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Here were three of the Notre Dame football questions recently asked that were answered by Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi.
Hey Lou, your answers were great, but went out to a following that isn't old enough to remember any of it happening. Not me, remember it all.
You forgot Justin Tuck!! He was a skinny kid and 2 star recruit by many recruiting services if memory serves.
Justin Tuck was a third-round selection in 2005. The question pertained to which Notre Dame players became first-round picks.
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Thanks for the correction Lou. You're the (ND) man! I was thinking most unlikely NFL success stories based on expectations/potential when arriving at ND. Thanks for all you do!
Lou, if I remember correctly, Harrison Smith was a highly recruited prospect out of the Knoxville area (maybe the Gatorade POY in TN?). Tyler was not only a 3 star recruit (barely), but was thought maybe to be done with football after a back injury his freshman year. That's a long ways to go to become a 1st round draft pick!
Yes, Harrison was a four star, but he struggled his first couple of years, especially in 2009 when he was used at outside linebacker. That's why when Brian Kelly arrived, in the spring of 2010 he declared, "if Harrison can't play safety, he can't play." He became a favorite whipping boy among many ND followers, to the point where it seemed he was even responsible for Original Sin.
I think if you would have told any ND fan before the 2011 season that Smith would become a first-roiund pick, he would have asked where you bought your wacky terbacky.
Agreed on Harrison! Incidentally, TE's father, Greg, played b-ball at Purdue for Gene Keady and once held Dominic Wilkins to 9 pts, so the bloodlines are good.
was it considered a major shock when luke was drafted so dang far in front of rosenthal??
i recall at that time that luke was not talked about all that much during the season.
what was the general consensus of people really in the know???
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I was at that '78 game in the Coliseum - ND didn't play very well for 3 quarters then staged a late 4th quarter rally ala Joe Montana/Fergerson who took it in to give ND the lead THEN that non fumble/recovery slop that gave SC a last chance game winning fg - THAT was a total letdown not witnessing a classic Montana/ND come back. Well, at least, I was there for the '88 ND/SC matchup that made up for a bunch of Coliseum disasters! GO IRISH!
I can't really say whether it was a major shock, but you're right when you say Mike Rosenthal was the far more publicized tackle. During the 9-2 regular season in 1998, right tackle Rosenthal was named to five different All-American teams, including second-team AP. Petitgout, the left left, received no mention anywhere.
I don't seem to recall there being as much mock drafts and the like back then as there are today, but apparently Petitgout tested out well and became the No. 19 overall pick. ND had a spring practice going on during the draft, and someone informed head coach Bob Davie that Petitgout was picked in the first round. He gave a speech to the team at the end of practice of how Petitgout embodied how someone is under the radar, keeps on working ... and out of nowhere he becomes a first round. The theme was "it could happen to you."
It was a great example of how All-American teams are more about publicity and popularity, while the draft is about projecting one's potential for success in the league. Petitgout went on to have a good career with the Giants, even making Peter King's All-Pro team, as I recall.
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