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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Watched the defense today during Notre Dame’s first bit of spring ball. <br><br>Guys who got my attention: Jordan Genmark Heath, Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah, Jerry Tillery, Te’von Coney, Daelin Hayes, D.J. Morgan</p>— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) <a href="

">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On offense, Jafar Armstrong looked intriguing in his slash role. Quarterback Avery Davis did get some work at wide out. Basically, we’ll see. Offensive skill spots up for grabs. Might be a good thing.</p>— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) <a href="

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">PHOTOS: Check out the first look at Notre Dame football in 2018 with this spring practice photo gallery, courtesy of <a href="

">@mattcashore</a> <a href="https://t.co/o38u4OT6z3">https://t.co/o38u4OT6z3</a> <a href="https://t.co/NxvNHnOJcs">pic.twitter.com/NxvNHnOJcs</a></p>— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) <a href="
">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brian Kelly said punter Tyler Newsome got more than 50% of the votes as a captain. Sort of impressive considering he’s not part of a position group.</p>— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) <a href="

">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brian Kelly lauds intensity of the defense on Day One. Compliments Brandon Wimbush on offense. “You can see a big difference in his footwork."</p>— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) <a href="

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brian Kelly: “Today was not a sloppy first practice … stark difference to last year."</p>— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) <a href="

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sam Mustipher here to talk about being named a captain straight from the practice field. Pretty sure he’s got some blood on his shorts.</p>— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) <a href="

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tyler Newsome on being named a captain: “It’s definitely one of the biggest honors of my lifetime."</p>— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) <a href="

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Drue Tranquill raving about Clark Lea as Notre Dame’s new defensive coordinator. Clear they have a positive relationship. Calls Lea both like a father and a professor.</p>— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) <a href="

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Three guys really jumped out at me today athletically. Sophomore Rover Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has incredible quickness and speed. Everything he does is fast. He's clearly the best athlete at the position. Still thin, but he was really impressive athletically.</p>— Bryan Driskell (@BGI_CoachD) <a href="

">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sophomore receiver Michael Young looked like the guy I ranked as one of the best players in the 2017 class. His foot agility is exceptional and his speed played up more, mainly b/c he looks so much more confident with his technique and assignments. He was a standout today.</p>— Bryan Driskell (@BGI_CoachD) <a href="

">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The other standout today was Tony Jones Jr. He is slimmed down a bit, and that came with improved speed and quickness. Jones looked more sudden today than he ever did last spring, and he was a standout last spring as well. He smoked several DB's during one-on-one's.</p>— Bryan Driskell (@BGI_CoachD) <a href="

">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sophomore safety Jordan Genmark Heath is thinner than he was last year, and it has improved his agility and athletic traits. He was always good as a downhill guy, but today his quickness was better, his COD was better and his transitions were smooth and quick.</p>— Bryan Driskell (@BGI_CoachD) <a href="

">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Notre Dame has nine scholarship OL, and athletically and physical all nine of them look like they are big time players. Conditioning level of the OL looks really good, and they are massive, just massive up front.</p>— Bryan Driskell (@BGI_CoachD) <a href="

">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">QB Avery Davis looked far more comfortable throwing today. His footwork was improved, his arm speed/release was more consistent and he was more accurate than we saw in the fall. He also took reps at WR during 1-on-1's and looked natural doing that as well. Kid's a football player</p>— Bryan Driskell (@BGI_CoachD) <a href="

">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Loved what I saw from Darnell Ewell. He's still very raw, but he worked hard today. He hustled from station to station, and after a rep on the 1-man sled he looked at Coach Elston and asked if he could repeat the rep b/c he didn't like how he did it. Loved seeing that.</p>— Bryan Driskell (@BGI_CoachD) <a href="

">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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I doubt Ewell plays a ton this year but next year could be very valuable if he continues to grow

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Have seen this from multiple people and it is great news if Javon is getting back to form

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Junior Javon McKinley was thinner than last year & finally looks 100% healthy. He made several impressive catches today and for the first time since he's been at ND during an open practice he looked like the confident pass catcher that made him such a highly sought after recruit</p>— Bryan Driskell (@BGI_CoachD) <a href="

">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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As Davis said, I know it is practice but a couple of observations:

 

1. Neither Book nor Wimbush seem to be able to hit a receiver in stride. Book had a nice back shoulder throw but it wasn't a back shoulder throw situation.

 

2. What is Mack's situation? He just looks awkward out there.

 

3. Avery Davis has good speed and better hands than most of the other receivers I saw out there.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today's Notre Dame practice highlights include a <a href="

">@MBoykin814</a> catch that should really be slowed down to be properly appreciated: <a href="https://t.co/5SKWIDfbcd">https://t.co/5SKWIDfbcd</a> <a href="https://t.co/FpcP5fuB2v">pic.twitter.com/FpcP5fuB2v</a></p>— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) <a href="
">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Practice Report: Day One (FREE) <a href="https://t.co/BGCEpcQR0U">https://t.co/BGCEpcQR0U</a></p>— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) <a href="

">March 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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I know it's only one practice, but i had a hunch gilman was over hyped. Not saying he's a bad player but coaches tend to claim that the kid that's ineligible is the missing piece.

