INT ratio. That's actually an improvement on his career completion percentage, which now stands at 50.8%.
Nov 8 - 9:39 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Ian Book will miss Saturday's game against Florida State with a rib injury.

Book is believed to have suffered the rib injury in the first quarter of last weekend's 10-point win over Northwestern. He went on to throw for 343 passing yards and two touchdowns. But the injury is apparently serious enough that the Irish will hold him out against the Seminoles. That means that former starter Brandon Wimbush will lead the Fighting Irish into battle. No pressure. You're only trying to preserve a perfect 9-0 record and the No. 3 ranking in the College Football Playoff rankings on Senior Day in South Bend.
Nov 8 - 9:33 AM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said that redshirt freshman RB Jafar Armstrong (ankle) was physically limited during Saturday's win over Northwestern.

Armstrong (6'1/218) initially injured his ankle against Navy at the end of October, tweaked the injury during the last practice week and -- per Kelly -- "never felt right" during this weekend's contest in Evanston. Said Kelly, "It hampered him in the game. He wasn't as explosive." Armstrong finished Saturday's win having rushed for 18 yards on four carries. Whether the ankle issue will be enough to keep the redshirt freshman from playing against FSU on Saturday remains to be seen. Armstrong has shown promise when he has been healthy enough to play this year, but an earlier knee injury and this current ankle injury have prevented him from putting together a full season.
Nov 6 - 6:02 PM

Notre Dame junior WR Chase Claypool brought in eight receptions for 130 yards in a 31-21 victory over Northwestern on Saturday.

A big game for Claypool, and while he didn't find the end zone, he made several clutch catches to keep drives alive and set up scores for others. He's become the secondary target in this offense -- Myles Boykin is the go-to -- but this was a friendly reminder that there's more than one talented receiver in the Notre Dame offense. A big game is possible next Saturday against Florida State.
Nov 3 - 10:35 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Ian Book completed 22-of-34 passes for 343 yards with two touchdowns an ran for 54 yards and a score in a 31-21 victory over Northwestern on Saturday.

Both teams struggled on offense in the first half -- it was tied at 7-7 -- but things opened in the second half, and Book made enough plays with his legs and arms to keep the Irish undefeated. The biggest play of the game was his rushing touchdown; a brilliantly designed keeper with just under three minutes left to extend the lead to 31-21. Notre Dame and Book improve to 9-0, and are firmly entrenched in the playoff race. Florida State is the next opponent next Saturday.
Nov 3 - 10:31 PM

Notre Dame redshirt senior LB Drue Tranquill (ankle) will not start Saturday's game at Northwestern.

Jordan Genmark Heath will start in place of Tranquill, who is attempting to return to the lineup after injuring his right ankle during Notre Dame's October 27 win over Navy. Tranquill did go through pregame warmups with his ankle heavily taped, but ultimately the decision was made to do with Genmark Heath. There's been no determination made as to whether or not the redshirt senior will be able to play at all Saturday night.
Nov 3 - 7:20 PM

Notre Dame redshirt senior S Drue Tranquill (ankle) is participating in warmups ahead of Saturday's game against Northwestern.

Tranquill (6'2/235) has his right ankle, which he injured in Notre Dame's October 27 win over Navy, heavily taped. Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly was optimistic that the redshirt senior safety would be able to play Saturday night, and his being able to go through pregame is a step in that direction. Should he not be able to play, Jordan Genmark Heath would be next in line.
Nov 3 - 6:49 PM

Notre Dame senior TE Alize Mack (concussion) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Northwestern.

Mack (6'5/247) had not previously missed a game this season. Earlier in the practice week, Irish HC Brian Kelly said that the senior tight end was feeling better, but he's apparently not made the enough progress to take the field on Saturday. Look for Cole Kmet and Nick Weishar to see additional work versus the Wildcats now that Mack's been ruled out.
Nov 1 - 6:44 PM


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