Football Focus 2014

Articles filed under Notre Dame

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  • Notre Dame faces first tough test against Stanford Oct 1, 2014 6:19 AM
    Ninth-ranked Notre Dame is about to face its stiffest challenge this season. After beating four teams with a combined record of 7-11, with none of those opponents’ victories coming against Power Five conference teams, the Fighting Irish (4-0) on Saturday host 14th-ranked Stanford (3-1), which has the nation’s top-rated dense. The Cardinal also has beaten the Irish four of their last five meetings.

     
  • Coaches use large network to watch for injury Sep 30, 2014 6:46 PM
    The sideline is often the worst place to watch a football game. Even for the head coach standing front and center, getting a good look at what is happening on the field can be difficult. Behind the coach can be 100 players and dozens of assistants and staffers packed into an area 50 yards long, all zipping from play to play. How is a coach supposed to look for injuries in all that activity, and still run his team? With plenty of help.

     
  • Golson completes 25 straight, No. 8 ND wins 31-15 Sep 27, 2014 11:38 PM
    Everett Golson completed 25 straight passes, setting a Notre Dame record, and threw for four touchdowns to lead the eighth-ranked Fighting Irish to a 31-15 victory against Syracuse on Saturday night. Golson’s record-breaking game was far from perfect. The quarterback threw his first two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter by Durell Eskridge. He fumbled the ball away deep in Syracuse territory and bumbled an attempt to spike the ball late in the first half to stop the clock into another giveaway.

     
  • Syracuse next for Notre Dame, maturing Golson Sep 26, 2014 4:05 PM
    The offense Brian Kelly ran when he was coach at Cincinnati, the one that pushed the pace and regularly rung up 30-point games, has finally arrived at Notre Dame. The return of quarterback Everett Golson and his development from game-manager to playmaker has allowed Kelly to unleash his spread attack. The result is an offense on pace to be the most productive in the coach’s five-year tenure in South Bend, Indiana.

     
  • Kelly: 5 suspended players to have hearings by next week Sep 23, 2014 1:53 PM
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says five players being withheld from games because of possible academic dishonesty should have their honor code hearings completed by the end of next week.

     
  • Notre Dame pulls away from Purdue in 2nd half Sep 13, 2014 11:22 PM
    Everett Golson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as No. 11 Notre Dame scored the final 20 points Saturday night and beat Purdue 30-14. The Irish are 3-0 for the second time in three years. Purdue (1-2) has lost seven straight in this series, which has been played every year since 1946. The two teams will not meet again until 2020.

     
  • Notre Dame’s Cole Luke makes most of opportunity Sep 4, 2014 5:16 PM
    The loss of cornerback KeiVarae Russell while Notre Dame determines whether five football players were involved in academic fraud has given Cole Luke a chance to show what he can do. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound sophomore played solidly in the opener, with Rice completing only two passes against him, one for a 2-yard gain. Irish coach Brian Kelly said he was pleased with Luke’s play. “I thought he played with confidence. I really liked just his demeanor. I think that’s really big at that position,” he said.

     
  • Irish look to improve secondary play vs. Michigan Sep 2, 2014 5:42 PM
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is sounding a bit this week like the prison warden in the 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke,” who famously said: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” Fighting Irish safeties Max Redfield and Elijah Shumate failed to make sure the Notre Dame secondary was lined up correctly against Rice, leading to several big plays by the Owls last week before Notre Dame won 48-17. “We’ve got to get these guys communicating better back there,” Kelly said.

     
  • Kelly: 5 Notre Dame players remain out for now Sep 2, 2014 1:55 PM
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says there is no change in the status of five players who were investigated by the university for possible cheating. Kelly said Tuesday the status of those five players could change quickly if he receives word they are eligible to play. Kelly said last week that the investigation is complete and the cases were in the hands of the school’s code of honor committee.

     
  • Golson leads No. 17 Irish to 48-17 win over Rice Aug 30, 2014 6:12 PM
    Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety, leading No. 17 Notre Dame to a 48-17 victory over Rice on Saturday.

