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  1. Noknee

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    Notre Dame Summaries and Offseason updates

    ND pulls out a win in Morgantown despite the turnovers!

    ND picks up a victory on the road against West Virginia despite Jimmy Clausen being intercepted 3 times and ND losing 3 more fumbles. The heavy rain lead to a mud bowl to play in, and although ND lost the ball 6 times, surprisingly West Virginia had 0 turnovers and was able to play relatively mistake free the entire night.

    ND took a 21-7 early lead thanks to the defense and some excellent plays by Golden Tate. During the second quarter and much of the third the game was predominantly at a stand still, until Armando Allen took over putting up over 200 yards from scrimmage with 3 TDs. Clausen had an average performance, but did put up over 300 yards passing with 3 TDs. The heavy pressure forced 3 interceptions for West Virginia but they could not convert any into points.

    WV was able to throw for over 300 in the air however their vaunted running attack was held to 54 yards on 24 carries.

    The biggest news was the injury bug has hit ND. Armando Allen went down in the third quarter with a slight abdominal tear and will be out for 4 weeks. The good news is Allen will not need surgery, just rest. Steven Filer at OLB will also be missing 4 weeks due to a severely sprained elbow sustained in the early 4th quarter when trying to make a tackle.

    Players of the game
    ND - Armando Allen 19 car. 164 yards 2 rushing TDs, 1 rec 72 yards 1 receiving TD
    WV - Jarret Brown22-42 325 yards 2 TD 0 INT

    Other Notable ND players
    Jimmy Clausen 14-25 375 yards 3 TDs 3 INTs
    Golden Tate 5 rec. 194 yards 2 TDs
     
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    Notre Dame Summaries

    Fighting Irish recaps here...
     
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    Lowering the Boom!
    Northern Illinois is licking their wounds after a 77-17 beatdown!

    #24 Notre Dame (3-0) fresh off their new ranking decided to prove they belong in the top 25 by making a statement against Northern Illinois (1-2). Northern Illinois came out strong on offense by taking the opening possession down for a FG, however the offense had little time to celebrate as Michael Floyd would take the ensuing kickoff back for a TD. Northern Illinois was stifled on offense the rest of the half and appeared to be shell shocked. They had only 100 yards of total offense in the first half, and could not get into any rhythm.

    The rest of the half looked like the "Jimmy Clausen Show" as he razzled and dazzled throwing for 5 TDs in the air. He hit long bombs all over the field including 2 long bombs one to Tate, and the other to Mike Ragone the tight end for TDs. The offensive line looked much improved yielding only 2 sacks the entire game, and being pressured very little outside of those 2 sacks. The halftime lead of 42-3 showed the disparity in talent on the field between the two teams.

    The second half started off with more bad news for the Huskies. Not to be upstaged by Floyd, Golden Tate decided to show off his moves on the opening 2nd half kickoff as he danced his way into the endzone. James Aldridge, (filling in for injured star Armando Allen), had a coming out party as he gashed the Northern Illinois defense for over 200 yards in the second half alone. 3rd string running back Hughes even got in on the action running for a TD himself.

    When asked of the game, Coach Noknee stated, "Our intention was not to embarrass the Northern Illinois team, however sometimes your team is on a roll and just can't be stopped, this was one of those days." He also went on to state, "This is a short lived victory, we will celebrate tonight and then begin tomorrow studying film on Purdue. It's a rivalry game and anything can happen, we'll be prepared for them, as well we will have some important recruits we will be trying to impress this coming week."

    Injury Update - Both Armando Allen (abdominal tear) and Steven Filer (sprained elbow) are on track to return in a few weeks. The training staff is unsure if they will be ready for the Minnesota game or will have to have their first game back against vaunted Ohio State. The coaches would obviously like to give at least a few snaps to both players prior to the OSU game, but for now it's still indeterminable.


    Players of the Game
    NI - Meco Brown 176 KR yards 1 TD
    ND - Golden Tate 229 total yards 2 rec. TDs, 1 KR TD

    Other Notable ND players
    Jimmy Clausen 14-18 278 yards 5 TDs 0 INTs
    James Aldridge 26 carries 248 yards 2 TDs
    Michael Floyd 166 total yards 1 rec. TD, 1 KR TD
     
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    Braggin' Rights
    Notre Dame prevails in overtime in the annual battle for bragging rights.

