We are slowly, but surely, creeping towards June and that will bring a great deal of “newness” to Notre Dame. The rest of the 2021 commitments start moving into their dorms on campus, and the Irish will start hosting recruits on official visits for the first time since March of last year.
There’s still plenty of other news to get to first — so let’s run the triple option.
There are a lot of hopes that Isaiah Foskey puts it all together for 2021. While Foskey has flashed here and there, he has the tendency to fade a bit — which was the case during the second half of the 2020 season. Here’s a clip of him taking a lesson from one of the best in the business, Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams.
ONE YEAR LATER...
There has been a lot of noise over the last couple of years about Brian Kelly and his willingness to play freshman. While that’s all well and good (and nonsense in many cases) it’s important to remember that these players just don’t disappear (most of the time). They become redshirt freshman and become contributors. Irish Illustrated’s Tim O’Malley pieced together the best redshirt freshmen of the Brian Kelly era.
HERE COME THE IRISH
The retirement of Mike Collins as Notre Dame Stadium’s PA announcer leaves a huge void for the upcoming season — a season where Notre Dame is welcoming back fans to fill the stadium and the tailgating lots. So... why not turn to Twitter to maybe find a suitabe replacement.
.@AaronLewis10 wasn't sure if the @NDFootball tweet asking for PA announcer submissions was legit at first. Then he decided to hit record. "I've been a PA announcer for three years now, why not give it a shot? What's the worst that could happen, right?" https://t.co/uenMWGvWsY— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) May 25, 2021
ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER 9
Yes the Murder Train is back on the tracks. With the new jersey number rule in place now in the NFL, Jaylon Smith will put away #54 and go back to his lifelong #9. He has to pay a pretty penny to do it too — so it’s that important.
#Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith is switching his jersey number from No. 54 to No. 9, per @toddarcher. Smith will pay close to mid-six figures to buy out the current inventory of No. 54 jerseys. Smith, who wore No. 9 at Notre Dame, reached out to Tony Romo before making it official. pic.twitter.com/bCTkzEkbE6— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) May 25, 2021