The Notre Dame Fighting Irish finally started the 2018 season with their first team practice on Friday. With the media in attendance, we are all able to get a look at this new team — even if they are just in shorts and helmets.
By and large, most observers were impressed with what they saw. Much like the spring, fall camp has a tendency to put a spotlight on a player (or two) that seem to disappear once the season gets underway. So... take some of what you hear, see, and read over the next few weeks with a grain of salt.
A day after head coach Brian Kelly gave Brandon Wimbush an “A+” grade for what he had accomplished over the offseason, most accounts noted that Wimbush had a good day — biut not perfect. Like anyone is supposed to be perfect on the first day. So... he had a good day.
We got our first glimspe at the new freshmen and that’s always exciting. Early enrollee, Bo Bauer, is in the mix at ILB as a rotator with Te’von Coney (who can relieve Drue Tranquill as well). Kevin Austin already looks pretty good out there, everyone is placing bets on when Houston Griffith becomes a starter at safety, and now we know Phil Jurkovec has a funny release.
Miles Boykin had a good day, and despite having THE BEST OFFSEASON OF HIS LIFE... Dexter Williams didn’t see many reps (oh, BK had some reasons).
Put it all together (plus a bit more) and it looks like Notre Dame had a good day. A good day is a success. I don’t want to get cheesy or anything, but you can snowball small successes in the preseason, and you can turn that into actual momentum in the forst game of the season — which is rare.
I was please, and so was Brian Kelly. YAY US!