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April 21st, the day Notre Dame will have its annual spring game, may be the day we see quarterbacks perform in front of Brian Kelly. But the question is, w
This is spring ball. Almost everything means nothing. Almost nothing means anything. Players have 15 practices to prove to the coaching staff — and an overeager fan base —next year will be different. You’ll hear about so-and-so impressing and this-and-that position battle.
Website's unofficial poll puts freshman Everett Golson as the fans' pick.
SOUTH BEND, Ind.—This spring, the Notre Dame coaching staff has conducted somewhat of a football experiment with Theo Riddick, one of the team’s most dynamic offensive players. Entering his senior season, he has seen reps at running back and wide receiver in hopes of finding
As the Irish return from a long weekend off for Easter, UND.com's practice update focuses on the outside wide receiver position, coached by Mike Denbrock.
Verbal Commits 
1] MI OL - Steve Elmer
2] OH TE/DE - Jacob Matuska
3] MN WR - James Onawalu
4] KY OL - Hunter Bivin
5] IL OL - Colin McGovern
6] PA OL - Mike McGlinchey
7] OH QB - Maliik Zaire
8] NJ ATH - Rashad Kinlaw
9] TX WR - Corey Robinson
10] DC CB - Devin Butler
SOUTH BEND -- He walked into Purcell Pavilion that first morning of
Ishaq Williams wants to perform on the sme level of his Notre Dame classmates.The sophomore-to-be linebacker arrived last year with defensive ends Aaron Lynch and
As we continue trucking on to the end of spring practice for 2012, heres a quick look at some upper classmen who Notre Dame need to finish this spring
With spring practice well underway for teams around the nation, fans, coaches and players are gaining more insight to how their team will look when the games kick off in the fall...
Weeks after Timothy Gramza almost lost his life, it's still hard for him to think, everything he holds dear could have been taken away in an instant. It was an ordinary Sunday, April 1st. Gramza and h
someone please define Kelly's proto-type quarterback
If you are Lloyd Carr...its pretty easy...6-3 to 6-6, 200 to 230 lbs, throw first, drop back pocket passer with good range...tuck and run only occasionally.
What does Kelly's look like?
I ask because we have two dual threat guys, 6 ft tall, about 190...and we have Gunner..prostyle, 6-3, drop back pass first type.
Unless we are planning on using the wildcat frequently, I don't see a real pattern here.
See Dan LeFevour from CMU as Kelly's protype qb. However look what Curt Anes was able to do with GVSU and he was a fairly immobile qb, not Rees immobile, but not a dual threat.
Prior to ND, Kelly seemed to be a master at getting the most out of his QB's. I fear he may have had a QB coach pulling the strings for him that didn't make the voyage to South Bend.
I agree. Greg Forrest was with Kelly for a long time (19 years I believe). I think that Chuck Martin is going to do a solid job with the quarterbacks this year though. I never liked Charlie Molnar's style. He was a pure spread guy, rather than a hybrid guy like I think we'll quickly find out that Martin is. I think that Martin also has Kelly's ear a lot more than Molnar did and that there is a lot more respect there for Martin's opinion. I also think that there is a lot more synchronicity between Kelly and Martin, something Kelly has alluded to in spring interviews and press conferences.
I really do believe Kelly when he talks about starting over with the quarterbacks this spring and re-teaching the fundamentals. I think that is a cushy way of him saying "I don't like what Charlie Molnar taught them, and I am not happy with their development, so I Chuck Martin and I are going to take over and start from scratch". I don't think it can hurt! The quarterback play has been extremely shaky for the last two years.
As for the question of Kelly's ideal quarterback. It's not the matter of size to define the skill-set Kelly is looking for, rather it's a matter of skill-set.