    After a few brief power outages prior to the game starting the fans in attendance were for quite a barnburner. Purde (2-2) nearly upset the #24 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) but fell short in OT, as a missed FG by Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs left the Irish the opportunity it needed to pull out the victory 37-34.

    The game started with the Irish offense putting up 2 quick TDs, by way of a Clausen 4 yard scamper and a 61 yard TD reception by James Aldridge. Purdue gathered together and before the game got out of hand they put together 3 straight scoring drives to go up 16-14.

    Purdue had a trio of wide receivers that could not be stopped today. Royce Adams had 10 catches for 146 yards with 2 TDs, Keith Smith had 4 catches for 131 yards with 1 TD, and Aaron Valentine had 5 catches for 89 yards. Purdue was forced to the air and couldn't get much going on the ground as they had only 24 yards rushing. This however did not stop them from gaining a halftime lead of 26-21.

    The second half was mainly a defensive battle with ND finally putting in a go ahead score but failing the 2 points conversion. James Aldridge had another solid day in place for Armando Allen with 136 yards on the ground. The fourth quarter began with a solid drive by Purdue, thanks again to their superb passing game, and lackluster pass defense by the ND secondary. With 3:24 in the game and Purdue up by 7 time was running out for the Fighting Irish.

    Clausen showed great poise in the final drive going 4-4 for 62 yards, however at 4th and inches from the Purdue 5 yard line it looked like it could be the end of the game. ND tried a QB sneak and was stuffed, however a Purdue facemask call extended the drive and let Aldridge run it for a 4 yard TD 2 plays later.

    In OT the Irish won the toss and chose to go on defense. 2 sacks by Williams and an incomplete pass led Purdue to a long FG which was missed. The Irish played conservatively by running the ball 3 straight times and Brandon Walker became the hero as he kicked the 31 yard game winning FG to keep the Irish undefeated in nonconference play.

    The Irish will take on the undefeated Northwestern Wildcats next week in South Bend.


    Players of the game
    ND - James Aldridge 25 carries 136 yards 2 TDs 4 receptions 91 yards 1 TD
    PU - Joey Elliot 23-37 375 yards 3 TDs 0 INTs

    Other notable ND players
    Jimmy Clausen 15-31 325 yards 2 TDs 0 INTs 8 carries 46 yards 1 TD
    Duval Kamara 6 receptions 111 yards 1 TD
     
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    Building Momentum
    Notre Dame starts their conference season off right with a win over Northwestern.

    #24 Notre Dame coming off a thrilling overtime win against bitter rival Purdue, buried Northwestern in a battle of the undefeateds. The game was over and done with early thanks in large part to a swarming defense that allowed less than 40 yards rushing and less than 200 yards passing as well as picking off Northwestern QBs 3 times during the game.

    There were some standout performances on both sides of the ball. Jimmy Clausen was in rhythm and threw for nearly 300 yards with 3 TDs and only a single interception. The receiving game was spread out evenly with Kyle Rudolph, who looks to be aiming for the John Mackey Award if he plays like he did today, had 4 catches for 91 yards and a TD. However James Aldridge was the star of the game and really took over in the second half. He had another big effort putting up over 200 yards on the ground. Coach Noknee will have a tough task deciding if he wants to keep Aldridge who has been on fire or go with the more highly touted Armando Allen whose due back next week from an abdominal tear.

    In Notre Dame recruiting news, the Irish scored their first 5 star recruit of the season by getting Chris Swain (Oxon Hill-Glassmore, Maryland) to verbally commit. He's a 5'11 191 pound and listed as an athlete, when asked he was unsure at this moment where he will be trying to get some playing time for ND in the coming years. When asked what impressed him the most Swain said, "Just by meeting Coach Noknee, I knew I had to play for him. I know he'll be successful and I'll be rooting for the Irish all year. I also think the fanbase is second to none in football, and seeing their pep rally weighed heavily into my decision." Swain is one of the fastest recruits in the nation with a 4.36 40 and is the 3rd overall player in the class.

