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    2009 Schedule

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4
    Week
    Team​
    Result Record
    1
    Memphis​
    W 24-14 1-0 (0-0)
    2
    Bye Week​
    - 1-0 (0-0)
    3
    FCS Southeast​
    W 63-10 2-0 (0-0)
    4
    @ Florida State
    W 35-14 3-0 (1-0)
    5
    @ #8 LSU
    W 56-20 4-0 (2-0)
    6
    #2 Penn State
    W 35-10 5-0 (3-0)
    7
    UAB​
    W 58-28 6-0 (3-0)
    8
    Tennessee
    W 45-28 7-0 (4-0)
    9
    @ #8 Ohio State (Gwill2588)
    - 0-0 (0-0)
    10
    FCS West​
    - 0-0 (0-0)
    11
    #13 Miami (BulgyTexas)
    - 0-0 (0-0)
    12
    #9 Virginia Tech
    - 0-0 (0-0)
    13
    @ Michigan
    - 0-0 (0-0)
    14
    Bye Week​
    - 0-0 (0-0)
    CW
    TBD​
    - 0-0 (0-0)
    BW
    TBD​
    - 0-0 (0-0)
    Dark Red = ESC Conference Game
    Orange = Rivalry Game​

    ***Rankings updated each week for future opponents and rankings appear as what they were when games were played against them***​

     
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    2009 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Roster

