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Notre Dame junior TE Alize Mack (hamstring) returned to practice on Sunday.

Mack has been limited by a hamstring issue over the past week-plus, but it would appear that he should be healthy for the Irish's season-opener against Temple on September 2. A hulking potential target for QB Brandon Wimbush, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Mack sat out the 2016 season due to academic travails.
Aug 20 - 4:58 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Dexter Williams said that "we run the ball a lot more in this offense."

After Irish OC Mike Sanford accepted the head-coaching gig at Western Kentucky this winter, Notre Dame hired Memphis OC Chip Long to take his place. Williams has taken to Long's offense, saying, "Running the ball is the difference from last year's offense" and noting that "Coach Long is relying on us to do that." Williams, Josh Adams and Tony Jones Jr. should all see significant run of varying degrees when the season boots up.
Source: ND Insider
Aug 15 - 2:59 PM

Wisconsin and Notre Dame announced that they will play a series split between Lambeau Field and Solider Field for 2020 and 2021.

Wisconsin will be the "home team" when the two teams tango at Lambeau on October 3, 2020, while Notre Dame will return ostensible hosting honors at Soldier Field on September 25, 2021. The two squads have played 16 times (Notre Dame holds an 8-6-2 series edge), but none since 1964.
Aug 14 - 3:06 PM

Notre Dame junior TE Alize Mack is working through a minor hamstring pull.

Mack (6'5/240) pulled his hamstring in practice last week. He did not practice on Saturday, but kept limber by working on a stationary bike and running on the sideline. There is no current timetable for his return. The junior tight end missed the 2016 season due to academic concerns.
Aug 13 - 3:45 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 RB Jahmir Smith.

Smith (6'0/199) is something of a different cat when it comes to academics. He is a true star in the classroom -- his mother thinks that he has the potential to both play in the NFL and be a doctor -- and received scholarship offers from all eight Ivy League schools. The whip-smart back ranks as Scout.com's No. 31 RB for the 2018 cycle.
Jul 25 - 9:15 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 LB Shayne Simon.

Simon (6'2/195) was also considering Penn State and Michigan for his pledge. The Nittany Lions had a little momentum going as the summer progressed, but Notre Dame kept at it and ultimately landed the prize. Simon, who ranks as the No. 6 outside linebacker in the 2018 class on the 247Sports composite. Outlet analyst Steve Wiltfong writes that he "has the full tool bag and will bring a ton of versatility to ND’s defense." Wiltfong goes so far as to say that his position versatility is reminiscent of that of former Irish star Jaylon Smith.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 25 - 6:56 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein reports that Notre Dame and Wisconsin are discussing a series to be played at Soldier Field.

Per Greenstein, this is still in the planning stages and there is not expected to be an announcement on the series in the immediate future. Notre Dame and Wisconsin last played in 1964. The Irish have already had a number of games at Soldier Field and hold a 10-0-2 record in those contests.
Jul 24 - 1:26 PM

The mother of Notre Dame senior DT Daniel Cage said that her son plans on taking a medical redshirt in 2017 due to his history of concussions.

Cage (6'0/325) continues to feel headaches from a concussion suffered in November, his third such head injury during his time at Notre Dame. He also underwent offseason knee surgery. Cage's sidelining for the coming season leaves HC Brian Kelly incredibly thin when it comes to experienced defensive tackles outside of Jerry Tillery, Jonathan Bonner and Elijah Taylor (who underwent foot surgery in the spring).
Source: Scout.com
Jul 20 - 4:13 PM

Notre Dame junior S Ashton White has left the football program but will continue with his education at the university.

White wants to "focus on some ambitious academic goals of mine." He sat out the 2015 season and played in just six games last year. Notre Dame has a new defensive coordinator in Mike Elko.
Source: ND Insider
Jul 20 - 10:27 AM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 CB Kalon Gervin received an offer from Alabama over the weekend.

Normally, one offer doesn't move the needle much, but in this case, Gervin immediately bumped the Tide into his list of finalists, where they join Louisville, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon and Virginia Tech. The Hokies will be receiving a visit from the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder this coming weekend. While Scout.com's No. 283 overall prospect has yet to set a specific date to announce his pledge, he could make his decision before the end of July.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 18 - 5:58 PM

Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick said that he would be in favor of playing Alabama in the future.

"Alabama is one of those opponents we would love to play. I hope we do get that done," Swarbrick said. He also indicated that he would like to see the Irish take on Auburn at some point down the road. Notre Dame last played Alabama in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. That did not pan out so well for them -- they ended up losing by a 42-14 final score. Revenge is a dish best served with patience?
Jul 16 - 3:14 PM

Notre Dame junior TE Alize Mack was named to the 2017 John Mackey Award Watch List.

Mack (6'5/240) was forced to sit out the 2016 season due to academic concerns, but was cleared to return to work in January. Prior to all that unpleasantness which cost him his sophomore year, Mack -- a four-star recruit for the 2015 cycle -- caught 13 passes for 190 yards as a true freshman. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him as the No. 4 fantasy tight end in college football.
Source: und.com
Jul 13 - 5:08 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren believes that Notre Dame four-star 2018 verbal S commit Derrik Allen is talented enough to see the field as a freshman.

"Allen would come into a secondary that could use help, especially as a playmaking safety," VanHaaren writes, later adding that the 6-foot, 175-pounder "should have the opportunity to step on the field very early on in his career." VanHaaren colleague Gerry Hamilton would like to see Allen pack on a bit more playing weight and focus in on his work against the run as he enters his senior season at Lassiter High School (Georgia). The Worldwide Leader ranks him as the No. 73 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Jul 6 - 9:45 PM

Notre Dame and Arkansas have scheduled a home-and-home series.

Notre Dame will host Arkansas on September 12, 2020. Arkansas won't be returning the favor for a while after that, as the Irish will be making the trek to Fayetteville on October 4, 2025. "It’s remarkable to think our historic programs have never met, but we are excited that this will change in the near future as we add the University of Notre Dame to our football schedules in 2020 and 2025," said Arkansas AD Jeff Long.
Jul 6 - 4:51 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranked Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams as the No. 36 running back in college football.

"In a season filled with frustration for Notre Dame, Adams at least had some positive moments in his sophomore season," Brown writes, specifically pointing to his 180-yard effort against USC. For the 2016 campaign as a whole, Adams rushed for 933 yards (5.9 YPC) and five touchdowns while catching 21 passes for 193 yards and two additional scores. Adams will be joined by Dexter Williams and C.J. Holmes as the main cogs in the Irish's backfield for the coming campaign.
Jun 30 - 8:31 PM


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