    Notre Dame goes to Minnesota next week to battle the Golden Gophers (1-4)

    Players of the game
    ND - James Aldridge 26 carries 250 yards 1 TD, 1 reception 17 yards
    NU - Vince Brown 6 tackles (2 TFL) 2 sacks

    Other Notable ND players
    Jimmy Clausen 16-26 295 yards 3 TDs 1 INT
    Kyle Rudolph 4 receptions 91 yards 1 TD
     
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    Undefeated no more!
    The Fighting Irish fall to the Buckeyes 43-27, missed opportunities and turnovers abound.

    The game between the 2 most storied programs in all of college football came to fruition today, when the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes took on the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1). The Buckeyes proved why they were the number 2 team in the country and our making their way closer to a national championship run. The story of the game was turnovers by Jimmy Clausen, and the Buckeye stingy run defense that allowed just 24 yards total rushing - mainly due to the 8 sacks the ND offensive line allowed.

    The first quarter was dominated by the Buckeyes. They took the ball right down the field before stalling in the red zone, they moved the ball heavily on the ground and Terrelle Pryor had a key 3rd down completion for over 30 yards to get things rolling. They would settle for a FG, and take a 3-0 lead. The Irish would go 3 and out after good field position given by a Tate ko return. The Buckeyes would march down the field facing little opposition by the ND defense, giving the Buckeyes a 10-0 lead at the end of the quarter.

    After stalling drives by both offenses, the Irish had the ball in the shadow of their own goalposts. On 3rd and 12 a roll out by Clausen was stuffed as he was sacked giving an additional 2 points to the Buckeyes as well as the ball back. Ohio State took the ball over at the 50 and would get only 1 first down, but were able to get 3 points out of the excellent field position. With the backs against the wall and ND on the verge of collapse they put together a balanced attack before Armando Allen would take the ball up the gut for a 20 yard TD run, cutting the deficit to 8. The Buckeyes would storm right back scoring a TD with only a second left in the half. The halftime score was 22-7.

    The Irish would take the ball to start the second half and they made the most of it. They would drive the ball down the field and put another TD into the endzone thanks to the fullback Luke Schmidt rumbling in for a 1 yard score. Ohio State would go 3 and out on their next possession and it seemed ND was primed to make it a game.

    The Irish drove down thanks to some beautiful passes by Clausen hitting Tate and Rudolph getting it down to the 2 yard line. On 2nd and Goal Clausen would roll out to the left and have the corner against an Ohio State defensive back unfortunately Clausen would instead of diving headfirst into the endzone make an ill advised turnaround pass to the middle of the field where Chimdi Chekwa would take a pick six 101 yards back to the house killing ND's momentum. Coach Noknee threw down his headset in disgust after the play and had this to say after the game, "You just can't make that play in that situation. You aren't going to beat any team that runs for over 200 yards on you while having a negative 3 Turnover margin. No team can overcome that kind of play especially when you go up against the like of Ohio State."


    ND would score right back on their first play with a 74 yard Mike Ragone TD but the Buckeyes would answer right back with a Ray Small run for 70 of the 213 yards the Buckeyes would amass on the ground. The fourth quarter was riddled with ND interceptions and Ohio State would hold on by chewing the clock.

    Some comments by Coach Noknee after the game, "This one hurts, and it's definitely humbling when a team comes into your house and beats you like that. We did some things right, and you have to give credit where it's due, Ohio State is a helluva football team. There was too many missed opportunities with dropped interceptions in the first quarter, Clausen throwing for 4 picks, and the offensive line getting dominated like that, well you just aren't going to win playing that way."

    Players of the Game
    ND -Armando Allen 15 carries 52 yards 2 TDs.
    OSU - Thaddeus Gibson 5 tackles (3 TFL), 3 sacks

    Other Notable ND players
    Golden Tate - 5 receptions 139 yards

    tl;dr - Turnovers and bad offensive line play killed the Irish.

    Also I forgot about saving highlights or I would post some especially the 101 yard interception return, and the TD pass to end the half. I'll try to remember for my next user game against Michigan.
     
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    Turnaround!
    Notre Dame shuts out the Fighting Illini in the second half to rout Illinois.

