Friday August 9th Fall Camp Practice Report

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame returned to South Bend on Friday to participate in their first fall practice on campus.

Practice_report_banner_green_medium

The Irish took to the LaBar practice field for the first time this season as the team returned from Shilo Park on Thursday night. Friday's practice was the fifth of fall camp for Notre Dame and the first in full pads. The media were on hand to watch the team do their thing. Here's a recap of what they saw.

Hanratty has a neck sprain and should be back shortly. No word yet on what is ailing Spond or Jackson. Also, senior wide receiver Daniel Smith spent most of practice on the stationary bike while incoming freshman John Montelus did not dress and appears to be heading towards a redshirt.

Links:

BGI, Practice Report, Aug. 9 ($$$)

ISD, BK Defensive Notebook

II, Instant Analysis ($$$)

QUARTERBACK

There isn't a whole lot going on with the quarterbacks. Where's the usual controversy!?!?

Not a real surprise for the true freshman. Like I said in a podcast from the summer...if after two weeks of fall camp Zaire isn't making a move up the depth chart it will be Operation Redshirt barring an injury to Tommy Rees. I really don't think Zaire steps on the field this season if the coaches can help it.

Okay, this has been universal praise from just about everybody that was at practice. I'm starting to worry. I nearly wet myself when Rees scrambled out of pressure in a recent practice video. Kelly mentioned after practice that Rees has improved at getting out of pressure.

RUNNING BACK

George Atkinson started with the first team offense but McDaniel and true freshman Greg Bryant also saw plenty of action.

According to some on the scene Greg Bryant saw a lot of reps with the first team and is looking real good. Fellow freshman Tarean Folston did not see much action although there were reports that he wasn't quite 100 percent.

Curiously, Will Mahone is seeing some action in the slot. That's quite weird but he's proven to have great hands and there is probably some depth needs there more so than at running back---even if he isn't a physical fit for the position.

WIDE RECEIVER

Chris Brown wasn't quite 100 percent so the 2nd team receiving unit was all freshmen in Corey Robinson and James Onwualu with Will Fuller in the slot. This trio is really impressing especially Fuller who may be the biggest surprise of fall camp so far. Kelly reiterated again that Robinson will play this year.

C.J. Prosise was starting in the slot with T.J. Jones and DaVaris Daniels. Kelly called Daniels a top-notch receiver and also said that with DD and Jones they have the best balance at receiver since he's been at Notre Dame.

Not really sure what that means as I believe there's video of practice of Carlisle at running back during 11 on 11 scrimmaging but obviously Amir is that real hybrid player. Watch Kelly's comments down below it's obvious the staff loves Carlisle.

It's a good sign that Torii Hunter was out there doing some running as he recovers from his broken femur.

TIGHT END

Not much to say about the tight ends beside Hercules being Hercules.

OFFENSIVE LINE

With Hanratty sitting out we finally saw Christian Lombard move inside giving the first unit the following lineup:

LT Z. Martin, LG Watt, C N. Martin, RG Lombard, RT Stanley

It wouldn't be shocking if the lineup stays this way even when Hanratty comes back but we'll see. With Montelus not dressed the second unit was as follows:

LT Elmer, LG Bivin, C Hegarty, RG Harrell, RT McGlinchey

I like the way things are shaping up with Bivin (for now) moving to guard. Kelly praised Martin and Watt calling the former the best tackle in the country.

DEFENSIVE LINE

We know who the starters will be here. Tuitt has looked kind of fat in the beginning of camp but looked pretty good in some of the linked videos down below. You'll see Nix manhandle a couple people, including tossing Hegarty to the ground like a ragdoll.

Kelly mentioned there will be a battle for the 4th defensive end position (behind Tuitt, Day, and Springmann) with players like Jarron Jones and freshman Isaac Rochell right in the mix. It sounds like Jones is slowly making the jump the coaches had hoped for and Rochell is getting rave reviews for his size and physical maturity for a first year player while getting some reps with the 2nd team on Friday.

LINEBACKER

There hasn't been much coverage of the Cat linebacker position where the depth continues to be Shembo, Ishaq, and Okwara.

With Spond missing practice that meant Ben Councell moved up to the first team at Dog linebacker and freshman Jaylon Smith was running with the backups. Smith, along with Bryant, Folston, Rochell, and Onwualu, is a freshman that physically looks ready to go 3 weeks before their first career game.

In the middle Dan Fox moved over to Mike linebacker replacing Manti Te'o and Carlo Calabrese started at Will linebacker. Kelly reiterated after practice that there will be a 3-man rotation in the middle calling it a "fluid situation." However, Grace worked with the backups alongside Kendall Moore.

SECONDARY

Bennett Jackson didn't participate in contact drills so Lo Wood stepped in and ran with the first team opposite KeiVarae Russell. It definitely looks like there will be a solid 3-man rotation at corner because Wood got high marks today from a lot of people.

Other interesting news from Friday's practice was that freshman Max Redfield worked some with the corners. Is that the staff getting the 5-star safety recruit comfortable with playing near the line as the nickel corner? Also, freshman Cole Luke has really impressed and was seeing reps with the second team. There are a lot of bodies at corner so if Luke is bypassing several players already that is a testament to his skills.

The first team safeties were the same as during the spring with Farley at free safety and Shumate at strong safety. Shumate had the biggest hit of the day putting a huge lick on Daniels. The second team was made up of Collinsworth at free safety and Baratti at strong safety.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Brindza is still holding down the 1st team placekicking and punting duties. Here are your early punt return nominees:

Players working at kick return were George Atkinson, Carlisle, Folston, Bryant, McDaniel, and Russell.

I love the playmakers getting work as the returners!

Videos:

Amir Carlisle Interview (UND.com)

August 9th Practice Update (UND.com)

August 9th Practice Video (ISD)

August 9th Practice Update (BGI)


Irish are back at it for practice on Saturday.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join One Foot Down

You must be a member of One Foot Down to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at One Foot Down. You should read them.

Join One Foot Down

You must be a member of One Foot Down to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at One Foot Down. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker