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Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 CB Isaiah Rutherford.

Rutherford was also strongly considering Colorado and Oregon, and he also had offers from schools like LSU, Oklahoma and Cal. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound corner is considered one of the better defensive back prospects in the country, ranking at 178 in he 247 Sports composite board. It's the 13th four-star recruit to join the Fighting Irish's class in 247 Sports' eyes, and they rank 11th overall in their rankings.
Source: 247 Sports
Oct 15 - 2:11 PM

Notre Dame junior WR Miles Boykin caught four passes for 84 yards with a touchdown in a 19-14 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Boykin (6'4/228) had a quiet game for most of the afternoon, and couldn't come up with a pass on a two-point conversion late in the game. He certainly redeemed himself, catching a 35-yard touchdown from Ian Book to give the Irish the 19-14 lead and the win. The big wideout has come on strong since Ian Book took over, and hes scored in three straight games. He'll look to find the end zone again in two weeks when Notre Dame faces Navy.
Oct 13 - 5:55 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Ian Book completed 26-of-32 passes with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 19-14 victory over Pitt on Saturday.

Notre Dame came into this game massive favorites, but give credit to Pittsburgh for giving the Irish their first real scare of the 2018 season. Book started out slow, and made two costly turnovers that kept the Irish from reaching the end zone. After the second pick, Book was outstanding, completing his last 10 passes of the game, including the game-winner to Miles Boykin from 35 yards out. If the Irish are serious about playoff contention, they're going to have to play better than they did Saturday, but they still move to 7-0. Navy is next on October 27 in San Diego.
Oct 13 - 5:49 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore RB Tony Jones Jr. (ankle) is expected to be able to practice in full this week.

Jones (5'11/220) sprained his ankle against Stanford two weekends ago. He was able to take the field against Virginia Tech on Saturday, though he received just two carries in that win. Even at full health, it's an open question as to just how many touches Jones might receive moving forward. Dexter Williams has come out on fire these past two weeks after sitting out the first four games.
Oct 9 - 3:03 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said that redshirt sophomore QB Ian Book will start against Pittsburgh on Saturday, dispelling rumors of a possible suspension.

There was speculation on social media on Monday that Book might be facing some sort of suspension related to academics. Looks like that was speculation and nothing more. If there's any change in the redshirt sophomore's status during the practice week, we'll pass along word. Book has thrown for 874 yards (73.3-percent completions) with an 8/1 TD/INT ratio while starting the last three games in place of the ineffective Brandon Wimbush. Since he's taken over, Notre Dame's offense has been clicking at a different level.
Oct 9 - 2:20 PM

Notre Dame redshirt freshman RB Jafar Armstrong (infection) has begun full rehabilitation and will have the sutures removed from his surgically-repaired knee at the end of the week.

He underwent surgery late last month. The plan has been to get Armstrong back after the bye and he's right on schedule. The Irish get Pittsburgh on Oct. 13 and then have a bye before traveling to San Diego to play Navy on Oct. 27.
Oct 9 - 1:55 PM

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said junior RB Dexter Williams is "making the most out of his [opportunity]."

Williams (5'11/215) missed the first four games of the season because of a suspension, but he has been electric in his first two games. In Saturday's 45-23 win over Virginia Tech, the junior back ran for three touchdowns and 178 yards on his 17 carries. His biggest play was a monstrous 97 yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Williams is now averaging 8.9 yards per carry and will enter next week's matchup against Pitt as Notre Dame's top running back.
Oct 7 - 2:19 PM

Notre Dame junior WR Miles Boykin caught eight passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 45-23 drubbing of Virginia Tech.

Boykin (6'4/228) has come on strong since Ian Book took over for Brandon Wimbush at quarterback several weekends ago. He's now notched back-to-back 100-yard efforts, this after managing just one such showing through the first four games of the campaign. On Saturday, he scored a 40-yard touchdown on a nice catch-and-run down the left sideline in the third quarter before polishing off his scoring with an easy five-yard score early in the fourth quarter. The Notre Dame offense is simply running at a different level now that Book is in at quarterback and RB Dexter Williams is back from suspension. They'll look to improve to 7-0 when they take on Pitt next weekend. Following that one, they'll have contests against Navy, Northwestern, Florida State, Syracuse and USC to close out the season. That's the road the Fighting Irish will be navigating as they try for a Playoff berth.
Oct 7 - 12:18 AM

Notre Dame junior RB Dexter Williams rushed for 178 yard and three touchdowns on 17 carries in Saturday's 45-23 win over Virginia Tech.

