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  1. IrishBearcat

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    AFTER TUMULTUOUS END TO SEASON
    FIGHTING IRISH EYE RETURN TO BCS


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    After being undressed on national television 14-42 to Alabama Notre Dame's luck continued to leave a lot to be left desired. Head Coach Brian Kelly decided to leave the Irish for the Detroit Lions in the NFL ranks. The move made a lot of sense considering his Michigan roots during his stay at Grand Valley State, but ND Nation was reeling after a historic loss on the biggest of stages. Losing the first coach to get them back to the big dance for the first time since 1988 did not help the fanbase feel any better either.

    ND Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick made an intriguing hire by selecting Coach IrishBearcat to lead the program going forward. The hire has received mixed reviews, with many scrutinizing the administration for not selecting an elite head coach. One this is for sure: winning on the field fixes everything, and that'll be crucial for the new head man especially in his first season.

    Coach IrishBearcat is expected to bring a multiple offense and a 4-3 defense to campus this coming fall. "When Notre Dame has been most successful they've played tremendous defense and ran the football effectively," stressed the new coach, "we're going to revive the smash-mouth running style that is responsible for several of the championships Notre Dame has earned historically." Coming from the Harbaugh coaching-tree, look for I-formation become a factor for the first time in over a decade.

    One of the biggest questions that had to be answered by the new regime was how Everett Golson's academic situation would be handled. "Golson has sat out the entire spring and all of fall camp," the head coach said, "as far as I'm concerned Everett will be one mistake away from permanently being dismissed from this university, but he will be back for week one." The situation is peculiar as Golson hasn't taken a single snap for the Fighting Irish since the National Championship game, no even in a practice session. It's widely expected Golson is current behind Tommy Rees, but once he is caught up to speed he should earn his starting spot back. It will be interesting to follow.

    After a week one bye Notre Dame will travel on the road to face the #5 ranked Stanford Cardinal. Look for Rees to start, but if the Irish find themselves in a hole they could turn to Golson. The new 4-3 defense will be interesting to watch with projected NFL first-rounders DT Louis Nix III and DE Stephon Tuitt learning slightly new positions after leading one of the best Irish defenses in the university's history.
     
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    VETERAN REES HANGS ON TO QUARTERBACK
    JOB WITH ROAD UPSET OVER #5 CARDINAL


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    NOTRE DAME: 24
    #5 STANFORD: 14
    FINAL

    The story of the ball game was the Irish offense. With questions surrounding embattled senior QB Tommy Rees many expected him to struggle on the road against Stanford. With Everett Golson waiting in the wings too, many felt it was only a matter of time before Rees was benched for the more electric option. The Irish offense was efficient, moved the chains, and hogged the football for the majority of the contest. RB Cam McDaniel punched in a two yard score (pictured above) to cap off a 6:10 drive. With :50 left in the first quarter the Cardinal offense finally got their hands on the football, but after after a run for a loss Hogan tossed a horrible pass to CB Kevarie Russell just before the end of the quarter.

    Rees hit one of the offensive impact players, SR WR TJ Jones, on a 3 yard touchdown pass to push the score to 14-0. The Stanford offense began humming and picked up some big chunks through the error. The Irish defense decided to play coverage and rush four and were severely burned. Hogan had nearly 10 seconds in the pocket and after the receivers ran their routes they began streaking upfield. Hogan fired a perfectly timed pass to WR Ty Montgomery despite blanket coverage for 5+ seconds on all receivers. The Irish DB whiffed on the tackle and Montgomery raced into the end-zone untouched for a 43 yard TD to cut the score to 14-7.

    The Fighting Irish offense transitioned from methodical to hyper-speed for the two-minute drill before half. Rees found RB/WR George Atkinson on a slant route just before the half expired to go up 21-7 at the break. The defenses ruled the third quarter as neither team scored a point. Additionally, Rees made his first mistake of the day by throwing a pick inside the two-yard line. The turnover gave Stanford life entering the fourth quarter, and RB Anthony Wilkerson rumbled 6 yards into the end-zone with 4:25 left in the football game. Facing a 21-14 score, the Irish offense turned to power running to churn out crucial first downs. Stanford forced a 4th down stop with :34 seconds, but Notre Dame added a game-clinching 38 yard field goal. The 24-14 score would hold as Notre Dame pulled off the upset on the road in Coach IrishBearcat's first game as head coach.

    NOTABLE STATISTICS
    • QB Tommy Rees: 21/24, 182 yards, 2 TDs, INT
    • QB Everett Golson: 0 snaps played
    • RB Cam McDaniel: 15 carries, 60 yards, TD
    • RB/WR George Atkinson: 16 carries, 44 yards, 7 receptions, 54 yards, TD
    • WR TJ Jones: POTG, 9 receptions, 81 yards, TD
    • CB Kevarie Russell: TKL, INT
    Next Game: @ Virginia Tech
     
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    COACHES MULLING TALLAHASSEE STARTER
    AFTER REES TURNOVERS AGAINST HOKIES


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    Despite leading Notre Dame to a 2-0 start Tommy Rees may not have done enough to keep his job heading into the final game of a three-game road stretch. This coming week the Irish travel to visit the #1 Florida State Seminoles. The Noles' have already knocked off #1 Alabama in a contest that needed several overtimes to reach the final outcome.

