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Notre Dame senior LB Te'Von Coney accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Coney has seen his stock rise significantly in 2018, as he and players like Jerry Tillery and Drue Tranquill were pillars for the undefeated Fighting Irish during the 2018 season. Analysts note his eye for the football, but he's a quality athlete who also has excellent instincts. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called him a potential Day 2 pick, meaning he has a chance to get drafted in the first three rounds.
Dec 10 - 6:30 PM

Notre Dame senior RB Dexter Williams accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

After missing the first four games of the year, Williams has been sensational for the Fighting Irish; leading the team in rushing and putting up monster numbers for the undefeated club. Durability is a question mark, but his breakaway speed and quality vision will be on full display in Mobile. If he shows enough of it -- and the medicals check out -- he could be a mid-round pick.
Dec 5 - 4:53 PM

Notre Dame senior TE Alize Mack accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Mack (6'5/247) has dealt with injuries and off-field issues during his collegiate career -- he sat out the 2016 season due to academics -- but finally managed to put together a mostly complete season in 2018. The senior tight end wrapped the regular season having caught 34 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns. While Mack has plenty of athletic upside, The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard refers to him as a "[r]aw player who clearly needs work on attention to detail" and additionally notes that he has shown issues with physicality at times, writing that he "doesn’t finish plays strong, especially with the ball in his hands." Ledyard colleague Brad Kelly views Mack as having the talent of a top-100 pick, but admits that his draft process will be crucial to his making that cut.
Dec 5 - 1:38 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly was named the Home Depot Coach of the Year.

This will be the third time that Kelly has won the coaching honor. He previously received such recognition in 2009 (with Cincinnati) and 2012 (with Notre Dame). This time around, Notre Dame's head honcho scoops up the award on the strength of the Irish's undefeated 12-0 regular season and Playoff berth. Kelly will officially receive the honor during Thursday's College Football Awards show on ESPN.
Dec 5 - 1:26 PM

Notre Dame will play in the Cotton Bowl against Clemson on December 29th.

Notre Dame is set to make their first appearance in the College Football Playoff after going undefeated (12-0) in the regular season. This is their second time in the BCS era where they will have a chance to play for a national championship. The last time didn't go so well as they were steamrolled by Alabama in 2012, 42-14. Early Vegas lines have the Irish as 11-point underdogs to the Clemson Tigers.
Dec 2 - 1:34 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior WR Chris Finke hauled in seven receptions for 86 yards and a score in a 24-17 victory over USC on Saturday.

Finke has been the third option all year for the Irish, but he lead Notre Dame in receptions and yardage in this one. He also scored on a beautiful throw from Ian Book that featured quality footwork from the 5-foot-10, 180-pound wideout. Next up for Finke and the Fighting Irish is the playoffs, assuming something doesn't go haywire.
Nov 24 - 11:41 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Ian Book completed 22-of-39 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 victory over USC on Saturday.

The 352 yards and two touchdowns are nice, and Book was able to make some plays with his legs to keep drives alive. The truth, however, is that Book really struggled with accuracy in the win over the Trojans, and missed on several throws that we've seen him make all year. No matter, the Irish get the big win, and they are all but assuredly going to be playing in the playoffs this January.
Nov 24 - 11:38 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Dexter Williams ran for 97 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 54 yards in a 24-17 victory over USC on Saturday.

Ugly, but this is a rivalry game, and rivalry games often are. Williams really struggled early on against a clearly motivated USC defense, but he was able to make several plays in the screen game, and he scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 52-yard scamper in the third quarter. The Irish finish the year 12-0, and the only question now is where the Fighting Irish finish in the playoff standings. No. 3 is very likely.
Nov 24 - 11:35 PM

Notre Dame redshirt senior LB Drue Tranquill has accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Tranquill has been among the most productive linebackers in college football in his time with the Fighting Irish when he's on the field. Unfortunately, he's been limited throughout his career with various injuries, including two ACL tears. He made the move from safety to linebacker, so he's able to help in coverage, and the 6-foot-2, 235-pound defender is also stout in the run game. He'll have to test well and show he's healthy, but if he can, he'll be one of the first senior linebackers selected in 2019.
Nov 21 - 3:53 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 OLB J.D. Bertrand.

Bertrand (6'1/220) also was considering schools like Georgia, Wisconsin, Florida and several other high-profile schools. He's ranked the 15th best outside linebacker by 247 Sports in their composite rankings, and the 34th best prospect in the always loaded state of Georgia. The undefeated Irish have also had an excellent recruiting season so far, with a class that ranks 10th overall per those same rankings.
Source: 247 Sports
Nov 19 - 8:49 PM

Notre Dame junior S Alohi Gilman was named the Walter Camp Player of the Week for his performance against Syracuse.

The Notre Dame defense completely shut down Syracuse last week, and Gilman was a major contributor. The Navy transfer made eight tackles, but it was his two interceptions that swung momentum and kept Syracuse out of the end zone. His performance also got him mentioned listed on Pro Football Focus' Week 12 National Team of the Week. The Fighting Irish just need to beat the struggling Trojans to be in the driver's seat for a CFB bid.
Nov 18 - 3:20 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Dexter Williams carried the ball 13 times for 74 yards with a touchdown in a 36-3 rout of Syracuse on Saturday.

Williams wasn't close to the dominant effort he had against Florida State (202 yards, two scores) against the Orange, and it was looking like he was going to have a season-low total of yards. On 2nd and 20 with just over four minutes left, he scampered for 32 yards and a score, however, and he's now reached paydirt in six-of-seven games. Williams will very likely score again next Saturday when the undefeated Fighting Irish take on USC.
Nov 17 - 6:04 PM

Notre Dame junior WR Chase Claypool hauled in six receptions for 98 yards with a score in a 36-3 thrashing of Syracuse on Saturday.

Claypool was the go-to option in this one, particularly on the short screen throws from Ian Book. His touchdown was a 10-yard strike from Book that gave Notre Dame a 29-0 lead in the third quarter. Claypool, Boykin and Alize Mack -- as of late, anyway -- give the Irish a legit group of receivers for Book to get the ball to. They'll take on USC on Saturday.
Nov 17 - 5:57 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Ian Book completed 23-of-37 passes for 292 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a a 36-3 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.

It wasn't ever close. Book didn't show any side effects from the rib injury that kept him out of the victory over Florida State on Saturday. The interception was a fourth-and-goal play from the one-yard line where he was just trying to hope for the best as he was falling backward. Outside of that and a few other throws, he was the accurate passer that we've seen all year; particularly on the short and medium routes. Book and the Irish remain undefeated, and they'll have a chance to finish 12-0 if they beat USC in Los Angeles next Saturday.
Nov 17 - 5:54 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said that redshirt sophomore QB Ian Book (ribs) has turned in a "good week" of practice.

Book sat in favor of Brandon Wimbush against FSU on Saturday, but the expectation early in the week was that he would be back in action against Syracuse this coming weekend. Nothing has changed on that front. Kelly said that while the redshirt sophomore was understandably a little rusty when he returned to practice on Tuesday, he showed out much more sharply on Wednesday and Thursday. The Irish are two games away from a perfect regular season and a presumed Playoff berth, but must defeat Syracuse and USC to ensure that they hold steady at their No. 3 slot for the big postseason shebang.
Nov 15 - 6:42 PM


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