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ESPN's Andrea Adelson lists Georgia vs. Notre Dame as the top non-conference game on the 2019 schedule.

There are some good ones this year -- Texas against LSU, Auburn vs. Oregon and Texas A&M travelling to Clemson -- but this is an easy pick for the top non-conference game. As Adelson notes, this game became even more intriguing with Georgia talking large amounts of trash to the Fighting Irish after they were shellacked in the playoffs by Clemson. It's worth noting that Georgia backed up that trash talk by, well, not backing it up at all in a loss to Texas in the Sugar Bowl. Even without that plot, this is a game between two teams that should compete for the playoffs. We can't wait.
Source: ESPN
Jan 16 - 8:55 PM

Tim Prister of 247Sports reports that Notre Dame OC Chip Long will not leave Notre Dame for Alabama.

Reports over the weekend stated that even with Steve Sarkisian joining Alabama -- likely as offensive coordinator -- that Long could be headed to the Crimson Tide. Prister hears from a source that the OC will not be headed to Alabama. If Long were to leave, the Notre Dame job would likely draw considerable interested.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 14 - 11:59 AM

Notre Dame OC Chip Long could join the Alabama staff even if Steve Sarkisian becomes the offensive coordinator.

Long has had a successful run at Notre Dame, and he's now reportedly drawing interest from Nick Saban, who just lost his OC, OC-to-be, QB coach, OL coach, and WR coach after the National Championship Game loss. Sarkisian could re-join Saban's staff as OC, but that may not prevent Long, who was visiting Alabama this weekend, from moving South.
Jan 13 - 12:03 PM

Notre Dame junior WR Miles Boykin declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Boykin didn't receive much hoopla with his declaration, but he's a very intriguing talent and a big loss for the Notre Dame passing game. The junior wideout caught 59 passes in 2018 with eight touchdowns to go along with 872 yards receiving. At 6-foot-4, 228-pounds, Boykin obviously has NFL size and shows quality athleticism, but he's had issues with drops. He put his name into the NFL Draft Advisory Board, so Boykin must have liked the grade he received since he's leaving South Bend. He's likely a Day 2 pick at this point.
Jan 11 - 3:04 PM

Notre Dame junior WR Chase Claypool will return in 2019 for his senior season.

Claypool (6'4/227) went to Twitter to post his highlight tape that ended with "To Be Continued." Certainly big news for the Fighting Irish as they look to repeat this season's success in 2019. As a junior, Claypool caught 50 passes for 639 yards and four touchdowns. With his draft stock on the line in 2019, expect Claypool to increase his production next year with QB Ian Book back and WR Miles Boykin gone.
Jan 10 - 9:24 PM

Notre Dame junior DE Julian Okwara will return to school for his senior season.

A big return for Notre Dame. Okwara (6'5/241) was one of the top pass rushers for the Fighting Irish in 2018, and really came on strong towards the end of the season. He had a sack in the last three games of the year, and prior to that streak, he had 2.5 sacks against Northwestern. He should be a starting edge rusher for Notre Dame in 2019, and a strong season will help him improve his mid-round draft stock.
Jan 5 - 5:25 PM

Notre Dame junior CB Julian Love ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at his Pro Day.

That would be a good enough time to stay in the mix at the Round 1/2 borderline, but hopefully Love (5'11/193) can flirt with 4.40 with a couple months of training for the NFL Combine. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Love, who declared today, as his No. 4 corner in the class.
Jan 4 - 5:58 PM

Notre Dame junior CB Julian Love declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

It was a disappointing end of the season for Love; he missed most of the first half of the 30-3 loss to Clemson in the Cotton Bowl and didn't make much of an impact when he did play. That being said, Notre Dame doesn't finish undefeated without strong play from players like the junior corner, who was a nominee for the Jim Thorpe award. At 5-foot-11, 193-pounds, Love should have the size to play on the outside, but also might possess the quickness to defend in the slot. Mel Kiper Jr. ranks him fourth among corners in the 2019 class, and it would be an upset if Love was still on the board at the end of the second round.
Jan 4 - 4:43 PM

Notre Dame senior TE Alize Mack officially declared for the NFL Draft.

