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Notre Dame's offensive line surrendered nine sacks during the team's spring game.

UHND.com's Greg Flammang was none too impressed with the performance, writing, "They just didn’t look like the dominant group they are projected to be and incredibly they struggled in pass protection, which was unexpected given Notre Dame’s inability to rush the passer." He referred to the line as a "work in progress" and noted that while he is "[n]ot panicking," "this group isn’t to be penciled in as a significant strength just yet."
Source: UHND.com
May 22 - 7:11 PM

UHND.com's Greg Flammang passes along that Notre Dame sophomore WR Chase Claypool "flashed on a number of plays" during the team's spring game.

Per the One Foot Down blog over at SB Nation, Claypool remains a somewhat unpolished route runner. With a 6-foot-5, 213-pound frame, though, he doesn't necessarily have to be a technician to make his presence felt -- particularly in the red zone. This past season, he caught five passes for 81 yards. Notre Dame has a number of relatively unproven receiving options to sort through beyond Equanimeous St. Brown, with Claypool, Kevin Stepherson, C.J. Sanders, Miles Boykin and Corey Holmes among the options HC Brian Kelly will be considering for potential impact roles during August camp.
Source: UHND.com
May 22 - 4:58 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly referred to junior WR Miles Boykin as "very sneaky."

"He eats up a lot of ground with those long strides, and before you know it he’s running past people," Kelly said. The coach noted back in early April that the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder was having a "really good spring." He showed at the team's spring game, too, with UHND.com's Greg Flammang writing that Boykin "made a number of nice receptions, all against the starting defense, and caught the ball very well." We heard breakout hype for Boykin last offseason, too, but he was unable to make good on it in 2016, finishing with just six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Source: ND Insider
May 22 - 3:59 PM

Notre Dame freshman RB C.J. Holmes suffered a separated right shoulder during spring practice.

Holmes suffered the separated shoulder near the end of March. He then missed the remainder of spring practice. This is an injury to monitor during Holmes' freshman season -- he previously underwent surgery on the same shoulder in high school. The 6-foot, 190-pounder was a four-star recruit for the 2017 cycle. UHND.com's Greg Flammang believes that "[h]is versatility will be very well utilized" by OC Chip Long. Running back is a clear strength for the Irish, who boast a full stable of backs with Josh Adams, Dexter Williams, Tony Jones Jr. and Holmes.
Source: Indy Star
May 22 - 2:33 PM

Texas beat writer Anwar Richardson says Notre Dame transfer QB Malik Zaire has whittled down his future school to two programs and Texas is one.

Richardson initially said Zaire might announce his decision on Friday, but later backed off that assumption since Zaire wants to "enjoy graduation." However, the most important info is Texas still being considered along with one other program. Florida, Wisconsin and Harvard are the other three under consideration for that final spot, but Zaire's camp does not want to disclose that information.
May 19 - 8:57 AM

Fox Sports' Tim Brando says conversations have taken place where Notre Dame could potentially join the ACC for football.

We hear about these types of conversations each year, so we would advise not to get too excited. Notre Dame has it made in terms of being independent, setting their schedule and can make their case as an automatic qualifier with an undefeated season. But the team seems far away from the College Football Playoff at this time.
May 15 - 9:56 AM

Notre Dame four-star 2018 verbal CB commit Kalon Gervin reopened his recruitment last weekend.

Gervin had been committed to Notre Dame since mid-February. With his recruitment now an open race once more, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and West Virginia are four teams to watch for the pledge. The four-star cornerback had listed those as a top-four in November before taking the road less traveled with his Notre Dame pledge. He ranks as Rivals' No. 100 overall prospect in the 2018 class. Over at ESPN, analyst Gerry Hamilton has noted that Gervin's "quick reactions and ability to fluidly move in transition place himself in a ideal position to make plays on the ball."
Source: Rivals
May 13 - 3:30 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Wimbush completed 22-of-32 passes for 303 yards and two interceptions in the team's spring game.

