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Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said of redshirt freshman RB/WR Jafar Armstrong, "the kid can go all day."

Kelly was effusive in his praise of Armstrong, calling the redshirt freshman "incredible" and "tenacious" while noting that "[w]e haven’t had that guy that can bang it up inside with that physicality. C.J. Prosise was nice, but he wasn’t Jafar." Armstrong (6'3/214) signed on with Notre Dame as a three-star receiver in the 2017 class, but the Irish needed a little more juice at the position with the exits of Josh Adams to the draft and Deon McIntosh and C.J. Holmes to dismissal. They began experimenting with Armstrong at running back in the spring. Expected starter Dexter Williams could potentially be facing a suspension from the university to start the season, which would open up opportunities for Armstrong to receive additional touches in the early going if he continues to impress in camp.
Source: ND Insider
Aug 13 - 4:50 PM

ESPN's Seth Walder considers Notre Dame a "surprise contender" for the College Football Playoff.

Walder's model gives Notre Dame a 42 percent chance of making the playoffs, the fourth best odds. His model uses a combination of strength of record, FPI, number of losses, conference championships, and independent status. While this may sound outlandish, Notre Dame has a strong enough schedule to make the playoff but not too hard that they won't be able to produce more than 10 wins. They return nine starters on defense and have a lot of good replacements for offensive departures. If Notre Dame can scrape out a win in their first game against Michigan, they have a legitimate chance at making a trip to the playoff.
Source: ESPN
Aug 12 - 12:23 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Brandon Wimbush was listed as the No. 1 QB on their depth chart heading into August camp.

This puts QB Ian Book as their No. 2, but Brian Kelly said the depth chart isn't set in stone saying, "we hope that we have great competition, which we will, and Brandon is going to have to compete." He continued "He can’t sleepwalk through this and he knows that, because Ian deserves the opportunity, too, to compete for the position and they will get that opportunity." The quarterback position is one of the team's biggest question marks heading into the season after Wimbush' benching in the Citrus bowl and Book coming on to save the day. Kelly has reportedly been "pleased" with Wimbush thus far in camp, but he will need to improve upon last year's dismal 49.5 percent completion rate for the Irish to have any aspirations to make the playoff.
Aug 5 - 11:20 AM

The Athletic's Stewart Mandel lists Notre Dame as one of the teams that are overrated in the Amway Coaches Poll to open the season.

The Irish come in 11th on the list, and we were a bit surprised to see a team that lost so much rank that highly, as well. As Mandel notes, the biggest two losses are on the offensive line, as top 10 picks Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey are off to the NFL. "The defense lost renowned coordinator Mike Elko after just one season," writes Mandel. "This looks more like an 8-4 squad." The schedule suggests Notre Dame might be slightly better than that, but a top dozen ranking seems far-fetched right now.
Aug 3 - 8:45 PM

When asked whether Notre Dame junior RB Dexter Williams will play in the team's opener versus Michigan, HC Brian Kelly said, "he's on our roster."

Kelly's evasiveness on the question is understandable enough, as Williams has had a devil of a time staying healthy during his career with the Irish and there's additionally been a low rumble of rumor this summer that he might be facing some kind of discipline to open the year. We'll be reading all the tea leaves we can find in camp this month. Notre Dame is out one Josh Adams for the coming campaign, but will try to cobble together an approximation of his fine work with the combination of Williams and Tony Jones Jr..
Aug 2 - 1:17 PM

ESPN's Dan Murphy lists Notre Dame senior C Sam Mustipher as the most underrated member of the Fighting Irish roster.

Mustipher (6'2/304) has been one of the most consistent member of the Notre Dame lineup over the last two years, as Murphy notes, and he hasn't missed a start in two years. The Fighting Irish are losing two players who were taken in the top 10 of last year's draft in Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey, so returning players like Mustipher will be key to Notre Dame being able to run the football like they did in 2018.
Source: ESPN
Jul 8 - 1:49 PM

ESPN's Phil Steele lists Notre Dame as a team that could surprise and make a playoff run in 2018.

Steele notes that he had Notre Dame as the most improved team from 2016 to 2017 -- although it would have been tough for the Irish to be worse than their 4-8 record in '16 -- and they came through with a strong 10-3 season that briefly saw them playoff contenders. He thinks the contention could turn into reality in 2018. "Overall, 15 starters return, including nine from a defense that ranks no lower than No. 21 on my three defensive top individual units," Steele writes. "Even with the graduations of Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey, the offensive line is stocked with talent and will be stout." He also notes that Notre Dame only plays four true road games, and two of those are young teams in Virginia Tech and USC. The Fighting Irish will have to get more consistency from Brandon Wimbush if it's going to happen, but if they do, Notre Dame could be playing a meaningful game in late December.
Source: ESPN
Jul 6 - 8:17 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Brendon Clark, who had previously been committed to Wake Forest.