The cat was out of the bag when Mack (6'5/247) accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl in December, but there's no harm in making your intentions public. The former five-star tight end had issues with injuries and also missed a season because of suspension, but the athletic talent is obvious, and he might be a player who is a better pro than collegiate player. How he tests at events like the Senior Bowl will go along way towards confirming Mack as a potential mid-round pick -- maybe even a Day 2 selection.
Jan 4 - 3:01 PM

Notre Dame junior DE Khalid Kareem will return for his senior season.

Kareem (6'4/265) asked for feedback regarding his draft stock, and he has since decided to return to school. A disruptive 2018 season that resulted in 4.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss elevated his draft position, but Kareem will get a chance at becoming a Day 2 prospect with another quality season in 2019.
Jan 3 - 6:01 PM

The Indianapolis Star's Mike Berardino reports that an NFL job is "not a consideration" for Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly.

A source familiar with Kelly's thinking told Berardino that he would be "shocked" if Kelly left South Bend for an NFL coaching position. The Chicago Tribune's David Haugh reported earlier on Wednesday that Kelly was a "coach of interest" for the Buccaneers, but water has now been thrown on that notion from both the Bucs' side of the equation -- The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud subsequently reported that Tampa Bay was not looking into the Notre Dame coach -- and now the Kelly side. We'll keep our eye on this one in case anything changes, but at this juncture, it does not appear as though Kelly is on the verge of making any sort of coaching jump.
Jan 2 - 5:19 PM

Countering an earlier report, The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud passes along that Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly is not a candidate for the Buccaneers job.

Earlier on Wednesday, 670 The Score's David Haugh -- who also contributes to the Chicago Tribune -- reported that Kelly was a "coach of interest" for the Buccaneers. It looks like that might not be the case, or might not be the case to a notable degree. Stroud hears from sources close to Tampa's hiring process that Kelly is not among the coaches the Bucs are seriously targeting. Kelly flirted with a potential NFL jump back in 2012, when he interviewed with the Eagles.
Jan 2 - 12:58 PM

670 The Score's David Haugh reports that Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly has emerged "as a coach of interest" to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to Haugh, it's not immediately clear whether the interest is reciprocal in this case. We have seen Kelly entertain the possibility of an NFL job before, most notably interviewing with the Eagles following the 2012 season. He's coming off a stellar 12-1 campaign in which he led his Irish to the Playoff (albeit with a sour end result). A jump to the Buccaneers -- who went just 5-11 in 2018 -- would require him to take on a rebuilding project, though according to Haugh's sources, it would be a well-funded venture, with an annual salary of $10 million or thereabouts possibly in play should Kelly opt to take on the new challenge.
Jan 2 - 11:17 AM

Notre Dame junior WR Miles Boykin caught five passes for 69 yards in a 30-3 loss to Clemson on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

Boykin was one of the few effective offensive players for the Irish, but it wasn't nearly enough with Clemson dominating in all aspects of this game. Boykin finishes his junior year with 59 catches for 872 yards and eight touchdowns, and has put his name into the NFL Draft Advisory Board. If he gets the grade he desires he's very likely to leave, but if not, he could improve his stock with a strong senior season for the Irish in 2019.
Sat, Dec 29, 2018 08:01:00 PM

Notre Dame senior RB Dexter Williams ran for 54 yards on 16 carries in a 30-3 blowout loss to Clemson on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

Williams also caught three passes for 29 yards. A few flashes of brilliance for the senior tailback, but not enough, as Notre Dame ran for just 88 yards against the stout Clemson defense. Williams had a breakout season despite missing the first four games with a suspension, and he's now off to the NFL. We'll see him in the Reese's Senior Bowl, and he performs well in that game, the 5-foot-11, 215-pound tailback should see his stock rise.
Sat, Dec 29, 2018 07:58:00 PM


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