    Coming off the loss to the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes, this game was a pivotal one in the season. The #18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-1) took on the Illinois Fighting Illini (4-3). The first half was very close but thanks to a defensive halftime adjustments, the Irish would pull away scoring 35 unanswered points in the second half to win.

    The Irish offense seemed excited to get to work after the dismal performance last week. Armando Allen took the opening kickoff 89 yards before a shoe string tackle saved a TD, but it was all for not as on 3rd and goal Jimmy Clausen would find Parris in the back of the endzone for a TD. Illinois would respond by putting 2 scoring drives together in a row making it 10-7. Notre Dame would respond with a 16 yard TD pass by Clausen to Aldrige making it 14-10 after 1 quarter of play.

    The second quarter would be mainly a defensive one with punts exchanged until late when ND would use Aldrige to rush his first of 3 rushing TDs in the game. Illinois would respond with another Benn TD catch, and it was looking like this would be a dogfight to the end.

    The halftime speech to the defense along with the adjustments made for a fired up ND, and would shutout the Illini in the second half. ND would put up 5 second half TDs with Clausen distributing the ball well - 8 ND players had at least 1 catch. Aldridge would also show up and run for over 200 yards.

    Coach Noknee had this to say after the game, "It's always great to rebound after a debilitating loss like last week's. Hopefully we can carry this into next week as we take on a very strong Wisconsin team on the road."

    In recruiting news - Mark Richard (Hillside, New Jersey) committed to the school. He is the school's second 5 star commit this year and he's the number 7 player overall in the class. He also happens to be the fastest player in this year's class with a blistering 4.30 forty time. ND looks to be putting together a class of speed demons to challenge some of the SEC speed. He also has excellent size at 6'1 205 pounds, he will need to improve his pass blocking ability as well as breaking tackles to be successful at the next level. When asked about why he committed to ND, this is what he had to say, "The fact that I can get an education second to none and play at a school that has the second most NFL hall of famers is exactly what I am looking for, not to mention I get to play in the best conference in college football."

    Players of the game
    ND - James Aldrige 28 carries 215 yards 3 TDs 1 catch 16 yards 1 TD
    Ill - Arrellious Benn 4 receptions 113 yards 2 TD

    Other Notable ND players
    Jimmy Clausen - 14-23 268 yards 4 TDs 2 INTs
     
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    69-13!
    Wisconsin is licking its wounds after being whipped by Notre Dame

    The #15 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-1) took on a frustrated Wisconsin (5-3) who had a 2 game losing streak when entering the contest. Wisconsin's frustrations would continue as they would be embarrassed in front of their home crowd. Notre Dame dominated on both sides of the ball especially the LoS where 3 of Notre Dame's running backs would each average at least an astonishing 10 yards per carry. The rushing attack was highlighted by James Aldrige who would break the Notre Dame rushing record before being sat in the early 4th quarter for the rest of the day.

    The Irish would jump out to quick 31-0 lead thanks to 2 TD passes by Jimmy Clausen and 2 TD runs by James Aldrige. It looked like Wisconsin was beginning to come back as they quickly scored 2 TDs on successive possessions late in the 2nd quarter. The biggest play would probably be the fact that a Wisconsin FG was blocked that would have cut the lead to 15 points with momentum going into halftime. However after the block ND would lead an effective passing drive and would hit a FG to extend the lead to 34-13.

    For the second straight week the ND defense became fierce in the second half. The coaching staff has perfected the ability to make adjustments to the opposing offense, and completely shut them down. The second half was highlighted by runs from Aldrige, Hughes and Allen. Each player would score at least 1 TD.

    After the game Coach Noknee had to say this, "It's a great win to get in a hostile environment. We played very well, and this momentum will give us the push we need. Watch out Michigan, because we're coming after you next."

    Recruiting Update: Big week for the ND program in recruiting as we were able to secure 4 new 5 star recruits. This rises the total for the year to 6 and ND is currently leading the nation for top recruiting class. They were also able to land the number 1 recruit in the country in SS Kevin Dixoon. Coincidentally all 4 of this week's recruits cited the prestige Coach Noknee carries and the program's ability to send players to the next level as some of the primary reasons they chose ND. The players are listed alphabetically below

    Cantrell, Thomas (Riverside, CA) #2 C (#20 ovr) 6'2, 284 lbs.
    Dixon, Kevin (Lehigh Acres, FL) #1 SS (#1 ovr) 6'3, 187 lbs.
    Fitzpatrick, Shawn (San Marcos, CA) #5 CB (#34 ovr) 6'1, 181 lbs.
    Romero, Fred (Batavia, NY) #4 G (#29 ovr) 6'5, 316 lbs.