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    #
    Name​
    Pos​
    State​
    Year​
    Calibur
    34
    James Aldridge​
    FB​
    Indiana​
    SR​
    :5stars:
    5
    Armando Allen​
    HB​
    Florida​
    JR​
    :4stars:
    27
    E.J. Banks​
    CB​
    Pennsylvania​
    FR​
    :3stars:
    12
    Robert Blanton​
    CB​
    North Carolina​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    31
    Sergio Brown​
    FS​
    Illinois​
    SR​
    :4stars:
    68
    Alex Bullard​
    OG​
    Tennessee​
    FR​
    :4stars:
    86
    Bobby Burger​
    TE​
    Ohio​
    JR​
    JUCO
    44
    Carlo Calabrese​
    LB​
    New Jersey​
    FR​
    :4stars:
    52
    Braxton Cave​
    OG​
    Indiana​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    7
    Jimmy Clausen​
    QB​
    California​
    JR​
    :5stars:
    10
    Dayne Crist​
    QB​
    California​
    SO​
    :5stars:
    98
    Sean Cwynar​
    DT​
    Illinois​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    75
    Taylor Dever​
    OG​
    California​
    JR​
    :4stars:
    72
    Paul Duncan​
    OT​
    Georgia​
    SR​
    :4stars:
    11
    Shaq Evans​
    WR​
    California​
    FR​
    :4stars:
    46
    Steve Filer​
    DE​
    Illinois​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    45
    Darius Fleming​
    LB​
    Illinois​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    3
    Michael Floyd​
    WR​
    Minnesota​
    SO​
    :5stars:
    48
    Dan Fox​
    LB​
    Ohio​
    FR​
    :3stars:
    57
    Mike Golic​
    C​
    Connecticut​
    SO​
    :3stars:
    81
    John Goodman​
    WR​
    Indiana​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    4
    Gary Gray​
    CB​
    South Carolina​
    JR​
    :4stars:
    25
    Jonas Gray​
    HB​
    Michigan​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    33
    Robert Hughes​
    HB​
    Illinois​
    JR​
    :4stars:
    9
    Ethan Johnson​
    DT​
    Oregon​
    SO​
    :5stars:
    18
    Duval Kamara​
    WR​
    New Jersey​
    JR​
    :4stars:
    70
    Zach Martin​
    OT​
    Indiana​
    FR​
    :3stars:
    89
    Kapron Lewis Moore​
    DE​
    Texas​
    SO​
    :3stars:
    15
    Dan McCarthy​
    FS​
    Ohio​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    28
    Kyle McCarthy​
    FS​
    Ohio​
    SR​
    :2stars:
    54
    Anthony McDonald​
    LB​
    California​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    8
    Raeshon McNeil​
    CB​
    North Carolina​
    SR​
    :4stars:
    17
    Zeke Motta​
    SS​
    Florida​
    FR​
    :4stars:
    93
    Paddy Mullen​
    DT​
    Missouri​
    SR​
    :3stars:
    56
    Kerry Neal​
    DE​
    North Carolina​
    JR​
    :4stars:
    76
    Andrew Nuss​
    OG​
    Virginia​
    JR​
    :3stars:
    91
    Emeka Nwankwo​
    DE​
    Florida​
    JR​
    :4stars:
    55
    Eric Olsen​
    C​
    New York​
    SR​
    :4stars:
    82
    Robby Parris​
    WR​
    Ohio​
    SR​
    :3stars:
    30
    Steve Paskorz​
    FB​
    Pennsylvania​
    JR​
    :3stars:
    36
    David Posluszny​
    LB​
    Pennsylvania​
    SO​
    :3stars:
    83
    Mike Ragone​
    TE​
    New Jersey​
    JR​
    :4stars:
    53
    Morrice Richardson​
    DE​
    Georgia​
    SR​
    :3stars:
    32
    Theo Riddick​
    RB​
    New Jersey​
    FR​
    :4stars:
    78
    Trevor Robinson​
    OG​
    Nebraska​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    70
    Matt Romine​
    OT​
    Oklahoma​
    JR​
    :4stars:
    9
    Kyle Rudolph​
    TE​
    Ohio​
    SO​
    :5stars:
    90
    John Ryan​
    DE​
    Ohio​
    SR​
    :3stars:
    13
    Evan Sharpley​
    QB​
    Michigan​
    SR​
    :4stars:
    26
    Jamoris Slaughter​
    SS​
    Georgia​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    22
    Harrison Smith​
    LB​
    Tennessee​
    JR​
    :4stars:
    41
    Scott Smith​
    LB​
    Illinois​
    SR​
    :3stars:
    49
    Toryan Smith​
    LB​
    Georgia​
    SR​
    :3stars:
    59
    Chris Stewart​
    OG​
    Texas​
    SR​
    :4stars:
    92
    Tyler Stockton​
    DT​
    New Jersey​
    FR​
    :4stars:
    23
    Golden Tate​
    WR​
    Tennessee​
    JR​
    :4stars:
    40
    Nicholas Tausch​
    K​
    Texas​
    FR​
    :3stars:
    5
    Manti Teo​
    LB​
    Hawaii​
    FR​
    :5stars:
    35
    Ben Turk​
    P​
    Florida​
    FR​
    :3stars:
    97
    Kallen Wade​
    DE​
    Ohio​
    SR​
    :4stars:
    1
    Deion Walker​
    WR​
    Virginia​
    SO​
    :4stars:
    2
    Darrin Walls​
    CB​
    Pennsylvania​
    SR​
    :4stars:
    66
    Chris Watt​
    OG​
    Illinois​
    FR​
    :5stars:
    51
    Dan Wenger​
    C​
    Florida​
    SR​
    :4stars:
    79
    Hafis Williams​
    DT​
    New Jersey​
    SO​
    :3stars:
    95
    Ian Williams​
    DT​
    Florida​
    JR​
    :3stars:
    20
    Cierre Wood​
    HB​
    California​
    FR​
    :4stars:
    74
    Sam Young​
    OT​
    Florida​
    SR​
    :5stars:

     
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    A New Beginning; Notre Dame Football Spring Game


    April 29th, 2009


    Just two months after Charlie Weis was jettisoned as the third Notre Dame coach in 13 years to not last more than 5 seasons as the head coach, Notre Dame's new head coach, Johnathan Xavier, stepped onto the LeBar Practice Field for the first time. The media watched as Xavier and fellow coaches worked with the team and of special interest was Jimmy Clausen's workout.

    Clausen's progression is of big discussion as he made a large leap in his production from his freshman season to his sophomore season and there are high expectations for him to continue that progression toward being a Heisman hopeful and bringing Notre Dame home another National Championship trophy.

    Clausen played sparingly during the first string portion of the spring game, but he did complete 5 of 8 passes for 80 yards and a TD, including a beautiful corner route strike to fellow Heisman hopeful Golden Tate.

    Xavier on Clausen's showing during the spring game and throughout practice so far:
    "He's really shown progression. I'm very happy with what he's done so far during the offseason and look for him to continue to work and study to progress further along."

    With just 4 months until the opening game, the eyes of all media and fans alike are fixed on South Bend and whether or not Notre Dame will become a force to be reckoned with again with new head coach Johnathan Xavier.
     
