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Senior edge rusher Ishaq Williams' appeal to play for Notre Dame this season was denied by the NCAA.

Williams was involved in last season's academic fraud investigation. At least one of the other players involved was cleared for the season, but Williams was not. It is unclear if Williams will try to play at a different level other than the FBS in 2015, or if he will sit out a second straight year and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
Aug 27 - 7:27 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire was only pressured on six of his 40 dropbacks in 2014.

As our friends at CFB Film Room say, Zaire's success under pressure is a big unknown. On those six snaps, Zaire completed 2 of 4 attempts, scrambled once and took one sack. Brian Kelly expressed his frustration with former starter Everett Golson on a number of occasions, mainly for his willingness to turn the ball over. Kelly could stress efficiency with Zaire.
Aug 22 - 8:56 AM

Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith notes that he models his game after Patrick Willis, Von Miller, Derrick Thomas, and Lawrence Taylor.

"I really look up to Patrick Willis, to Von Miller, Derrick Thomas, Lawrence Taylor -- those freaks that can rush off the edge," Smith told FOX Sports. "I watch those guys every day and model my game after them." Last season, the 6-foot-3, 241-pound Smith lead the team in total tackles (112) and posted nine tackles for loss. Smith earned Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year honors and was a finalist for the Butkus Award after a monster season. The Notre Dame prospect is the first Irish sophomore to record 100 tackles in a season since Manti Te'o, when he recorded 133 tackles in 2010.
Source: FOX Sports
Aug 20 - 3:04 PM

Notre Dame freshman CB Shaun Crawford will miss the season after tearing his ACL during Wednesday's practice.

KeiVarae Russell just returned for the Fighting Irish after missing last season, but now one of their top recruits at the same position goes down with an injury. Notre Dame has a lot of offensive talent, but their defense has taken a few hits during preseason camp.
Aug 20 - 10:50 AM

Notre Dame redshirt junior DL Jarron Jones tweeted that his MCL surgery "went well."

Jones expressed gratitude for the support of the public and Notre Dame fans, in particular. He tore his MCL earlier this summer. The injury is tough, as the 6-foot-5, 315-pound redshirt junior was expected to be one of the Irish's best defensive weapons this season. This is the second major injury he's suffered in under a calendar year, as he was sidelined with a Lisfranc injury last November.
Aug 18 - 7:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley "is very technically sound in both the run and pass game," notes NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Stanley clocked in at No. 16 on NFL.com's list of the Top-20 players in college football. Their draft analyst team uniformly loves him, with Charles Davis praising the 6-foot-5, 318-pounder's size and agility before stating that Stanley can "dance with the best pass rushers in the nation." According to analyst Lance Zierlein, the offensive lineman needs to improve as a run-blocker, but even Zierlein said that might be "nit-picking a little." Stanley allowed just one sack a year ago, best for any of the Fighting Irish offensive linemen.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 18 - 4:53 PM

Irish HC Brian Kelly notes that Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley is "physically" and "athletically" off the charts for his size.

The Notre Dame prospect started 13 games last season at left tackle, and as a sophomore, had 13 career starts at right tackle. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Stanley recorded 16 knockdown blocks, giving up just one sack, which was the fewest of any Notre Dame offensive lineman. Our own Josh Norris, mocked Stanley No. 3 in his first 2016 draft exercise and ranks Stanley as the top OL on the board.
Aug 18 - 3:43 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior CB KeiVarae Russell is "fully cleared by the NCAA" and back with the program, Irish head coach Brian Kelly stated.

The Notre Dame prospect was suspended for the whole 2014 season due to academic issues. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Russell has 26 starts under his belt, as he was a full-time starter as a sophomore and freshman. The Irish now start the season, with one of their best cornerbacks back in the lineup.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 18 - 2:58 PM

Freshman DL Jerry Tillery is on track to start for Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish figure out how to replace Jarron Jones.

Anthony Weaver, in 1998, was the last freshman defensive lineman to start for Notre Dame. Beat writer Pete Sampson notes junior Isaac Rochell will likely move inside closer to the center, with Tiller playing closer to the tackle. Tillery enrolled early and has impressed head coach Brian Kelly since.
Aug 18 - 10:08 AM

Analyzing Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter notes that "few linebackers in recent memory with the tackling ability, quickness to the ball, and natural instincts that Smith possesses."

"Smith has a chance to be the second player to win the high school and college Butkus Awards (top linebacker); fellow Golden Domer Manti Te'o was the first," Reuter wrote. The analyst ranks Smith as the No. 4 junior draft prospect. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compares the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder to Patrick Willis.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 16 - 11:18 PM

Notre Dame senior C Nick Martin "offers versatility, as he moves between center and guard with ease," NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter writes.

Reuter ranks Zack Martin's younger brother as the class' No. 10 overall senior prospect. "Teams looking to improve up front on offense should consider picking up Martin in the mid-to-late first round," Reuter wrote. Sports on Earth's Matt Brown graded the younger Martin as the No. 24 offensive lineman in the country.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 16 - 1:51 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley "could have been an early first round pick last April, but decided to return to South Bend to use his length and athleticism at left tackle for a second season," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"The fourth-year player is out to help quarterback Malik Zaire in his first season as Notre Dame's starter," Reuter wrote. Stanley will do so at left tackle, which means he actually won't be protecting the blind side of the southpaw Zaire. No problem on that front: Stanley had Everett Golson's back at LT last year and started at RT the year before. Reuter pegs Stanley as the No. 10 overall junior draft prospect. We're far higher on him. Josh Norris mocked Stanley No. 3 in his first 2016 draft exercise and ranks the gifted junior as the top OL on the board.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 16 - 12:22 PM

Notre Dame senior RB/WR C.J. Prosise will miss 10 days with a hamstring injury.

Prosise started six games in 2014 and three in 2013. Expect Prosise to spend more time at running back this season with the loss of ball carrier Greg Bryant and the fact that Notre Dame is loaded at receiver.
Aug 16 - 9:13 AM

Notre Dame sophomore DL Daniel Cage and true freshman Jerry Tillery are splitting nose guard snaps now that Jarron Jones (MCL) is out for the season.

Cage posted four tackles in 11 brief appearances in 2014. Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly had hoped to redshirt Elijah Taylor, but he's also considering allowing him to enter the starting competition.
Aug 15 - 9:59 PM

Updating a previous item, the injury that will keep Notre Dame redshirt junior DL Jarron Jones out for the season is a torn MCL.

Head coach Brian Kelly confirmed the news and added surgery is necessary. As previously stated, Jones was emerging as Notre Dame's top defensive lineman at the end of last season before suffering a Lisfranc injury. Expect Notre Dame to fill the void with younger players.
Aug 15 - 2:24 PM


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