Update: April 15
Chuck Martin's role continues to expand for Notre Dame. Not only was he recently promoted from safeties coach to offensive coordinator, but according to Lou Somogyi of 247Sports, he has called all of the plays this spring.
“He’s called all the plays in the spring,” said Kelly of Martin after Saturday’s (April 13) practice that was open to the media. “My sense is that will continue.”
Update: April 10
According to Jason Sapp of 247Sports, former Irish wide receiver Davonte Neal has picked Arizona as his school of choice.
Speaking of the wide receiver position, coach Mike Denbrock told Matt Fortuna of ESPN that anybody and everybody is available for playing time at this point.
Update: April 9
Don't count running back Amir Carlisle out when it comes to the starting job this season. Despite suffering an injury that will force him to miss the rest of the spring, he is still participating with the team and has made an incredible recovery, according to Tom Davis of the News-Sentinel.
“He’ll still miss spring ball,” Kelly explained. “But he’s involved in everything. He’s doing everything but contact. Other than missing contact and scrimmage, this won’t be a step back for him.”
Kelly still has confidence in the young runner who missed all of last season with an injury. He says that he is chomping at the bit and eager to prove himself.
If it is unfortunate and he gets another injury. Kelly explained, it is what it is. But I’ve always felt like mentally, is he ready to go back in there? He was ready about five, six days after surgery. We won’t think much about (the injury) other than Amir wants to get back in there and go.
Update: April 5
The center position will be up for battle leading into the fall, but if the season was to start tomorrow, it looks like Nick Martin would be the one holding down the fort, according to JJ Stankevitz of CSNChicago.
As for the middle linebacker position, Jarrett Grace has done a terrific job this spring of possibly being the one to replace Manti Te'o, according to Rachel Terlep of The Elkhart Truth. You can also see a video provided by ESPN on the progress Grace has made throughout the spring by clicking here.
Update: April 4
Brian Kelly was paying attention during the national championship last season, and he will be stealing a page out of the Alabama book. According to
Standing on the sidelines for the national championship game, we're ready to kickoff and Alabama's got 11 starters on kickoff return. Kickoff return, which nobody wants to be on kickoff return, they've got 11 starters on there. Kelly told reporters after one of the Fighting Irish's first practices of the spring.
The emphasis for us in the spring is to really embrace their roles. I want starters to be part of their special teams units. The spring is really for us to integrate front-line guys into (special teams). That kind of decision has to come from me and so I've made that and we're going about it in spring to really put our best players on (special teams).
Update: March 27
According to Jason Sapp of 247Sports, wide receiver Davonte' Neal has decided to transfer from Notre Dame. For more information on the latest Irish player leaving school, click here. Wide receiver Justin Ferguson has also transferred.
According to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, defensive end Chase Hounshell is out for the remainder of the year. Also, Hamilton reported that running back Amir Carlisle will only miss four weeks with his broken collarbone.
Update: March 25
Keith Arnold of NBC Sports reports that both Chase Hounshell and Amir Carlisle have been bitten by the injury bug. According to the report, Hounshell has suffered a shoulder injury, while Carlisle appears to have a broken collarbone.
Notre Dame recently held it first spring practice that was full contact. According to Lou Somogyi of 247Sports, head coach Brian Kelly likes what he saw from the team, as he expects big things from this group of guys.
After the third practice it’s pretty apparent that this is going to be a very locked in, focused, disciplined group of guys. They pay attention to detail, they follow up very well. We don’t have a lot of sloppy ball-on-the-ground [plays], guys falling around …
For more news and notes such as Amir Carlisle receiving high praise and Sheldon Day earning his stripes early on, click here.
Update: March 20
If you weren't sure if Gunner Kiel was officially out of South Bend, Matt Fortuna of ESPN reported that head coach Brian Kelly announced he is no longer on the team. Now everybody gets to sit back and see where he ends up.
As for the rest of the news, our friends over at 247Sports provided a transcript of the Kelly press conference. Click here to see the latest updates on the quarterback battle, health updates of players such as Austin Collinsworth and what the linebacker rotation may look like.
Update: March 15
Although spring practice hasn't kicked off just yet, a few Notre Dame players decided to take it upon themselves to put in a little extra work. According to Dan Murphy of 247Sports, Louis Nix, Davonte Neal, Kendall Moore and Malik Zaire all decided to travel to Arizona for a grueling three-day workout that is like no other.
It includes waking up before the sun and running a two-and-a-half mile hill upwards, which happens to be covered in gravel and sand. The goal is to get faster and become more effective on the football field, according to Neal's father, Luke Neal:
Speed is the one thing we’re going to always focus on with our guys down here. It’s teaching the dynamics of the body: How the hips respond to the obliques, how the arms help the hips through to run faster. They have a great foundation at Notre Dame. Nothing I’m doing is different, I just have a little more time to do it and reiterate everything with them.
This is the type of stuff you love to see. A little bit of hard work and extra sweating never hurt anybody.
Also, if you weren't confident in 2013 recruit Zaire before, checkout this brief interview provided by Dallas Jackson of Rivals. He seems extremely confident, poised and is saying all of the right things to the point any Irish fan should be impressed.