     
  • Notre Dame to hold out 5th player in investigation Aug 28, 2014 6:44 PM
    Reserve safety Eilar Hardy has joined four other Notre Dame players being withheld from practice and games as the university investigates possible academic dishonesty and NCAA violations. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said during a news conference Thursday that Hardy was not at practice. He played in 10 games last season, starting against Pittsburgh and BYU, and finished with 26 tackles. He did not play as a freshman or sophomore.

     
  • Schmidt goes from walk-on to starter at Notre Dame Aug 28, 2014 5:52 PM
    Former walk-on Joe Schmidt doesn’t believe he has made it because he is now Notre Dame’s starting middle linebacker. The 6-foot, 235-pound senior said he doesn’t ever want to feel as though he’s made it. “There’s so much more I want to accomplish, that I want us to accomplish as a team,” he said. “I have to take the same mindset every day, to attack the day, attack the practice, whatever we have — the meetings. ... I don’t really think that it behooves you to get fat and think that you’ve arrived ever.

     
  • Notre Dame will count on freshmen on defense Aug 26, 2014 7:32 PM
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly expects some teeth-gnashing while watching the Fighting Irish defense this fall. The 17th-ranked Irish already were expected to be young on defense in the season opener against Rice on Saturday. That’s before learning they’d be without four players, three of them on defense, who are under investigation by the university to determine whether they received improper assistance from others on papers and homework.

     
  • Imrem: College athletics keeps getting slimier Aug 20, 2014 9:04 AM
    Amid an alleged academic scandal involving football players, Notre Dame showcased its new football uniforms. Will someone please connect the dots here?

     
  • Coach: No change needed in how Notre Dame recruits Aug 16, 2014 3:51 PM
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Saturday dismissed talk that he needs to do a better job of recruiting players who are better students to avoid the academic problems that have plagued the football program for the past 15 months. “I think we’ve brought in the right young men,” he said. “I think we have to continue to do a better job educating them. We have to do a better job of providing the resources.”

     
  • Ex-Vernon Hills star under probe at Notre Dame Aug 15, 2014 10:14 PM
    Notre Dame barred four football players from practice and games Friday, announcing an investigation into “suspected academic dishonesty” after allegations surfaced that someone had done course work for them. The players include leading returning receiver and former Vernon Hills High School star DaVaris Daniels.

     
  • Notre Dame looking for more from receiving corps Aug 9, 2014 4:26 PM
    Notre Dame will be without receiver Torii Hunter Jr. to start the football season. Coach Brian Kelly announced Saturday that Hunter is expected to be out four to six weeks after tearing his left groin. Hunter, whose father plays for the Detroit Tigers, sat out his freshman year after breaking his leg in a high school all-star game. The Irish are looking for a go-to receiver to replace T.J. Jones, who graduated. The only returning receiver with more than 15 catches is DaVaris Daniels, who had 49 catches for 745 yards. But he was suspended for the spring semester for an academic violation and he’s been limited in preseason camp with a groin injury. Kelly is hoping players such as Chris Brown and Corey Robinson can help fill the void.

     
  • Kelly: Quarterback competition isn’t artificial Aug 1, 2014 6:16 PM
    Coach Brian Kelly is heading into preseason workouts without knowing who will start at quarterback for Notre Dame, insisting it’s not the foregone conclusion many believe. “I’m not playing a game where we’re trying to create artificial competition within the ranks,” he said at a news conference Friday. “I think we have competition for that particular role to show itself. I think it can show itself. When it does, we’ll be ready to make that declaration. It just hasn’t shown itself yet.”

     
  • Receiver Mahone no longer enrolled at Notre Dame Jul 8, 2014 7:00 PM
    Receiver Will Mahone has no chance of returning to Notre Dame while facing felony charges of assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism, his attorney said Tuesday. Attorney James Gentile said he hopes to get the felony charges against Mahone reduced to misdemeanors before a July 23 preliminary hearing.

     
  • Kelly: Summer workouts will help players get ahead Jun 10, 2014 7:28 PM
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly hopes new NCAA rules allowing coaches to work with players over the summer will help players get ahead for the fall, especially freshmen. “We’re installing our offense and defense again,” Kelly said Tuesday evening.

     
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