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    Notre Dame Squeaks By Memphis; Gets First Commit of Season



    Notre Dame: 24
    Memphis: 14


    It was an awful game for the offense, as they put up only 17 points (the other 7 was from an interception returned for a TD by sophomore corner Robert Blanton) and both of the offense's TDs came from the legs of Armando Allen who had a solid day carrying the ball 26 times for 128 yards and 2 scores as well as catching 3 passes for 21 yards.

    Clausen came out ice cold, completing just 9 of 21 passes for just 102 yards before he was knocked out for the rest of the game. When asked later, Coach Xavier said it was a "precautionary measure" and that "[Clausen] is fine".

    After Clausen was knocked out of the game, freshman backup QB Dayne Crist took over but hardly did much better, completing just 12 of 21 passes for 182 yards but throwing three VERY poor interceptions.

    Coach Xavier refused to comment on the game anymore besides saying "These boys are going to have one hell of a week off as we bust their asses for this piss poor performance."

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    On the recruiting trail, Notre Dame landed their first big recruit of the season in junior college defensive player of the year in Chris Brown from Belle Glade, Florida. The five star prospect is rocket fast with serious coverage skills.

    Scout.com had this to say about him:
    While not the best cover corner in this year's class, Brown has the most raw talent of anyone in the class. What he lacks in tackling ability, he more than makes up for in coverage ability, ball skills, and his ability to press the receiver at the line; nevermind his incredible natural speed.
     
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    Breaking News From South Bend

    One week after the embarrassing offensive display by the Notre Dame offense, there's news from this week's practice.

    Notre Dame will be making changes to their offense. They are subtle changes, but they are definitely changes. Notre Dame will continue their pro style offense centered around play-action and two TE sets, but it will include more I-formation sets and Shotgun sets to compliment the depth at WR this season and de-emphasize the need for multi-dimensional TEs.

    During the Monday morning press conference, Coach Xavier was asked whether or not this was a reflection on the talent of the team. "No, we are just as talented this season as any other Notre Dame team in the past. This is to put our talent in the best situations possible to take advantage of their individual talents and nothing more."

    There remain questions on how quickly the team can make the transition, as small as they seem to be from reports, and that is something that Coach Xavier answered at length during Monday's press conference.

    "The changes to the offense began as soon as the Memphis game concluded. We knew we wanted to implement some things into the offense, but wasn't sure if it was needed for the good of the team. After seeing that performance, even against a talented team like Memphis, we knew this was the season to make those changes and no better time than during the bye week. I know everyone is thinking, 'Isn't this type of change better suited for the offseason when more time can be spent?' Well, as I stated before, the changes are very subtle and more of a change in play calling than in fundamental differences. We are still going to be a pro style offensive team and we are still going to run the ball. We are just going to have some different formations and blocking schemes to help our offense be more productive."

    As many have said before about changes like this, only time will tell whether this was a good decision or not.

    Notre Dame's next game is week 3 of the season when they play host to FCS Southeast which will most likely be a tuneup game for these new changes to the offense before starting conference play by traveling to Tallahassee to play #20 Florida State Seminoles as the start of a 3 consecutive game conference schedule including another road game after Florida State in the #5 Louisiana State University Tigers and concluding with a home game against the #8 Pennsylvania State Nittney Lions.
     
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    Notre Dame Trounces FCS Southeast; Gets Ready To Visit FSU

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    1st
    2nd
    3rd
    4th
    Final
    FCS Southeast
    0​
    3​
    7​
    0​
    10
    Notre Dame
    7​
    49​
    0​
    7​
    63

    Notre Dame took their offensive frustrations out on FCS Southeast Saturday afternoon with a 49 point explosion in the 2nd quarter that put what looked like another uh oh moment for the Fighting Irish.

    Jimmy Clausen started the game 1/4 with an interception thrown on his first pass attempt. After that interception, the game cameras showed Coach Xavier in Clausen's face, very animatedly pointing at some game footage printouts. The interception was a VERY poorly thrown ball directly to a waiting linebacker sitting in the middle of the field. When asked later about it, Coach Xavier was much calmer when explaining what happened.

    "He got confused by their defensive front. They used the 4-2-5 the entire game and this is the first time we've seen this defense so there was some confusion. We quickly corrected that confusion and he had a great game from there on."

    I would certainly say he did. After that atrocious start, Clausen completed 6 of his next 7 passes, including 5 touchdowns on 7 of 11 passing for 166 yards.