    Players of the game
    James Aldrige 217 carries 281 yards, 4 TDs
    J. Clay 24 carries 62 yards 2 TDs

    Other Notable ND players
    Jimmy Clausen 11-16 185 yards 3 TDs 0 INTs
    Kyle Rudolph 4 receptions 152 yards
     
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    So Close...
    Notre Dame falters as Michigan is able to make the plays in OT

    The #12 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-2) fell to the undeafeted #4 ranked Michigan Wolverines (9-0) in the Big House. There was plenty of drama in the game in this year's rivalry.

    The Irish would lose the coin toss and were forced to receive the opening possession. A pass to Armando Allen in the flat was good for over 20 yards however he was injured on a vicious hit by a Michigan defender and forced the ball loose. Michigan would recover and take the ball down to the 1. Michigan would score on the next play as FB Mark Moundros would rumble into the endzone for 6. Notre Dame calmed down on their second possession, however during the 5th play of the drive, Heisman hopeful running back James Aldrige would break his collar bone. He will be out the rest of the season. Armando Allen stepped up in his place rushing for 99 yards against a solid Michigan squad in his absence. The drive was capped off by a Notre Dame FG cutting the deficit to 4. The first quarter would end 7-3.

    After a 3 and out by Michigan Notre Dame would take its first lead of the contest going up 10-7 thanks to a 14 yard TD catch by Duval Kamara. Another Michigan punt would pin the Irish deep into their own territory. On the 4th play the drive was ended as Jimmy Clausen threw one of his only bad passes of the day right into the arms of safety Steve Brown. It would set up a Michigan TD thanks to a Brandon Minor 26 yard TD run. Clausen would rebound and lead the Irish into FG range as they made a FG with 20 seconds left in the half. The halftime score was 14-13 Michigan.

    Tate Forcier would struggle much of the day and he would start the Wolverines on the wrong foot in the second half as he would throw a pick to Dan McCarthy on the first possession. ND would take advantage and Clausen would eventually hit Kamara for a 41 yard strike for his second TD of the game. Kyle Rudolph would catch a pass deep in the endzone and the Irish would take a 7 point lead. Tate Forcier would prove his leadership by using his legs to take one in from 4 yards out on the next drive to tie the game. The third quarter would end in a 21-21 tie.

    After the first of 2 missed Red zone FGs, the Wolverine would take over and thanks to a couple of long accurate passes by Forcier, Michigan would score thanks to a 44 yard TD reception. Notre Dame would strike back with a TD drive of their own which would be capped off by a Golden Tate TD reception of 4 yards. Tate Forcier would throw his 4th interception of the day on the first play of the next possession, again to McCarthy who would run it back for a pick six with 2:06 remaining in the game. Forcier would rally the troops and pick apart the ND defense and get a TD with :53 left in the game. The Irish would manage to put together a drive and get it down to the 20 yard line. A second missed FG would send it into overtime with a score of 35-35.

    The Irish would once again lose the toss, and would go on offense first. After a sack by the Wolverines, Clausen would hit TE Mike Ragone for a big catch taking it down to the 8. On 4th and goal inside the 1 yard line, ND would elect to go but get stuffed on a QB sneak. On the second play from scrimmage Tate Forcier would run a naked bootleg against man-to-man defense and put away the Irish for the final score of 41-35.

    Coach Noknee had this to say after the game, "The elements were against us in this one. The snow and the wind was a factor, but I don't care if you're kicking into a hurricane, you have to make those 2 FGs, if you want to beat a team like Michigan on the road. My hats off to Coach Hood, and Tate Forcier as they both stepped up in key moments, where our team faltered. We have no time to think about lost opportunities as we have to get ready for our rivalry game against Michigan State next week. Also James Aldrige is now done for the year. We will be moving forward with a combination of Hughes and Allen as our primary running attack.