    To no surprise the first question at the Irish's weekly press conference with the media was about the starting quarterback. The head coach smirked, and responded coyly, "You might see one or both, all I can promise you is you'll at least see one of Golson or Rees."

    Rees hasn't played awful, but turnovers at inopportune times have been linked to Rees throughout his entire career. The senior managed to make only one bad throw against the #5 Cardinal in their house, but the wheels fell off as he tossed three picks against Virginia Tech. His stats for the first two games are as follows:

    @Stanford: 21/24, 182 yards, 2 touchdowns, interception
    @Virginia Tech: 18/21, 181 yards, 3 interceptions
    Total: 39/45, 363 yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 interceptions

    His 86.7% completion percentage is phenomenal, but not as impressive when you see the yardage. It's obvious Rees is making a lot of shorter passes that require accuracy. Only two of his passes have hit the ground, but four of them have hit a defender right in the gut resulting in turnovers. Regardless of whoever is under center come Saturday, they will need to play flawless in order to upset Coach Twister18 and his top ranked Seminoles. It will be interesting to see if one of Golson or Rees, or a combination of both is utilized. Stay tuned.
     
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    CLASS OF 2014 IRISH RECRUITING UPDATE

    FB STEVE PALMER
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    The Notre Dame lacks any true fullbacks on their current football roster. The scheme Coach IrishBearcat is implementing looks for blocking fullbacks. Steve palmer fits that profile with great strength and blocking attributes. Landing a top 5 fullback out of the Midwest early on was a top priority for the new staff. Look for Palmer to start at fullback for the Irish come 2014.

    OLB Victor Wilson
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    The first thing that jumps out at you about Victor Wilson is his stature. Standing a 6'5 and 224 pounds the Texas native has the frame to get a look at all three LB positions. He could possibly grow into a pass-rushing defensive end with his skillset, but it'll really depend on what kind of weight Wilson can put on. Ultimately I see him ending up at MLB with his combination of speed, size, and strength.

    DT Paul Richard
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    The defensive tackle position is arguably the weakest position in terms of future depth on the roster especially with the switch to the 4-3 defense. Paul Richard wasn't target initially but discovered after slipping through the cracks in Florida. He's not very mobile or agile, but his acceleration, strength, and block shedding gives him the type of skillset to be a bulldozer in the middle. One thing is for sure; if Richard gets his hands on you the tackle will be made.

    DT Adam White
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    The recruiting process and player makeup of Adam White is eerily similar to Richard. Both players are powerful run-stoppers who lack speed. White was luckily in Notre Dame's backyard and has much more mass. At 6'3 and 298 pounds White has the potential to be a force in the middle. He's strong, fires off the ball, has a nasty power move, great pursuit, and an overall intelligence of the game of football. White and Richard could be a great DT tandem in the coming seasons.

    ATH RICHARD CLARK
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    The athleticism of one of the top JUCOs in the country, Richard Clark, is quite intriguing. Clark was target late in the process and can legitimately play at least four different positions. The California recruit could line up at RB, WR, CB, or FS easily. Clarks raw speed, ability to change direction on dime, and great overall football skills will make him a very dangerous player. Early signs point to him landing most likely at Free Safety, but he is an interesting Running Back candidate as well.

    ATH Matt Madison
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    One of the top rated players out of the state of Maryland, Matt Madison, is quite an interesting recruit. Abnormal from top recruits in the fact that academics were one of the main drivers of his recruitment. Notre Dame and Virginia (Austin1990) sent the full court press from the outset, but ultimately the visit to the USC victory was enough for him to pull the trigger for the Irish. The first 5-star commit of the IrishBearcat era will definitely be a LB or DE, but he has an odd skill-set to go with is size. He's really LB size with run-stopping DE skills, probably more of a 3-4 CAT LB. Regardless, he is a talented player and the coaching staff will find a spot for him.

    DE Isaiah Rodgers

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    Michigan was the early favorite for Isaiah Rodgers, but peculiarly the Wolverines never offered the in-state product. Wisconsin targeted him from the outset, but once the Irish staff discovered Michigan appeared to be passing they sent the house to land Rodgers. The visit for the USC game made a big impression on defensive recruits, and the ESPNU150 honoree verbally committed after the victory. He's either a run-stopping DE or a DT for the Irish scheme.


    ATH Ryan Burrell
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    The last time Notre Dame inked a 5-star blue-chip recruit from the state of Hawaii it worked out pretty well for the program. LB Manti T'eo ended up leading the Irish to a National Championship appearance and became arguably the most decorated player in College Football history. Ryan Burrell is an elite talent at either the HB or WR position. He will either be a runner with tremendous hands who can split out in the slot, or a dangerous WR who could line up in the backfield with elite after-the-catch attributes. The Pearl City product marks the second 5-star commitment of the IrishBearcat era. Regardless of where he ends up, he will be a dangerous weapon. He could end up being the crown jewel of this recruiting class.
     
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