    "In not so little words, Coach told me to settle down and go through my progressions. That interception was a very poor decision on my part where I tried to force the ball in there instead of taking what the defense was giving me."

    But, the passing game wasn't the highlight of the show this game. It was the running game, and specifically the offensive line. The Notre Dame offensive line continually pushed defenders out of the way as the runningbacks gashed the FCS Southeast defense to the tune of 318 yards on the ground. Starter Armando Allen carried the ball 16 times (all in the first half before being benched at the start of the second half after the game was well out of reach) for 173 yards at an amazing 10.8 yards per carry average and 2 TDs, one of which was a 59 yard dash around the weak side, outrunning 3 FCS Southeast defenders.

    But, not only did Allen have a great day running the ball, but backup RB Robert Hughes also enjoyed a chance at having a go against a lesser team to the tune of 24 carries for 143 yards at 5.9 yards per carry average and a TD run. Hughes got most of his carries in mop up duty throughout the 3rd and 4th quarters, but, with all backups in the game on offense (and defense) he shined and showed that he can definitely carry the ball 20+ times a game without wearing out.

    "It was great to get a chance to really show the team what I have in a live game for more than a few carries here or there," said Hughes. "Hopefully this will show the coaching staff that I'm just as capable of carrying the load as Armando [Allen] is."

    The defense was also the star of the game as they forced 5 turnovers by FCS Southeast, including a wonderfully timed intercepted option pitch by linebacker Scott Smith who took it the distance for Notre Dame's first defensive touchdown of the season.

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    Next on Notre Dame's plate is traveling to Tallahassee, Florida to take on the 0-2 Florida State Seminoles, who Coach Xavier says, "We certainly aren't overlooking Florida State. They may be down this season, but they are still a very talented football team and we expect them to give it their all against us next Saturday."
     
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    Recording Breaking Performance By Defensive End Highlights Florida State Stomping

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    1st
    2nd
    3rd
    4th
    Final
    Notre Dame
    7​
    14​
    7​
    7​
    35
    Florida State
    7​
    0​
    7​
    0​
    14

    Notre Dame traveled to Florida State for their first conference game in the newly formed ESC (East Super Conference). In what has been announced as the final season for legendary coach Bobby Bowden, FSU has struggled mightily offensively and have yet to win a game and Saturday's game against Notre Dame was no different.

    Notre Dame's defense came ready to play Saturday as they held the Florida State offense to just 50 total yards of offense and recorded 7 sacks. 6 of those sacks came from redshirt freshman Karpon Lewis Moore who not only had a break out game, but immediately broke the school record for number of sacks in a game. And, not only did he break the school record, but he tied the NCAA record of 6 sacks. Lewis Moore appeared to be a man among boys out there.

    But, it wasn't just the Notre Dame defense that had a time. The offense showed once again that the changes to the playbook and playcalling are having a significant effect on the success of this program. The racked up 420 yards of total offense against one of the best defenses in college football, including 289 yards passing on 25 of 34 attempts by Jimmy Clausen who threw for 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The ground game also had quite a bit of success as Armando Allen carried the ball 28 times for 116 yards (a 4.1 yard per carry average) and Robert Hughes carried it 9 times for 72 yards (an amazing 8.0 yard per carry average). Kyle Rudolph showed why he is in the early running for the John Mackey award for excellency at the Tight End position.

    Florida State showed some life early in the game as they knotted it up 7-7 on a sack fumble recovery and return 49 yards for the TD, but the 2nd quarter was all Notre Dame as they added 14 points to the board making it 21-7 at the half.

    Again, Florida State came out and showed some life on defense once again, this time forcing Clausen into overthrowing a wide open Duval Kumara on 3rd and 20 (after an unsuccessful run and then a sack on a playaction pass by the FSU defense) that would have given them either a 1st and Goal to go or a touchdown. Then, on the very next possession by Notre Dame after another 3rd down stop by their stingy defense, Clausen was hit as he threw the ball, once again to a wide open receiver, and the ball fluttered into the waiting arms of a FSU defender who then raced 83 yards with it for a touchdown, making the score 28-14 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

    Notre Dame would bounce back though, driving down the field once again as their runningbacks carried the load, marching first down after first down. Clausen then threw his 4th and final TD pass to Rudolph, who caught his 3rd TD of the game.