Of note, Wimbush (wearing a red non-contact jersey) was "sacked" seven times by the first-team defense. After the game, the 6-foot-1, 216-pounder assessed the team's progression this spring, saying, "We’re growing and we’re in a process. It’s delayed gratification that comes with it. We’re going through this thing as a team." He added a more positive spin moments later, forwarding the belief that the Irish "finished up spring on a high note on all sides of the ball." Wimbush landed as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback prospect by Rivals' standards during the 2015 cycle. He is expected to start in 2017 so long as he can maintain his health.
Source: Rivals
May 7 - 3:35 PM

Transferring Notre Dame graduate QB Malik Zaire is expected to make his decision before the SEC holds meetings which could allow him to transfer to Florida.

While there has reportedly been mutual interest between Zaire and the Gators, Florida would need the SEC to allow an exemption for the graduate transfer -- the program is currently barred from accepting such transfers after grads Mason Halter and Anthony Harrell were unable to meet academic benchmarks when they joined the program in 2015. Zaire is expected to make his decision on May 19, before the SEC will meet to discuss the current ruling. With Florida potentially out of the running, Zaire's decision may come down to Texas, Wisconsin or Harvard.
May 6 - 12:13 PM

Notre Dame sophomore DE Daelin Hayes registered three sacks in the team's spring game.

Notre Dame was notorious for their inability to get to the quarterback in 2016, recording just 14 sacks as a team during that lost 4-8 season. This spring, Irish HC Brian Kelly indicated that he expects Hayes, a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle, to be able to help shore up these deficiencies. Kelly said that the 6-foot-3, 249-pounder is "going to be around the football and be a disruptive player for us." He recorded 12 tackles and one forced fumble while playing as a true freshman in 2016.
Source: FOX Sports
May 5 - 8:35 PM

Notre Dame redshirt senior T Mike McGlinchey received a first-round grade from the NFL Draft advisory board over the winter before electing to return to campus.

McGlinchey and offensive guard Quenton Nelson, who both spurned the NFL to return to South Bend in 2017, were each listed as first-rounders in Thor Nystrom's too-early 2018 mock draft. Their return gives Notre Dame one of the nation's best offensive lines. The 6-foot-7, 310-pound McGlinchey was named a 3rd-team AP All-American last season.
Source: CBS Sports
May 5 - 1:07 PM

Chargers signed Notre Dame LB James Onwualu.

Onwualu (6’1/228) was a three-plus-year starter for the Fighting Irish, collecting 19.5 career tackles for loss with six sacks and three forced fumbles. An average to below-average athlete, Onwualu slugged to a 4.76 forty at Notre Dame’s Pro Day and posted a slow-twitch 7.25 three-cone time. Onwualu’s tape is better than his measurables, but he’s a low-ceiling prospect. He did play a lot of special teams in South Bend and will begin his NFL career there.
May 2 - 2:14 PM

Giants signed Notre Dame DT Jarron Jones.

Jones (6’6/316) struggled with Lisfranc and MCL injuries as a sophomore and junior before staying healthy as a senior and amassing 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, and a forced fumble across 12 starts. A sub-par athlete, Jones ran 5.33 with a painful 20.5-inch vertical at the Combine. On tape, Jones flashes a potent bull rush but is inconsistent versus the run. Jones is a wide body with long arms (35 ½") and a big name as a former five-star recruit, but he was a disappointment at Notre Dame. He’ll try to carve out an NFL career as a rotational interior presence.
May 1 - 4:24 PM

Chargers selected Notre Dame DL Isaac Rochell with the No. 225 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

This is a solid selection in the seventh-round. Rochell has plenty of experience in an odd man front and attended the Senior Bowl. Over the last three seasons he was on the field over 83 percent of the time and tested in the 51st percentile. Expect Rochell to act as depth.
Apr 29 - 5:55 PM

Browns selected Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kizer (6’4/233) turned pro as a junior after making 23 starts for the Irish, going 12-11 and completing just 60.7% of his throws with an 8.4 YPA and 47:19 TD-to-INT ratio. A dangerous scrambler, Kizer added 18 rushing TDs. Although he looks like Daunte Culpepper with a big body, power arm, and supreme poise in the pocket amid chaos, Kizer struggled to keep his job over Malik Zaire in the second half of last season, got benched against Stanford, seemingly lost confidence, and often fails to process information quickly on tape. Kizer’s touch and ball placement are additional concerns. While Kizer checks some boxes as a potential franchise quarterback, he's a major project.
Apr 28 - 8:57 PM


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