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Notre Dame redshirt sophomore RB Tony Jones Jr. ran for 118 yards on 17 carries in a 22-17 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

He also had two catches for 56 yards. Jones Jr. briefly had to leave with a hand/wrist injury, but he returned, and he was the most effective offensive player on the team. While he didn't get into the end zone, he had several powerful runs that set up Justin Yoon field goals and a Brandon Wimbush scoring touchdown. Jafar Armstrong had been the bell-cow in previous weeks, but Jones was clearly the go-to back in this one. We'll see if that remains the case next Saturday against Wake Forest.
Sep 15 - 6:06 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Brandon Wimbush completed 13-of-23 passes for 122 yards and ran for 84 yards and a touchdown in a 22-17 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Wimbush -- again -- was not terribly accurate with the football, but he did have some nice throws and showed some touch on a beautiful throw to Tony Jones for 32 yards. His rushing score was a 12-yarder up the middle to give the Irish a 10-0 lead. This could have been an even bigger game for Wimbush, but bizarrely, he was substituted out when Notre Dame got inside the five twice for Ian Book. Wimbush and the Irish take on Wake Forest next Saturday.
Sep 15 - 6:03 PM

Updating a previous item, Notre Dame redshirt sophomore RB Tony Jones Jr. (hand/wrist) has returned to Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.

Jones was checked out ever-so-briefly for a left hand or wrist issue on the sideline, but he barely had to miss any game time before returning to action. Should be good to go moving forward, but we'll keep tabs if his hand causes him any problems as the contest progresses.
Sep 15 - 3:21 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore RB Tony Jones Jr. was spotted getting his left hand/wrist checked out on the sideline in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.

It's unclear at this juncture if there's any serious injury a-foot with Jones, here, but so long as he's on the sideline, it'll be Jafar Armstrong receiving the bulk of the work on the ground. Notre Dame leads Vandy 9-0 as the first quarter winds down.
Sep 15 - 3:14 PM

Notre Dame sophomore TE Cole Kmet (leg) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.

Kmet exited last Saturday's game against Ball State with a right leg injury. This hurts Notre Dame's depth at the position, but that's about it.
Sep 11 - 4:47 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Notre Dame senior TE Alize Mack has seen his stock slide after the first two weeks.

Mack was considered by many analysts to be the top senior tight end in the country, as Pauline mentions, but he hasn't been productive on the field, as he's hauled in just three passes in wins against Michigan and Ball State. A five-star recruit, Mack has been troubled by injuries and also missed a year due to academic issues as well. "Some will point an accusing finger at the Notre Dame passing attack," Pauline writes, "but Mack needs to step up his game to have any chance of being selected in the draft’s initial 100 selections."
Sep 10 - 3:55 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore RB Tony Jones Jr. scored two touchdowns and ran for 61 yards on 13 carries in a 24-16 victory over Ball State on Saturday.

Jones Jr. had a solid game against the Cardinals on Saturday, and found the end zone on his first touch; a 31-yard scamper to give Notre Dame a 14-6 lead. He scored again a quarter later on a one-yard plunge to up the lead to 24-6. Jafar Armstrong appears to be the top option in the running game, but Notre Dame will run the ball a lot this year, giving Jones a chance for plenty of touches. Vanderbilt is next on September 15.
Sep 8 - 7:32 PM

Notre Dame junior WR Miles Boykin snared six passes for 119 yards on Saturday in a 24-16 victory over Ball State.

Boykin was quarterback Brandon Wimbush's go-to target -- again -- and even with Wimbush struggling with bad decisions and accuracy, the wideout was able to have a big day. He had a long catch of 27 yards, and he helped move the chains to keep Notre Dame from being upset. The quarterback situation is shaky, but Boykin looks legit. He could have a big game next Saturday against Vanderbilt.
Sep 8 - 7:26 PM

Notre Dame redshirt freshman RB Jafar Armstrong ran for 66 yards and a score on 13 carries and caught three passes for 61 yards in a 24-16 victory over Ball State on Saturday.

Armstrong got the Irish off to a strong start, taking a carry for 42 yards to the one yard-line, and he scored a couple plays later to make it 7-0 Irish. He didn't do much on the ground after that, but he showed his receiving prowess on his three catches. Keep in mind that Armstrong is a converted receiver, so look for Notre Dame to find ways to get him the ball in several ways over the 2018 season. He should see plenty of touches next Saturday against Vanderbilt.
Sep 8 - 7:23 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Brandon Wimbush completed 17-of-31 passes for 297 yards and threw three interceptions in a 24-16 victory on Saturday over Ball State.

Wimbush could have had several more interceptions if Ball State could have made catches. He also wasn't able to get anything going in the ground game, running for negative seven yards on 11 carries with a long of nine. He was able to show off his impressive arm strength, however, and while he didn't find the end zone, he was able to make some big throws to set up scores. He'll need to play considerably better than this against better competition if the Irish are serious about playoff contention, however. A test comes next Saturday against Vanderbilt.
Sep 8 - 7:15 PM

Notre Dame sophomore TE Cole Kmet left Saturday's game against Ball State due to a right leg injury.

Kmet suffered the injury during the fourth quarter, and he was unable to put any pressure on the leg when being helped off of the field. Losing Kmet, an outstanding athlete who's also a member of the Notre Dame baseball team, would be a hit to the Fighting Irish's depth at the tight end position. Kmet caught one pass for 18 yards against Ball State prior to his departure.
Sep 8 - 7:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Brandon Wimbush was pressured on 53.8 percent of his dropbacks during their victory over Michigan last Saturday.

Wimbush completed 12-of-22 passes for 170 yards in the win, and while that may not seem overtly impressed, it is when you consider just how often Michigan was getting to the signal-caller. Chase Wincovich was particularly impressive, consistently getting in the face of Wimbush. The Fighting Irish did lose two offensive lineman to the NFL in Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey, so we'll have to keep an eye on how the line adjusts as the season progresses. A much easier test comes Saturday against Ball State.
Sep 7 - 9:15 PM

Notre Dame senior DT Jerry Tillery was listed as a "riser" by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Tillery (6'7/305) and the Notre Dame defensive front shut down Michigan in a major win last weekend, but Tillery also helped himself in the eyes of the NFL scouting community. In the win, the athletic defensive tackle had a career-high two sacks with four total tackles, including two of them for a loss. Pauline said, "[Tillery] looked quick, explosive and was at times impossible to stop." Already given second-round grades by some NFL scouts, Tillery could sneak into the first round.
Sep 5 - 5:52 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said sophomore DL Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa has a broken foot that could keep him out the rest of the regular season.

Tagovailoa-Amosa (6'3/285) has a chance to return late in the year for the Fighting Irish. Kelly said the injury is "disappointing" but Notre Dame has a lot of talent up front -- Khalid Kareem was the national Player of the Week this weekend for example. As a freshman last year, Tagovailoa-Amosa was credited with seven solo tackles, including two of them for a loss. He will likely use his redshirt season this year, but that still grants him the opportunity to play in up to three more games if he can return quick enough.
Sep 2 - 2:27 PM

Notre Dame junior DE Khalid Kareem and West Virginia senior QB Will Grier named Walter Camp National FBS Players of the Week.

Kareem (6'4/265) was a primary reason Notre Dame was able to hold off Michigan in a must win game for Notre Dame if they want to make it to the CFP. In the victory, Kareem had two and half tackles for a loss, seven solo tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. That is serious production and will have a lot of opportunity to disrupt against Ball State next week. In West Virginia's win, Will Grier -- the co-Player of the Week -- threw for 429 yards and five touchdowns.
Sep 2 - 1:10 PM


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