The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame hit the practice field this morning for the first workout of fall camp.
It was a beautiful day as senior linebacker Manti Te'o was the first player through the gates. The Hawaiian tackling machine is sure hoping to set the tone during his last season in South Bend.
Report No. 1 coming after the jump.
Offense Freshmen Heights & Weights (previous measurements according to 247)
QB Gunner Kiel- 6'4" 210 pounds (no change)
RB Will Mahone- 5'10" 211 pounds (loses an inch, gains 6 pounds)
WR Davonte Neal- 5'9" 171 pounds (gains 1 pound)
WR Chris Brown- 6'2" 172 pounds (gains 2 pounds)
WR Justin Ferguson- 6'2" 196 pounds (gains 1 inch, loses 9 pounds)
LT Ronnie Stanley- 6'6" 304 pounds (gains 19 pounds)
C Mark Harrell- 6'5" 287 pounds (gains 17 pounds)
News & Notes
Irish Illustrated: First tempo drill went to QB Everett Golson. He was followed by Hendrix then Kiel. Rees did not participate in the opening drill, but did jump in later in the viewing portion.
Also, another heartening beginning to fall camp:
On back-to-back reps, Hendrix and Golson did an imitation of Tommy Rees' untouched fumble at Michigan. Chuck Martin watches perplexed.— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) August 4, 2012
The first team defense featured: Lewis-Moore, Schwenke, Tuitt, Shembo, Fox, Te'o, Spond, Lo Wood, Jackson, Motta, and Slaughter.
Cierre Wood was withheld from drills. Kelly later cleared up the issue saying Wood still needs to fill out some medical paperwork.
Eric Hansesn from the South Bend Tribune has a practice report. Some quick highlights:
*It is confirmed that sophomore offensive lineman Brad Carrico has been placed on medical scholarship. Carrico had a foot condition that did not heal properly following surgery. He will still be on scholarship until he graduates but he will not count against the 85-man limit for the football team.
*Mike Golic was starting a right guard with the 1st team offense. The second team offensive line from left to right was: Prestwood, Hanratty, Hegarty, Nick Martin, and Tate Nichols.
BGI has a practice report from Saturday ($).
Irish Sports Daily also has a practice report for your reading pleasure.
Penn State commit WR Will Fuller was at today's practice, as were Irish commits Jaylon Smith, Mike Heuerman, and James Onwualu.
UND.com Practice Report
Just a couple things that stand out to me...
*We've got music for the reports now, yessss!
*I noticed a few players with white laces in their black cleats. That's something new.
*Davonte Neal (No. 19) is going to be special from day one.
*Justin Ferguson is out there doin' some work in a nice battle with fellow freshman Russell.
*DaVaris Daniels makes the one-handed catches look so easy.
Kelly Post-Practice Presser
Lastly, the 2013 schedule has now officially been released:
vs. Michigan State
vs. Arizona State (Cowboys Stadium)
at Air Force