 

Yeah I wasn't buying the hype either and I never thought there was a chance he was going to start here. Sure he had a good year at Navy but Navy plays a weaker schedule than we do here.

 

I actually think we need to keep Love at corner because he's too good there. I didn't mind Coleman last year but wasn't sold on Elliot or Studsill.

 

The guy to keep an eye on is Genmark Heath, he played a bit vs LSU and is really raw but he might be our best athlete at safety. Plus Kelly seems to love him as I recall him singling him out a few times.

 

Great news on Mckinley too.

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I know it's only one practice, but i had a hunch gilman was over hyped. Not saying he's a bad player but coaches tend to claim that the kid that's ineligible is the missing piece.

 

Are there hidden videos I'm not seeing?

 

Dexter Williams looks downright skinny.

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Yeah I wasn't buying the hype either and I never thought there was a chance he was going to start here. Sure he had a good year at Navy but Navy plays a weaker schedule than we do here.

 

I actually think we need to keep Love at corner because he's too good there. I didn't mind Coleman last year but wasn't sold on Elliot or Studsill.

 

The guy to keep an eye on is Genmark Heath, he played a bit vs LSU and is really raw but he might be our best athlete at safety. Plus Kelly seems to love him as I recall him singling him out a few times.

 

Great news on Mckinley too.

 

Will be interesting with Gilman. People were still saying again at the end of last year that he would have started. Genmark-Heath also grew and was playing well. So did he pass Gilman? Either way both need to be an upgrade over Elliott and Studstill.

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Will be interesting with Gilman. People were still saying again at the end of last year that he would have started. Genmark-Heath also grew and was playing well. So did he pass Gilman? Either way both need to be an upgrade over Elliott and Studstill.

 

Why did Elliot and studstill get so much hype when they committed?

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I know it's only one practice, but i had a hunch gilman was over hyped. Not saying he's a bad player but coaches tend to claim that the kid that's ineligible is the missing piece.

 

Are you saying he was over-hyped because you saw something in the practice videos or merely because he was on the second team?

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Why did Elliot and studstill get so much hype when they committed?

 

Elliott was very raw but displayed all the ability to be an excellent DB. Think he still has the athletic ability but the technique and desire to tackle like a DB needs to are not. Can't change that, maybe if he played more DB in high school that would have been witnessed.

 

Studstill was a BVG under the radar guy that is decent. He is a true definition of a 3* evaluation. He can be solid but has deficiencies.

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https://notredame.rivals.com/news/2018-notre-dame-football-roster

 

Running backs really confused me until I read this.

 

2- Has always been Dexter Williams. Still is.

6- Jones Jr took his high school number back

8- Jafar Armstrong- They were not kidding he got alot of work today.

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Seemed that the highlights contained a fair amount of RPO action. Seems like a good idea to get Wimbush out on the edge to let him make plays, rather than keep him in the pocket and make downfield reads.

 

I did not think Avery Davis looked as smooth as others here did, but an athlete for sure.

 

If Dex can figure out pass protection, he is going to have a strong year. Does look lighter as people mentioned though.

 

I second all Tony Jones, Michael Young comments. Nothing like overanalyzing three minute highlight videos, must be spring!

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Seemed that the highlights contained a fair amount of RPO action. Seems like a good idea to get Wimbush out on the edge to let him make plays, rather than keep him in the pocket and make downfield reads.

 

I did not think Avery Davis looked as smooth as others here did, but an athlete for sure.

 

If Dex can figure out pass protection, he is going to have a strong year. Does look lighter as people mentioned though.

 

I second all Tony Jones, Michael Young comments. Nothing like overanalyzing three minute highlight videos, must be spring!

 

I'm a little concerned by DW weight loss. Again I'm a little old school with a power run game and want stronger and bigger backs who can hit the hole hard and keep chugging. Some may point to his lack of elite speed and getting run down from behind as a reason to drop weight. Like many I didn't see a problem with his running ability when healthy last year, matter of fact the few carries he had while banged up were impressive. Maybe some of the loss was due to not being able to hit the weights I dunno.

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If Dexter and Jones Jr can remain healthy, they will be a dynamite 1-2 punch. They both looked great when healthy. Rewatch the USC game last year to see what type of potential Jones Jr has. Armstrong is intriguing. Open minded.

 

Think we all should prepare for new receivers including Young. Kid sounds like a stud. Think Kevin White will get in there too. Days of ESB and Stepherson are over. Think they are replaceable honestly, and I think Young/White will do great.

 

On running backs, does anyone have any idea what happened to Deon McIntosh? I thought the kid ran quite well. What the heck did he do to get the boot right away from 1 incident? Just odd.

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I know it's only one practice, but i had a hunch gilman was over hyped. Not saying he's a bad player but coaches tend to claim that the kid that's ineligible is the missing piece.

 

You're right,. Evaluating players after one practice and making judgments about their ability to start are pretty worthless. So taking your thoughts in a different direction, I say Gilman will be the starteer vs Michigan.

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