    Coach Xavier refused to speak about the game in length, but did have this to say, "You damn well can't complain about such a start to our conference schedule. 50 yards of offense for the opponent? [bleep] damn that's one hell of a performance by our defense!"
     
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    Week 4 Monday Report - Notre Dame prepares for 2nd game of 2 game road trip in ESC

    Just two days after Notre Dame's impressive win over Florida State in Tallahassee in which the Fighting Irish defense flexed it's muscles with a defensive effort rarely seen in College Football now, they must now prepare for their 2nd ESC game on the road, against #(8) LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    "We're certainly proud of our performance against Florida State, but we can't dwell on it too long," said player of the game defensive end Kapron Lewis Moore. "We are just starting our season and if we have a prayer at a National Championship this season, we've got to continue to dominate our opponents. We'll certainly carry over some of our schemes that worked against Florida State into next weeks game and beyond, but, beyond that, we have to stay focused on the road ahead, and not look back and previous accomplishments."

    Wise words from a redshirt freshman in Lewis Moore.

    "Everyone knew the guy had it in him," said senior defensive end Morrice Richardson, whose starting role Lewis Moore took during the spring. "He came into training camp in the spring 15 pounds heavier and looking like a 26 year old in his prime instead of the 19 year old that he is. He came out and really impressed the coaching staff and got the starting position and has been a real driving force in me pushing myself to get better as well."

    "Morrice [Richardson] has been very understanding of his new role in the defense," said defensive coordinator Michael McElroy. "We planned to use him more in running downs, but Kapron continues to be a force on all downs so it's hard to get him much playing time outside of special teams, but Morrice has been very competitive in practice, which I think helps push Kapron more than Morrice realizes."

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    When asked about their next opponent, LSU, Coach Xavier had this to say about them:

    "As with every team in the newly formed ESC, it's going to be a tough battle. No team in the ESC South has a better offensive line than LSU and their runningback Trindon Holiday is the fastest player we will face all year returning kickoffs so we've got to be ready for their punishing offensive line and their special teams but that doesn't take away from their defense either, who is definitely one of the best we'll see all season as well. We will certainly have our work cut out for us against them."


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    Notre Dame is ranked in the top 25 (at #24) for the first time since 2006, the longest streak in Notre Dame history of not being ranked in the top 25.
     
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    Nice write ups Mors. I have been slacking in this regard over the past couple months.
     
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    One of the main reasons I'm back, being unemployed at the moment, I have WAY too much time on my hands.
     
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    #24 Notre Dame Travels to Death Valley; Embarrasses #8 LSU

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    2nd
    3rd
    4th
    Final
    #24 Notre Dame
    14​
    21​
    14​
    7​
    56
    #8 LSU
    7​
    0​
    13​
    0​
    20

    I'm not one to partake in silly name calling of teams, but after this game, the question of "LSwho?" should definitely be invoked. Notre Dame traveled to Death Valley Saturday to play the #8 team in the nation, LSU and left with the worst beatings in LSU's history by the Fighting Irish (previous worst was 18 points in a 24-6 loss November of 1997).

    Notre Dame could almost do no wrong. Only 3 sacks given up by the Notre Dame offense against one of the best front 4 in the nation, one interception on a flutter pass where the LSU defender seemed destined to catch the ball, and two long TD passes given up to some of the fastest defenders in the nation. Beyond that, the Notre Dame defense was unstoppable, forcing three and out after three and out and intercepting LSU QB Jefferson twice, both by Senior SS Kyle McCarthy (whose little brother who starts opposite of him at FS is still recovering from a broken tail bone that he suffered in week 3 against FCS Southeast) one of which he returned 77 yards for a TD.

    The Notre Dame offense seemed equally unstoppable, putting nearly 600 yards of total offense up against one of the best defensive teams in the nation (ranked in the top 25 in overall defense not only this year but pretty much every year in the past 10 years) 332 of which came by the arm Jimmy Clausen who completed 25 of 35 attempts (for 71%) and 4 TDs. His favorite target, Kyle Rudolph again had a monster game, catching 6 of Clausen's passes for 98 yards and 2 TDs. Armando Allen had his best game of the season on the ground, carrying the ball 26 times for 152 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and 3 TDs.

    We've given up trying to talk to the players or coaching staff after a game anymore as the locker room is always off limits to media and everyone refuses to speak to us after the game but expect to hear quite a bit more about this incredible performance by the Fighting Irish on Monday after their regular conference meetings.
     