    Players of the game
    ND - Jimmy Clausen 29-40, 413 yards 3 TDs 1 INT
    UM - Stevie Brown 14 tackles 1 INT

    Other notable players
    ND - Duval Kamara 7 rec. 113 yards 2 TD
    ND - Armando Allen 24 carries, 99 yards
    UM - Tate Forcier 13-24, 274 yards 2 TDs 4 INTs
     
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    I just want to say again that this was 1 hell of a game, a true battle. Every yard was hard earned. There was alot of strategy involved in this 1, i struggled to solve his defense all day and i was constantly trying to find looks that worked defensively. This game easily could have turned out differently, but luckily for me it didnt. So once again great game Noknee, and it should just be the 1st of many.
     
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    Home Cookin'!
    The Irish pummel the Spartans 69-24 in the annual rivalry game.

    The #14 ranked Fighting Irish (9-2) took on the Michigan State Spartans (2-9) in the final game in South Bend of the season. Who truly shined this week was the Kick off return team for the Irish, as Golden Tate would return 2 kicks for TDs, and Armando Allen would add one TD of his own, resulting in 21 points off kick returns alone.

    The Irish would be on cruise control for much of the game as Jimmy Clausen would throw for 3 TDs in the first half, that along with a pair Tate KR TDs (including the opening kickoff), as well as a TD run by Hughes gave ND a 42-10 halftime lead.

    The second half was a concentrated effort to feed Hughes the ball who is filling in for the injured Aldridge. The offensive line has made the statement week in and week out that regardless of who is in the backfield they are determined to dominate the opposing team's at the LOS. Today would be no different as Hughes would rush for over 200 yards including 3 TDs.

    The Irish are definitely celebrating with the megaphone this year in this rivalry especially coming off the tough OT loss against bitter rival Michigan last week.

    Another great week for Irish recruiting as 3 more 5 stars committed and are coming to South Bend. The focus of this year's recruiting class has been offensive line and defensive backfield and both have sufficiently been fulfilled this year after this week's list of commits.
    Allen, Andrew (Newnan, GA) #2 SS (#31 ovr) 6'4, 179 lbs.
    Dukes, Chase (Calhoun, GA) #1 G (#17 ovr) 6'0, 314 lbs.
    Miller, Sam (JUCO) (Plymouth, IN) #1 T (#10 ovr) 6'7, 290 lbs.

    The class now has 9 five star commits, and 1 four star commit. The Irish currently have the number 1 class in the country.

    Players of the game
    ND - Golden Tate 249 KR yards 2 TD, 2 rec. 31 yards
    MSU - K. Martin 231 KR yards 1 TD

    Other notable ND players
    Jimmy Clausen 18-27 246 yards 3 TDs 0 INTs
    Larry Hughes 25 carries 205 yards 3 TDs
     
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    Damn. 9 five star commits? definitely tops my current class which consists of like 7 four star guys
     
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    yeah man ur definately kickin ass. i have i wanna say 2 five stars and maybe 4 or 5 four star guys.
     
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    noknee offers whores and money to new recruits.
     
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    I still have 1 more 5 star commit on the way I think. if he commits I think I got 5 of the top 10 players in the class by the top 100 rank.

    @Shadow - How else am I suppose to get kids to come to South Bend, Indiana?
     
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    Hoosiers Crushed!
    The Irish dispose of Indiana 54-14.

    The #12 ranked Fighting Irish (10-2) took on the Indiana Hoosiers (2-10) this past week and the outcome was virtually decided before the teams took the field. Notre Dame took control early jumping out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a pair of Hughes rushing TDs. The first quarter would end with ND up by those 2 TDs.

    The second quarter is where Indiana scored all of their points thanks to a couple of great shotgun draw plays on both drives. ND would respond with 13 points of their own including a pick six by RS freshman safety Dan McCarthy. The halftime score would be 27-14.

    That would be as close as the Hoosiers got however. The turning play was a Golden Tate kickoff return to start the second half and the Irish would never look back. They would add a Clausen TD pass to Kyle Rudolph as well a pair of rushing TDs by Hughes and Allen. The final score would be 54-14.