Williams (5'11/215) has come out with monster efforts in each of the last two games after he was sidelined for the first four contests on suspension. Against Stanford last weekend, he busted out for 161 yards and a score. Even stronger work versus the Hokies on Saturday. Over half of his yardage came on a thundering 97-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. That huge effort pushed the Irish to a 24-16 lead, one which they would not look back from. Williams will try for a third consecutive mega-showing against Pitt in Week 7.
Oct 7 - 12:12 AM

Notre Dame junior DE Julian Okwara was ejected from Saturday's game at Virginia Tech for targeting.

Since the play occurred in the first half Okwara will not miss any of Notre Dame's Oct. 13 home game against Pittsburgh. But the ejection did leave the Fighting Irish down two defensive ends for the remainder of Saturday's game, as junior Daelin Hayes did not travel to Blacksburg due to a shoulder injury.
Oct 6 - 10:33 PM

Draft Network's Brad Kelly writes that Notre Dame senior TE Alize Mack "projects perfectly for the modern role of the tight end in the NFL."

"On top of his athleticism, he has the potential of a dominant redzone threat with his ball skills and strength above the rim," Kelly writes of the 6-foot-5, 247-pound senior. Adds the analyst, "Additionally, Mack can stretch the field up the seam or block in space out on the edge." We're finally starting to see the tight end blossom after several frustrating years marred by off-field concern and health issues. He's caught 20 passes for 170 yards and a score in five games this season, Already, he's past his output from a year ago, which was largely shut down by injury.
Oct 4 - 6:56 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore RB Tony Jones Jr. (ankle) is expected to play in Saturday's game against Virginia Tech.

Jones (5'11/220) is working through a sprained ankle sustained against Stanford this past weekend. Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said after that game that he expected the redshirt sophomore to be able to give it a go versus the Hokies upcoming, and nothing has gone awry during the practice week to change that positive prognosis. Assuming no late setback, Jones will work in tandem with the just-back Dexter Williams against Bud Foster's defense in Blacksburg. He's rushed for 303 yards (5.4 YPC) and three touchdowns over the course of five games played this year.
Oct 4 - 6:30 PM

Draft Network's Brad Kelly writes that Notre Dame junior WR Miles Boykin possesses "strong, natural hands that allows him to pluck passes out of the air at full extension."

"Numerous times [in Saturday's win over Stanford], he adjusted to balls thrown slightly behind or ahead of him with ease, always extending towards the catch point," Kelly notes, referring to Boykin as "look[ing] the part of a possession receiver at the next level." The 6-foot-4, 228-pounder -- now freed from the shackles of QB Brandon Wimbush -- went off to grab 11 passes for 144 yards versus the Cardinal this past weekend. Concluded the analyst, "His size limits his burst after the catch, but few receivers have his combination of strength and ball skills upon entering the NFL draft."
Oct 4 - 6:10 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly reiterated that redshirt freshman RB Jafar Armstrong won't be back until after the bye week after Armstrong underwent surgery to clean up a bursa sac infection.

Luckily, Armstrong’s knee infection was caught early, which didn't allow it to spread. "It’s a bursa sac infection," Kelly said. "We had to go in there surgically and clean up the infection. That wound has got to heal. It’s going to be a couple weeks. (We) probably won’t get him back until after the bye week." After playing Virginia Tech this weekend, the Irish get Pittsburgh on Oct. 13. Notre Dame then has a bye before traveling to San Diego to play Navy on Oct. 27. The Navy game is Armstrong's targeted return date.
Source: 247 Sports
Oct 2 - 12:56 PM

Notre Dame redshirt senior Alex Bars will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's win over Stanford.

HC Brian Kelly said Sunday that "our doctors fear the worst" and indicated there may be damage to both the ACL and MCL in Bars' left knee. "It's devastating for us," Kelly said. "I feel so bad for the kid." The fifth-year senior was one of college football's best interior linemen. Trevor Ruhland and Aaron Banks will vie to fill his vacancy.
Source: ESPN
Oct 2 - 12:02 PM


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