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    Week 5 Monday Report - Another Top 10 Team On Deck Plus Recruiting News

    Just five weeks into the season, and we are going to truly know whether or not Notre Dame is ready to make a real push at getting into the National Championship picture. This week, it's ESC opponent #2 Penn State coming to South Bend as the Fighting Irish look to play upset king once again.

    Another team comes up against Notre Dame boasting one of the top offenses in the nation (#2 in total offense at 49.4 points per game), #1 in scoring offense, #2 in passing offense, and #10 in rushing offense), but the constant equalizer for Notre Dame has been their incredible defense (#5 total defense and #1 rushing defense) along with their own scoring abilities (#6 scoring offense at 44.5 points per game). Everything from this game looks like it's poised to be a titanic matchup between these two teams.

    "We've watched quite a bit of tape of [Penn State]," said Coach Xavier. "We think we know what to expect from them but it always just comes down to execution on the football and everyone knowing what their role is and performing that role at a high quality. So far this season, we've done that very well except for our opening game [against Memphis]."

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    More Recruiting news from the Fighting Irish. Coach Xavier got his second recruit of the 2010 class with :4stars: runningback Lawrence Smith from Ypsilanti, Mississippi. The 6'1" 190 pound back has incredible speed (A - 4.38 40 yard dash), strength (B break tackle and carrying), and natural ability (A- agility and B acceleration).

    There apparently was quite a recruiting battle over Smith as not only was Notre Dame going after him but Penn State and USC were as well.

    When asked why he choose Notre Dame over the others, Smith had this to say:

    "I got a chance to meet with Coach Andrews [the runningback position coach] and we really hit it off right from the beginning. Coach really helped me see the finer points of the campus and I had a really great time during my visit. While USC my be runningback U, Notre Dame's location and campus really sold it for me. Plus, being as close to home as Notre Dame is to Mississippi, my family will be able to come see me play."
     
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    #21 Notre Dame Flexes Muscles Again; Stomps #2 Penn State In South Bend

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    #2 Penn State
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    10​
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    10
    #21 Notre Dame
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    14​
    14​
    7​
    35

    Notre Dame played host to Penn State last Saturday and came away once again with an impressive win against a top 10 team.

    Notre Dame's defense once again proved why it's ranked #1 in the nation against the run, allowing Penn State's extremely talented runningback Royster just 36 yards on 18 carries and held the Penn State passing attack in check for most of the game.

    The Fighting Irish offense was once again the star of the show as Jimmy Clausen had another monster game throwing for 352 yards on 21 of 30 passing and 5 touchdowns. Kyle Rudolph once against had an amazing game with 7 receptions for 134 yards and 2 touchdown receptions and Armando Allen sliced the Penn State defense for 141 yards on 27 carries (5.2 yards per carry).

    "We came into the game feeling like we could dictate to their defense what we wanted to do offensively," said Clausen, who was the player of the game with his outstanding performance. "We practiced quite a bit against their fronts and coach really set myself up to succeed with his breakdown of their splits in zone coverage."

    "Jimmy and the rest of the offense went over the tape pretty extensively during the three day prep time that we had. [A hard worker is] something that [Jimmy Clausen] prides himself on being and always has been. Hell, that's why Notre Dame recruited the kid!" said Coach Xavier with a big smile on his face; something that's rarely seen on the coach, even after a big win like this.

    "Sure, there were issues that we still need to work on correcting. Our defense is still really struggling to stop the pass consistently but part of that has to go to that extremely talented team that lined up across from us. Penn State is one hell of a football team and their offense is always going to put up numbers. Certainly can't complain about holding one of the best runningbacks in the country to just 36 yards though!" Again, Xavier with a big smile on his face.


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    With no bye week in sight until the end of the season, next week Notre Dame plays host to UAB. Next they play their 4th and 5th ESC opponent in the Tennessee Volunteers and then what is sure to be a titanic matchup against Ohio State in The Shoe.
     
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    #12 Notre Dame Escapes From UAB (RoboQB); Rudolph Breaks Record

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    7​
    14​
    28
    #12 Notre Dame
    14​
    21​
    14​
    9​
    58

    Two words, Kyle Rudolph.

