Happy Friday everyone! I have access to thousands and thousands of Notre Dame Fighting Irish photos, and will never use a small fraction of those on this site. The thing is though — I want to, and I’m going to give it a solid shot as a way to bless the beginning of the weekend throughout the offseason.
As you’ll see in today’s No Huddle Preview, The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are a sneaky long time foe. This year’s game will be the 37th matchup since the first game in the series back in 1922. Unfortunately for our purposes here today, there aren’t very many images available.
But I’ll do my best.
I love this shot of Vagas Ferguson. At first glance, it really looks like #25 is a ball carrier with #32 jumping in for the tackle. Maybe that’s because the black and white photo hides the ball a bit — or maybe it’s just me.
About to get lit
I’m really not sure if this is a shot of Chinedum Ndukwe right before he damn near kills Clavin Johnson (A.K.A. Megatron) or not — but it still reminds me of that play none the less.
I will never be able to NOT think about the 2007 nightmare against the Wramblin Wreck anytime the Irish play them. Of all the shots I could have gone with... here are the 3 quarterbacks on the day (#13 Evan Sharpley, #7 Jimmy Clausen, and #3 Demetrius Jones) and the ass crack of Charlie Weis.
Georgia Tech’s involvement in the development of the collegiate game of football should not be understated. Again... this was an opponent that the Irish played a LOT of games against in the 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Our boy Drue
The 2015 ND vs GT game was one of the most interesting of the Brian Kelly era — at least the leadup to the game. Paul Johnson’s triple-option attack was phenomenal, and there was a real concern the Irish would have some very big trouble defending it on that Saturday. To add 100 gallons of gas to the campfire, the personal vendetta Johnson had with Irish defensive coordinator Brian Vangorder was something out of Machiavelli’s Italy. Kelly tasked Bob Elliott to work on nothing but stopping the option from his analyst role — and it worked to perfection that day. One of the big keys was then safety Drue Tranquill. The Fort Wayne native had a phenomenal game — right up until he had a freak knee injury from jumping up after a play was over. The silver lining is that it helped eventually lead Tranquill to become a linebacker and captain for the Irish on the 2018 team that went undefeated in the regular season.