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Notre Dame Spring Practice Report: Saturday, March 24th

The Irish strapped on the pads Saturday and took the fun outside yet again for another practice---the third of the spring.

The media was allowed in for the final 10 minutes of practice and watched some 11 on 11 while the quarterbacks were made available afterwards for some interviews.

Notre Dame will be back on the field Monday morning for the spring's fourth practice.

Saturday post-practice video with Brian Kelly:

There's been a lot of emphasis on Theo Riddick so far this spring. If Jonas Gray had a breakout year after doing very little through three years, should we be very excited for Riddick's senior season?

It's a nice sign to see George Atkinson playing well out of the backfield so far this spring too.

That's a tough break for DaVaris Daniels as he will sit out until Wednesday with a leg injury.

Some more positive comments from Kelly on the corners. Let's hope this isn't all fluff at this point.

Practice video from BGI (part I)

Two passes to the flat and what looks like an incomplete curl route to Daniel Smith.


Practice video from BGI (part II)

An incomplete pass from Hendrix to Jones on a roll out to the right and an out route. The ball could have been thrown a pinch earlier, but you can see the arm strength on Hendrix nonetheless. Nice break up by Lo Wood, although I'd like to see T.J. be a little more physical and come up with the reception.

Also, a nice run by George Atkinson after he motions into the backfield. I think with more experience he'll start to look more comfortable in the way he runs. He'll be made into a running back yet!

The clip ends with a nice run by Riddick with Hendrix under center. That Wood-Riddick combo might be damn good in 2012.

Tommy Rees interview

Gunner Kiel interview

From Irish Illustrated:

Andrew Hendrix interview

Everett Golson interview

One of these interviews is not like the others.

Other Notes from Saturday's practice:

Cierre Wood was limited with a leg injury but shouldn't miss any time.

Keep. Him. Fresh.

Shembo and Spond continue to be the 1st team starters at outside linebacker, with Fox in the middle.

AKA the fall starters---barring injury.

Apparently Tommy Rees scampered for a 40-yard gain towards the end of the practice.

That's great for Rees but I don't see how the defense could have let that happen. Not good, guys!

Golson fumbled two snaps in a row and was taken to the sideline to have some words with Brian Kelly.

You know what that will earn you Everett!!

Here's a freebie article from Irish Sports Daily.

Here's a practice report from the South Bend Tribune.

Official practice report:


Farley looking real physical there going up against Salvi on both occasions.

Tate Nichols vs. Aaron Lynch? The smack of pads could be heard as far away as Goshen.

Nice to see McDaniel showing some toughness in his new gig at corner.

Lynch just keeps dominating every time he steps on the field.

You can immediately see the difference in power and speed when Wood and Riddick run through on the Oklahoma drills.

Werewolf dominated, although he was up against a walk-on at offensive line.

Not particularly thrilled with Calabrese in the Oklahoma drill.

Toma keeps taking reps at running back.

Shembo is looking tough at the point of attack---he has to stay at Cat, right?

Hendrix looks really timid running at times, and did last year too.

Goodman is showing some good speed and quick feet. I loved the toughness in keeping the one ball down the sidelines. More of that please!

Did anything stand out to you?

Junior Day Commitment Watch

As of Saturday night the Irish have gained verbals from two more offensive linemen:

Illinois OT Colin McGovern was the first to pull the trigger. He's a 3-star (No. 38 OT) on Rivals, and a 4-star (No. 28 OT) on 247.

Kentucky OT Hunter Bivin also added to the 2013 class. He's a 4-star (No. 34 OT) on Rivals, and a 4-star (No. 10 OT) on 247.

Welcome to the Notre Dame family to the both of them!