    Wow, what a game Rudolph had. 11 receptions for 208 yards and 5 touchdown catches (breaking the previous school record for TDs in a game). The UAB defense couldn't cover him, or, at least, couldn't cove him until the miraculously decided to try and come back (aka bullshit CPU interception by leaping CB covering a different guy that one hand fuckin' catches the god damn ball; fuck I hate CPU comeback cheese) resulting in 3 turnovers very quickly by an otherwise unstoppable Notre Dame defense.

    Jimmy Clausen put up another spectacular game (besides the three interceptions), throwing for 349 yards on 21 of 30 passing for 6 touchdowns. Armando Allen put up a career day on the ground, carrying the ball 32 times for 197 yards (5.7 yards per carry) (all three of which are career highs) and 2 touchdowns.

    The defense once again showed their prowess of stopping the run, holding UAB to just 36 yards on the ground and sacking the QB 5 times, 4 of which were by Freshman sensation Kapron Lewis Moore, putting his total for the year now at an astonishing 12 sacks and the season is only halfway over!

    The story for the Fighting Irish defense was their inability to stop the pass at all. UAB's Senior QB, Joe Webb, completed 20 of 28 passes for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns. By far the best game that the Fighting Irish defense has allowed by a QB.

    Coach Xavier was fuming from this game and refused to allow anyone to speak to the media but said he would address everyone this coming Monday about this game and the previous one since no press conference was held last Monday.
     
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    Week 8 Monday Report - Long Talk With Xavier; Fighting Irish Get Another Commit; #5 in the Nation!

    After two weeks of celebration over two ESC highly ranked teams and a disappointing display of defense against UAB, Johnathan Xavier was a hard man to reach, but we were finally able to sit down with him.

    "I couldn't let our wins over LSU and Penn State get to our heads. I didn't want us to think we were lucky and don't belong in the spotlight just like these other teams," said Xavier.

    "Then, it seemed to happen to us anyway," he said, referring to the disappointing defensive outing against UAB where if it wasn't for their incredible offensive prowess, they very well could have been upset.

    "We came out flat against a very good football team and it nearly cost us. We walked out there and thought we could win it by just going through the motions instead of playing with the same heart and determination that we've played with since week 3."

    In fact, at first, it looked like they might have been able to do that, scoring the first 28 points of the game but Notre Dame made some mistakes that sorely cost them but, in the end, the large halftime lead of 35-7 was enough to keep the game out of UAB's reach.

    "We certainly were not happy with our defensive effort against UAB. We've had problems all year of preventing teams from throwing the ball on us, but never have we had such a terrible time of getting a team off the field as we had against them."

    Of course, part of that credit goes toward UAB's scheme and exploiting what Notre Dame appears to have the most issues with.

    "Most definitely. It certainly isn't all on our defense. UAB did a wonderful job of scheming for us. Our hats are definitely off to them as well."

    So what does Notre Dame plan on doing to fixing the problem?

    "There isn't anything to fix besides playing with some heart and that's what I told them after the game.

    We can't get complacent. We still have 4 conference games to play as well as out of conference games against Michigan and FCS West that will ultimately decide whether this will be one of the best seasons in Notre Dame history or another let down season of could have beens."


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    When asked about the status of freshman safety Dan McCarthy's broken tailbone:

    "Dan is progressing nicely but it will probably be another 3 weeks or so but we definitely expect him back and fully healed for the Virginia Tech game."

    "Do we expect him to immediately start again? Well, that's dependent on what he shows in practice before games. If it looks like he's fully recovered and still up to speed on his assignments, then absolutely, but that's not here or now."

    There was a slight scare when junior runningback Armando Allen went down in the 3rd quarter but, luckily, it was just a minor ankle injury and he came back in at the beginning of the 4th quarter and finished the game nicely.

    "We were worried about Armando's ankle so we wanted to take him back into the lockerroom to make sure everything was ok. Turned out it was just a slight sprain so we were able to tap him back up and he returned for us and played very well."


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    Among the numerous players that paid a visit to South Bend for last Saturday's game against UAB was :5stars: recruit Timi Bray from Cherry Hills Village in Colorado. After his visit this past weekend, we were told that he committed to Notre Dame to come play football. The 6 foot 191 pound athlete is one of the best athletes in the country (rated #3 by Scout.com).

