BGI Gazette: Monday, August 27

Today’s edition of our weekly round-up of the top stories surrounding Notre Dame football includes a look at several depth chart shake-ups, the annual ritual of preseason prediction and a few formerly familiar faces.

The Starting Lineup
Notre Dame released its first depth chart for Week One against Navy Sunday afternoon, but not before a series of twists and turns at several key positions.

-’s Matt Fortuna went digging around Everett Golson’s roots to trace his path from scout team quarterback to Saturday’s starter.

- Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III have to answer the bell after senior Cierre Wood was suspended for two games, says Evan Hilbert from

- Resident BGI historian Lou Somogyi revealed that freshman KeiVarae Russell is about to do something that no one has ever done at Notre Dame before.

The Irish Crystal Ball
Notre Dame’s regular beat writers lay their bets on the line about what they expect to witness in 2012.

- Brian Hamilton from the Chicago Tribune focused on senior tight end Tyler Eifert as well as a few predictions for breakout players in his recent Irish football primer.

- South Bend Tribune columnist Al Lesar wasn’t exactly bullish on Brian Kelly while breaking down Notre Dame’s 2012 schedule game by game.

- The Irish Huddle, BGI’s regular podcast, discussed what it would take for Notre Dame to be successful on the field this fall.

Irish Alumni Network
A handful of former Irish players and coaches are getting adjusted to new roles this month.

- Former Irish safety Tommy Zbikowski landed back in Indiana this summer with the NFL’s Colts. That was no accident, according to Dan Pompei from the Chicago Tribune.

- Bob Davie will coach his first college on Saturday since he was fired at Notre Dame in 2001. Rick Wright from the Albuquerque Journal writes about whether or not he’s the right guy to turn around New Mexico’s program.

- Fifth-year senior Dayne Crist has attracted plenty of media attention this summer at Kansas, including this interesting profile from Rustin Dodd and the local Kansas City Star.

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