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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

If Notre Dame senior OG Christian Lombard can improve his consistency, he could be selected in the top half of the 2015 draft, according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Lombard started every game in 2012 at right tackle and transitioned to right guard in 2013. "As a run-blocker, Lombard demonstrates nice initial quickness off the snap, and good awareness to identify, square up and explode into his target, and aims to finish each opponent into the turf," Stephens wrote. "In pass-protection, he exhibits a fluid kick-slide and possesses the length and strong hands to keep rushers at bay. He could improve his overall blocking technique though as he has a tendency to get high in the pads too often, enabling defenders to get into his chest plate and control him, and he fails to routinely extend his arms off the snap." The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder runs a 5.26 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 3:57 PM

Notre Dame redshirt senior DB Cody Riggs "could be a top-100 selection next spring," writes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Riggs made 25 starts and appeared in 40 games for Florida before transferring to South Bend in February. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder spent three seasons at corner for the Gators before moving to safety last year -- a foot injury in 2012 allowed him to take a medical redshirt and make his move to Indiana a possibility. "Riggs may not be physically imposing in size, but he's a tough defender with surprising physicality, good instincts and explosiveness," Stephens wrote. "As a corner, he demonstrates the fluidity and strength to jam, flip and run from press, but also exhibits the quickness and agility to play off, or move inside and cover slot receivers. Add his safety experience to the mix, and you have one very versatile defender with the flexibility that defensive coordinators covet at the next level."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 3:21 PM

Notre Dame senior TE Ben Koyack is "one of the more well-rounded tight end prospects in the nation," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The Fighting Irish have been the NFL's tight end factory in recent years, churning out Kyle Rudolph (2011, 43rd overall), Tyler Eifert (2013, 21st) and Troy Niklas (2014, 52nd). Koyack (6-foot-5, 261 pounds), one of the country's top pass-catching TE recruits coming out of high school in Pennsylvania, will continue the tradition. "A thickly-built athlete who lined up primarily as a lead blocker in the running game both at H-back or fullback in 2013, Koyack demonstrates strength, flexibility and quickness at the point of attack, routinely sealing the edge or clearing the hole with leverage and physicality," Stephens wrote. "As a receiver, Koyack shows impressive burst off the line, is able to sink and accelerate out of cuts, and possesses superb arm length, coordination and soft hands to pluck the ball off his frame. He also exhibits a strong second gear after the catch and the athleticism to break down and make defenders miss in the open field."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 3:02 PM

According to the South Bend Tribune, Notre Dame redshirt sophomore WR Will Mahone is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame, a university spokesman confirmed Monday.

Mahone was arrested on five charges in Ohio earlier in June. The chargers included disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism of a government entity, three of which are felonies. After Mahone was arrested, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly suspended Mahone indefinitely from all football-related activities. While Mahone would like to return to Notre Dame, it's being reported that he is not allowed to return to the school as long as the felony charges against him are pending. If the felonies are dropped against Mahone, than the Notre Dame wideout can reapply.
Jul 8 - 11:39 AM

Notre Dame junior Ronnie Stanley will move from RT to LT in 2014.

The Irish have to replace a number of offensive linemen who departed for the NFL. Stanley fills in for Zach Martin on the left side, but last year the junior started every game at right tackle. Martin had an incredible powerful punch but tended to struggle against quick lateral counters thanks to a wide base. Stanley is not as strong, but he uses his length to keep opponents at distance. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is a fan of Stanley's and expects a smooth transition.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 1 - 5:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore WR Will Mahone was arrested on five charges in Ohio on Sunday.

The charges include disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism of a government entity, three of which are felonies. Mahone recently converted from running back to slot receiver after only seeing action in two games in 2013.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 16 - 10:11 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and staff will guest coach at Georgia State’s football camp next summer.

"I talked to Notre Dame and it was a mutual thing – they thought it was a great idea, and they’ve been recruiting Georgia," said Georgia State coach Trent Miles. Miles was a former assistant coach with Notre Dame. This move works out well for Notre Dame, since they'll be able to evaluate Georgia prospects, who would most likely not travel north to attend football camps. This year, Penn State coach James Franklin and his staff, will serve as guest coaches for Trent Miles Football Camp on June 10th.
Source: AJC.com
May 29 - 6:10 PM

Notre Dame has reinstated senior WR DaVaris Daniels, according to Keith Arnold.

Daniels will return to school for the summer session. The receiver has dealt with academic issues, but this seemed to be the plan all along. Daniels caught 49 passes for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013.
May 28 - 1:19 PM

Notre Dame senior TE Ben Koyack will replace second-rounder Troy Niklas in the starting lineup.

Expect a dropoff in production, but don't assume it'll be massive. Koyack (6-foot-5, 261 pounds) was one of the country's top pass-catching TE recruits coming out of high school in Pennsylvania. "Irish coaches think he is athletic enough to be split wide," wrote Mike Huguenin. "If he has the season expected of him, he will be one of the first three or four tight ends drafted in 2015."
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 4:07 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wants to schedule Michigan and Michigan State again.

Michigan and Notre Dame are only scheduled to play once more, on Sept. 6. Michigan State is off the schedule until a pair of scheduled games in 2016 and '17. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said the schools are tentatively scheduled to play a home-and-home series in 2026 and '27. "When [athletic director Jack Swarbrick] and I sit down and we start discussing 'what do you want to do?' we don't start or end that without having Michigan or Michigan State part of that conversation, and there's an SEC school involved in that conversation, as well," said Kelly. "I can assure you that Michigan, Michigan State and an SEC school is involved in those conversations. How that pans out, I'm telling you, it's a very complicated deal."
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 2:28 AM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly called redshirt freshman RB Greg Bryant an electrifying back.

Bryant took a medical redshirt in 2013 after appearing in three games. "Kelly said Bryant was a bit behind classmate Tarean Folston in the playbook last year before getting injured, but keep an eye on the former blue-chipper this fall," Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman writes.
Source: Fox Sports
May 19 - 3:13 PM


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