    At this point, it's hard to tell where they are going to put Bray, but we are told that he will start next season. Bray's senior season, he played both offense and defense, playing strong safety, outside linebacker, and runningback. He's showed incredible ability to be all three so it's going to be interesting to see where he fits in best.

    The stats on Timi Bray:

    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 191 lbs
    Position Rank: #3
    Overall Rank: #35
    40 time: 4.42

    Speed: B+
    Play Rec: B-
    Strength: C+
    Agility: B-
    Hitpower: C+
    Tackle: B
    Pursuit: B
    Ball Carrier Vision: C
    Break Tackle: C
    Zone Coverage: C+
    Man Coverage: C+
    Block Shedding: C
     
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    #5 Notre Dame Continues to Struggle on Defense; Offense Continues Dominance

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    #5 Notre Dame
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    14​
    10​
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    #5 Notre Dame played host to the Tennessee Volunteers who appeared to be in the driver seat for a huge upset, going into halftime with a lead of 28-21, but the Notre Dame defense woke up and decided to start playing decently and prevented the Volunteers from scoring again as Notre Dame held on for the 45-28 win.

    The story of the game was the atrocious Fighting Irish defense in the first half (allowing well over half of Tennessee's 338 yards through the air and all of their TDs). But it was the Volunteer defense that showed some life forcing Notre Dame into 3 TERRIBLE interceptions (two of which were TOTAL CPU CHEATING BULLSHIT) as well as two fumbles by Jimmy Clausen that just happened to be picked up by other Fighting Irish offensive players to prevent even more turnovers. Clausen had another effective game besides the turnovers and near turnovers completing 22 of 34 passes for 359 yards and 4 touchdowns.

    Armando Allen and Kyle Rudolph once again had monster games. Allen had 32 carries for 150 yards and 2 TDs and Rudolph caught 10 passes for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rudolph continues to shatter the school receiving TD record and looks to break the NCAA receiving TD record for the season (27 being the record by Troy Edwards for Louisiana Tech in 1998) very soon with him currently having 17 TD receptions and still 5 games to go (at his currently rate of 2.5 TDs per game, he looks likely to best the record).

    When asked about what he said to his team during halftime to get them to play better on defense, Johnathan Xavier refused to speak about it but Junior Quarterback Jimmy Clausen had this to say:

    "He just sat there at first, in silence. On the chalkboard someone wrote heart in big letters. No one said a word until coach said, 'I can't play the game for you. You have to want to win it and right now they want it more. They want it more and everything is going their way. I can't play the game for you.' and then he stood up and walked out of the locker room.

    Turned out, he walked to the entrance tunnel for the Fight Irish and stood looking at the "Play Like A Champion" sign.

    We walked out to the entrance tunnel 5 minutes later and saw him standing there. He turned to us and said heatedly,
    'This is what it's all about. It's all or fucking nothing now. We lose this game and our championship hopes are all but gone! What are we going to do? Are we going to go out there and fucking play how we have that got us here or are we going to roll over and let a golden opportunity slip from our grasp?'"


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    Next on the schedule for Notre Dame, they travel to the Shoe to play a very talented Ohio State Buckeye team that's looking to take the #1 spot in the North Conference in the ESC.
     
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    Week 9 Monday Report - Notre Dame Looking At National Championship; Recruiting Trail Report

    Notre Dame jumped up to number 2 in the nation on Sunday's polls after their win at Tennessee putting them with California as the only two schools to remain undefeated in the nation.

    "We definitely want it," said tightend Kyle Rudolph, who is leading the Heisman ballot for the 3rd straight week after his incredible and possibly record breaking season.

    "But we are also looking at the season one game at a time."

    At halftime of Saturday's game against Tennessee, it looked like they had looked past Tennessee ahead to their monumental matchup with Ohio State.

    "It definitely seemed like that was what our problem," said sophomore defensive end Kapron Lewis Moore. "It felt like we thought we were going to go into the game and have our way with Tennessee and that just wasn't the case. We certainly paid for it in the first half."

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    Yet another signing this weekend as recruit Steven Gaddis from Zion, Illinois (a :4stars: 5'11" 197 lbs SS) committed to Notre Dame during his visit during the Tennessee game.

    Gaddis's measurables:

    40 time: 4.50

    Agility: B
    Acceleration: B
    Tackle: B-
    Play Reaction: B
    Man Cover: C+
    Zone Cover: C
    Hit Power: B-
    Pursuit: B-
    Block Shed: B-
     

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