    Players of the Game
    ND - Robert Hughes 25 carries 243 yards 3 TDs
    IU - J. Kirley 7 tackles (3 TFL) 3 sacks

    Other Notable ND players
    Jimmy Clausen 12-21, 182 yards 1 TD 0 INT
    Kyle Rudolph - 4 rec. 67 yards 1 TD
    Golden Tate 154 KR yards 1 KR TD
    Dan McCarthy 6 tackles 1 INT, 1 TD

    The Irish had another successful recruiting week adding another 5 star commit, a pair of 4 star commits, and getting a 3 star kicker to commit. Their class as reached double digits in 5 stars as Notre Dame leads the way in recruiting this year. Since adding the newly acquired 5 star WR commit the Irish now have 5 of the top 10 players committed in the draft.

    While the big news would seem to be the 5 star WR commit, it's actually from a 4 star commit who Coach Noknee thinks is very underrated when it comes to the recruiting services. Stacey Davis is a towering safety at 6'4 215 lbs who can run a 4.32 40. Coach Noknee has called him the next big thing comparing him to Taylor Mays. Here are the list of this week's commits

    Davis, Luke (Palmdale, CA) #1 WR (# 5 ovr) 6'2, 169 lbs.
    Davis, Stacey (Ewing, NJ) #17 FS (# 213 ovr) 6'4, 215 lbs.
    Holmes, Andrew (Winterpark FL) #14 CB (# 161 ovr) 6'0, 198 lbs.
    Yates, Anthony (Chambersburg, PA) #2 K (# 279 ovr) 5'10, 183 lbs
     
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    Recruiting Update!

    While the current Notre Dame football team has completed the regular season and awaits to see what bowl matchup they get, the coaching staff is still making the rounds recruiting. The commitments have flowed in throughout the season and this week another one joined the Fighting Irish class, a 4 star QB commit out of North Fort Myers, Florida named Steve James.

    The QB is considered by the staff to be underrated in most recruiting services most likely due to the fact he is still lanky and has room to grow. However the player is one heck of an athlete standing at a pedestrian 6'1 187 lbs, however packs a punch that makes him one of the toughest recruits in the country. He has the top squat max and the 2nd highest bench max of the QBs in the country. All this power while being able to run a 4.60 40 makes many wonder if ND might be trying to copycat the rest of college football by moving towards a spread offense. Only time will tell on that decision. Many are making comparisons of Tebow with the way James plays QB as his ability to truck over defenders at the HS level is stellar.

    The addition of James has given ND a total of 15 recruits they are broken down as follows:
    5 stars - 10 commits
    4 stars - 4 commits
    3 stars - 1 commit
     
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    Recruiting Update!

    The last week of the regular season for college football gave ND 3 more commits. The best defensive backfield in the class is now complete with the final piece of the puzzle being added in SS Josh Smith. Other commits from this week include WR Andrew Whitmore and ATH Darren Manning who is projected to be at either CB or WR is .

    The defensive backfield now has 3 commits at SS, 2 commits at FS, and 1 commit as CB, as well as 2 other ATH commits that could become CBs. It's the deepest part of the class for ND this year and they look to become elite in the pass defense in the future especially considering the woeful pass defense that is currently ranked 99th in the nation and worst in the Big Ten.

    The commits for this week are again

    Manning, Darren (Daly City, CA) #8 ATH (#79 ovr) 6'5 194 lbs.
    Smith, Josh (Seagoville, TX) #8 SS (#162 ovr) 6'2 192 lbs.
    Whitmore, Andrew (Sudley, VA) #23 WR (#259 ovr) 6'0 208 lbs

    It brings the class to 18 commits that are broken down as follows
    5 stars - 10 commits
    4 stars - 7 commits
    3 stars - 1 commit
     
  19. Noknee

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    Bowled Over!
    ND caps off successful season with a win against Florida in the Capital One Bowl.

    In a matchup of top ten ranked teams #10 Notre Dame took on #8 Florida near their own backyard in the Capital One Bowl. Many people took Florida as they didn't not have to travel across the country to play in Orlando. The score of 31-21 seems much closer than what the game could have been for the Gators. In fact the high powered Gator offense only scored a TD on their first drive the game, the other 2 scores were provided by special teams and defense.