Gunner Kiel is a much better runner than you give him credit for. I bet he runs in the high 4.6's / low 4.7's and while that's not elite by any stretch of the imagination, at 6'3, 230lbs, that's very solid. He runs as well, or better, than Dayne Crist did before his knee injuries and I think that is plenty to be a threat. Remember, Kelly doesn't NEED a runner, what he wants is a guy that can move the pocket and keep plays alive with his feet.
The problem with looking simply a measurables when trying to get a feel for quarterbacks, is that different sized guys can actually have similar skill sets. I've compared Everett Golson to Denis Dixon about 20 times on this board. On paper people think "no way" because Dixon is 4 inches taller than Golson so "there is no way they can be similar". That's simply not true.
A perfect example is at Texas. In 2005, Vince Young won the Heisman trophy running a version of the spread offense. Young is 6'5-6'5 and can run like the wind. Therefore, the offense was loaded with running options and run-pass options, as well as designed runs. For the next 4 years, Colt McCoy dominated at Texas and became the all time winningest QB in NCAA history, running the same offense (in theory) that Young ran prior to him. the difference is that while McCoy could still run and move the pocket, he didn't have the elite speed that Young did. So rather than emphasize the running options in the playbook, Texas used their running game more (with their running backs), but they used the same passing offense they had used with Young.
There is a misconception that everytime you switch quarterbacks (especially if they have slightly different skill sets) that have to remake your offense. That isn't true. In Texas' case, probably 65% of their offense stayed the exact same for McCoy as what was being run with Young. The changes that were made were subtle. For example, some of the run / pass options had their "run option" removed from them. Some of their roll outs designed to get Young into space, became in-pocket shotgun throws for McCoy. The blocking may have changed for the offensive line, but the routes the receivers were running remained the same.
Therefore, when you recruit your quarterbacks, you don't see to make the positions homogeneous. What you look for is the best quarterbacks available, that fit into the majority of your offense.
There is plenty of time in the spring and through the summer to install 25-30% of the playbook. Hell, you don't even need the entire playbook for game one. You can get away with having 75% of it learned, and continue to learn it throughout the year. The point is that Kiel can do the vast majority of what Golson and Hendrix and Zaire can do. Whichever guy ends up being the starter down the road, Kelly will makes some tweeks to maximize their effectiveness and take advantage of their skill set, but if one of them gets hurt or pulled, there won't be a complete change of playbook for the next guy. That vast majority of the playbook with carry over, despite that popular misconception.
A review of recruiting misses for Notre Dame have led to a depth issue for cornerbacks. Where did the Irish miss? Take a look at www.onefootdown.com
Continuing our position-by-position outlook this spring, today we take a look at the inside linebackers. Unlike the outside linebackers where the depth chart i
As I watched with great pleasure the Florida football program flourish from 2005 to 2010, there was something unpleasant and slimy about Urban Meyer. Kind of like a fish that was just reeled in and on the way to the catch bucket. Something just wasns boys support...
WSBT-AM adds FM simulcast
Schurz Communications’ WSBT-AM South Bend, IN has migrated its News format onto FM, in addition to 960 AM. Schurz recently took over the 96.1 FM translator frequency in South Bend from Progressive Broadcasting System’s Christian WFRN-FM, based in Elkhart, IN.
Schurz’s two signals will simulcast around the clock, and that includes coverage of local sports, ESPN Radio and University of Notre Dame football and men’s basketball.
WFRN keeps its main 104.7 signal in Elkhart and 11 other regional translators.
After being blessed with a future Pro Bowl receiver for the last four years, it’s going to be difficult to Notre Dame to replace Michael Floyd. However, tight end Tyler Eifert can help make it a smooth transition for the Fighting Irish...
Another season is in the books, but Sports Illustrated is already eying the Irish women for the 2013 season.
Notre Dame has been sweating it out long enough, and it's about that time to showcase what it's improved on throughout those spring practices...
Gilman defensive tackle Henry Poggi is the No. 25 high school football prospect in the Class of 2013 according to MaxPreps/CBS Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, who released his Top 100 list this week.
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