Clark reopened his recruitment in the middle of June, and he commits to Notre Dame after visiting the school shortly after. The Irish needed a quarterback in the class, as they had lost long-time commit Cade McNamara to Michigan a few months earlier. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound signal-caller ranks 22nd among the position in 247 Composite rankings.
Jul 6 - 7:27 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 ATH Cam Hart.

Hart (6'3/181) was seriously considering Michigan State and Virginia Tech, too, but the Irish ultimately won out for his pledge. The Olney, Maryland, native ranks as Rivals' No. 12 prospect in the state. While he would prefer to work in the secondary once he arrives in South Bend, Hart acknowledged that his cleanest path to playing time would likely come at receiver and said that wideout is his "main position" as of current due to that fact.
Source: Rivals
Jul 4 - 12:36 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 TE Michael Mayer.

Mayer was considered by recruiting analysts to have Ohio State and Notre Dame as his top two schools, but it's the Irish who would get his signature if signing day was here. It's not, but it's a substantial get for the 2020 Irish class, as he ranks third among tight ends in 247 Sports composite rankings. He's also the second four-star player at the position to commit, with Kevin Bauman pledging to the school in the middle of June. With three four-star commits, Notre Dame's 2020 class ranks sixth in 247 Sports rankings.
Jul 2 - 3:28 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said of transfers, "I don’t think it can be a good thing, unless they have their degree."

"Then if a young man believes he could be receiving more playing time, we shouldn’t be quarreling about playing time. You should go find a place to play," Kelly said. He added that Notre Dame prefers to develop in house, in part because the university offers what the head coach referred to as "a very limited graduated program." While Kelly is almost certainly not alone among the coaching fraternity in his discomfort with the transfer landscape, the cat's escaped the bag already. If anything, the NCAA is now working to loosen their transfer regulations.
Source: ND Insider
Jun 30 - 1:16 PM

Rivals analyst Adam Friedman compared Notre Dame four-star 2020 verbal QB commit Drew Pyne to Memphis QB Brady White.

"Pyne and White have very precise throwing motions and they are known for getting the ball out of their hands quickly," Friedman writes, adding that "[q]uestions about their height will follow them around for the rest of their careers but their other abilities give them plenty to use as they work towards success." Pyne (6'0/172) showed out well at the Rivals 3 Stripe camp regional in New Jersey earlier this offseason, holding his own against prospects a class ahead of him. His accuracy and mechanics were readily evident on that spring afternoon. Pyne committed to Notre Dame in mid-April.
Source: Rivals
Jun 27 - 4:49 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 ATH Kyren Williams.

Williams (5'9/191) looked for all the world like he would be committing to Michigan a month ago, when he showed up to the Rivals 3 Stripe regional in Chicago wearing maize and blue gloves. Rivals analyst Josh Helmholdt certainly thought this would be his ultimate direction, predicting a UM pledge near the end of May. Not to be for the Wolverines, though, not to be. An official visit to South Bend this past weekend appears to have done the trick for Notre Dame. Previously, Williams had not planned on making a commitment at all until the fall. CBS Sports analyst Tom Lemming refers to the talented athlete as "an all-purpose back that fits into a spread offense where he can run and catch." While Williams has experience at a number of positions, Notre Dame views him as a running back and has approached his recruitment from that angle.
Source: ND Insider
Jun 22 - 11:42 AM

Notre Dame redshirt freshman LB David Adams is retiring due to a variety of injury concerns.

In his Twitter announcement, Adams explained that he had sustained a number of injuries during his senior season of high school ball before signing with Notre Dame as a three-star recruit in the 2017 class. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder ticked off several surgeries he's undergone, including procedures on both shoulders as well as one on his knee. Concussions were also a concern for Adams. The linebacker will remain on scholarship without counting against Notre Dame's 85-man limit now that he's opted to step away from the gridiron.
Jun 20 - 2:26 PM

Notre Dame senior LB Te'Von Coney was sentenced to a year of probation for his 2016 arrest on a marijuana possession charge.

Coney (6'1/240) was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession along with three other former Notre Dame players in August of 2016 after the quartet was pulled over during a traffic stop. While none of the other players (Kevin Stepherson, Max Redfield, Ashton Young) in question remain on the team, Coney's made it through the fire and looks like he'll be ready to rock and/or roll this coming season now that his legal troubles have been concluded. He was a standout performer for the Irish last year, recording 116 tackles (13.0 for loss). Coney kicked around a potential NFL Draft declaration this past winter before ultimately deciding to give it one more go in South Bend.
Source: ND Insider
Jun 19 - 2:41 PM


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