1. Notre Dame Football: 5 Players Sure to Surprise at Fall Camp

    Just as there are always some spring heroes who burst onto the scene in camp, fall practice can also bring in another wave of surprises...

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  2. Notre Dame Football: Predicting the Depth Chart Heading into Fall Camp

    Uncertainty still abounds at many positions for the Notre Dame football team with fall camp rapidly approaching. Let’s take a look at our projected depth chart, predicting how things stand right now before camp begins...

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  3. Notre Dame Football: 4 Important Stats to Watch in 2014

    We're roughly six weeks away from the start of Notre Dame football, when the Irish play host to Rice on Aug. 30 at Notre Dame Stadium. In recent weeks, we've taken focused looks at recruiting, positional units, backups and more...

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  4. Notre Dame Football: Cornerbacks Will Set the Tone for Irish's Defense in 2014

    When freshly minted Notre Dame football defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder ushered in a new defense, much of the focus was on the alignment...

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  5. Notre Dame Football: 6 Backups Critical to the Irish's Success in 2014

    With fall camp around the corner, Notre Dame football position battles are set to be won and lost. Starters will be named, and the depth charts will be penciled in...

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  6. Notre Dame Football: 5 Irish Stars with Best Chance to Win 2014 National Awards

    Beginning on Monday with the Bednarik and Maxwell Awards, the watch lists for a variety of college football’s top honors were released ...

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  7. Notre Dame Football: 4 Freshmen Who Must Shine in Fall Practices

    There’s plenty of youth and unproven talent on the Notre Dame football squad heading into the 2014 season...

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  8. Notre Dame Football: Reviewing the Week in Recruiting

    Notre Dame football had a busy week in the recruiting world. Three commitments joined the class, but the Irish missed out on three other marquee names...

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  9. What Would Nile Sykes' Absence Mean for Notre Dame in 2014?

    Blue and Gold Illustrated’s Dan Murphy (subscription required) reported Wednesday that incoming Notre Dame football freshman linebacker Nile Sykes won’t be playing for the Irish this fall, citing unnamed sources...

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  10. Notre Dame Football: Over, Under Stat Projections for DaVaris Daniels in 2014

    It’s been just more than a month since Irish wide receiver DaVaris Daniels was readmitted to Notre Dame: Ready to get back to it...

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  11. Notre Dame Football: Incoming Freshmen Most Likely to Start This Season

    Twenty-three freshmen from Notre Dame football's 10th-ranked class of 2014 are set to don the blue and gold in the coming months...

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  12. Power Ranking Notre Dame's Positional Units for 2014

    We're only slightly more than two months away from Notre Dame football beginning the 2014 season. So with players assembling on campus in South Bend, Indiana, let's take stock of Notre Dame's positional units for the upcoming campaign...

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  13. Notre Dame Football: How Brian Kelly Is Changing His Recruiting Strategy in 2014

    From "Pots of Gold" to graphic arts, Notre Dame football has been shifting its recruiting ways over the past year or so...

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  14. Predicting Where Notre Dame Will Finish in 2015 Recruiting Ranks

    Since Brian Kelly was hired in December 2009, Notre Dame football has finished with a top-10 recruiting class three times. The Irish currently sit at No. 10 in the national team rankings for the class of 2015, per 247Sports...

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  15. Power Ranking Notre Dame's 2014 Schedule from Easiest to Toughest

    Don’t look now, but we’re only two-and-a-half months out from the return of Notre Dame football. The Irish commence their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Rice at Notre Dame Stadium and wrap up the regular season Nov...

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  16. Notre Dame Football Recruiting: 9 Commits, Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

    Summer recruiting is in full swing, and this marks an important week in Notre Dame football recruiting with four high-end Notre Dame targets scheduled to announce their decisions in the coming days...

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  17. Notre Dame Football: Recapping the Biggest 2014 Offseason News So Far

    There never seems to be a dull moment with Notre Dame football—neither in the regular season, nor the offseason. This year has been no different...

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  18. Notre Dame Football: Insider's Preview of the 2014 Freshman Class

    Recruiting is in full swing for the class of 2015 for Notre Dame and football programs around the country...

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  19. Position-by-Position Preview of Notre Dame's 2014 Roster

    Notre Dame football players have been making their way back to campus over the past few days, with summer workouts set to begin soon. I know bro bittersweet “ @Solarbot3 : So long California! Back to the bend...

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  20. Notre Dame Football: Dissecting Brian Kelly's QB Strategy

    At the end of January, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly declared he will be calling the offensive plays in 2014...

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  21. Notre Dame Football: The Case for Mike McGlinchey as the Starting Right Tackle

    Walking into Notre Dame football’s first spring practice in early March, most eyes were trained on quarterback Everett Golson ...

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  22. Notre Dame Football: Analyzing Irish's Top 5 2015 Recruiting Targets

    The summer recruiting circuit is set to heat up, and Notre Dame football will look to add to its eight-member class ...

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  23. Notre Dame Football: Where the Irish's 2015 Recruiting Class Is Headed

    Notre Dame football’s recruiting class of 2014 was predicated on linemen and linebackers. “I think if you really boil it down, it's about the front seven and the offensive ...

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  24. Notre Dame Football: Summer Grades for 2015 Recruiting Class

    In each of the past two recruiting cycles, Notre Dame has landed a top-10 class. The Irish ranked 10th last year and fifth two classes ago. As it stands right now, Notre Dame has eight commitments and its class is slotted 17th in the nation...

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  25. Notre Dame Football: Brian Kelly's 5 Biggest Challenges in 2014

    As much optimism as there is surrounding Notre Dame football with a new season on the way, there’s plenty of uncertainty, too...

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