    The game looked like the Gators would be firing on all cylinders as the Gators made the ND defense look like a hot knife going through butter. Tim Tebow would punch it in for the opening score to make it 7-0. ND would answer using passes to Kyle Rudolph and rushing by Robert Hughes to get into the red zone. Jimmy Clausen would throw his lone TD pass of the game to Duval Kamara for the 4 yard score tying the game. The Gators would answer right back with a KO Return for a TD by Brandon James. However, not to be outdone, Armando Allen would make a 90 yard return giving ND great field position inside Florida's 10. Florida would stuff the Irish on 4th and goal to make a turnover. A 3 out and by Florida led to another great return by Allen for 45 yards that would eventually set up a Brandon Walker FG. At the end of the 1st the score was 14-10.

    The second quarter was filled with punts by both teams and the Irish defense would stiffen for the rest of the game for the most part. Unfortunately in the middle of the second quarter, QB Jimmy Clausen would take a shot to the lower back by Brandon Spikes and he would be forced to leave the game in the hands of backup QB Dayne Crist. Crist had been relegated for most of the season handing the ball off in blowouts but he would lead a come from behind victory against a very strong SEC team. The score at halftime remained 14-10.

    The first drive of the second half belonged to the Irish, and Crist would open up the offense by scoring on 2 successive possessions throwing a TD to Rudolph and having Hughes power in for the score. The score at the end of the 3rd quarter was 24-14 with ND comfortably in the driver's seat.

    The Irish defense was impeccable constantly confusing Tim Tebow and forcing them to punt for the majority of the second half. Unfortunately Crist would make his one poor decision of the game and Brandon Spikes would take advantage with a pick cutting the deficit to 3. Hughes would respond with his leadership, due to both Aldrige being replaced midseason, and Clausen being knocked out of the game, Hughes was running like a man possessed in the 4th quarter. He would be responsible for all 78 yards of his team's offense on the final drive, including the 1 yard TD reception to seal the game. The final score would read 31-21.

    Players of the game
    UF - J. Cunningham 6 tackles (2 TFL), 2 sacks
    ND - Robert Hughes 23 carries 197 yards 1 TD, 4 receptions 42 yards 1 TD

    Other Notable ND players
    Dayne Crist 2 TDs 1 INT
    Duval Kamara 4 receptions 66 yards 1 TD
     
  20. Noknee

    Noknee Walk On

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    Notre Dame finishes the polls as the 5th ranked team in the country, but Irish eyes are looking forward to next year with an offense that could struggle.

    After much deliberation Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate have elected for the NFL draft.

    Clausen is projected to be most likely the 4th or 5th QB taken in the draft and will likely fall in the 3rd round. The All Big Ten QB lettered for 3 years and broke the national record passer rating this season.

    Golden Tate is projected to be somewhere in the 5th-7th round. Much of his stock depends how well he tests at the combine especially his 40 as he does not have the prototypical size that the scouts like to see in WRs.

    Darius Fleming has decided to leave Notre Dame for the University of Arkansas. His official statement was due to the fact that he felt he was not being given a fair chance at playing time as he backed up true freshman Manti Teo and (RS) freshman Steve Filer. We wish Darius all the best as he is headed to the SEC.

    With the loss of Clausen and Tate there are only 3 offensive starters returning to South Bend next season. They are TE Kyle Rudolph, WR Michael Floyd, and OG Trevor Robinson. Looking to take over the reigns of the offense will be (RS) Sophomore Dayne Crist. Crist led the Irish to a come from behind victory in their bowl game this year, and while much is expected out of the star from Sherman Oaks, CA, he will have to improve quickly if ND wants to challenge for the Big Ten title next year.

    ND's defense should shine next year, as they return 10/11 starters in their base defense. They will need to only replace their SS as well as their nickel back in their 3-3-5 look. The team excelled against the run but was dead last in stopping the pass. Coach Noknee believes that it was due to a lack of pressure and not poor coverage, so look for the idea in spring practice to get after the QB.

    The next big day will be National Letter of Intent day that is just under a month and a half away. ND is looking to secure their number 1 class in the nation and perhaps bolster an offense that was hit hard by graduation.
     
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